Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Wild Music, Sounds & Songs of Life Exhibit

10/05/2013 to 01/05/2014 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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The exhibit invites guests to explore sound in three immersive environments: The Edge of the Forest, The Ocean Deeps, and the City Center, enhancing their knowledge of natural and synthetic sounds in the three acoustic labs. In The Edge of The Forest, visitors can hunt for sounds of forest creatures and learn about birdsongs and soundscapes.

The Ocean Deeps underwater environment explores the sounds of whales, which resemble human songs in phrasing, rhythm, and variations on basic themes. A hydrophone, used in studying whale songs, can be lowered into a tank of water where it amplifies sounds like a throbbing engine.

In the City Center’s Jamming Room, guests may record a musical memory and watch what others have shared. There is an interactive sound studio that entices visitors to create their own musical composition while singing into the microphone, playing drums, mixing the backing tracks, and experimenting with an assortment of instruments.