Is it possible to see sound? To touch it? Or step on it?
This, the first interactive temporary exhibition at the Copernicus Science Centre, is an invitation to travel into the land of sound. The author of the exhibition, the German musician and educator Michael Bradke, has constructed a unique set of exhibits exploring the mysteries of the physics of sound and human hearing.
With the aid of unusual and often very simple musical instruments, we can perform astounding musical experiments. Sound microscopes will allow us to hear objects that normally are silent, such as ice cream sticks or egg slicers. We can check whether our voice gets lost in a labyrinth of winding pipe, and whether we can play a melody on one string just by balancing on it. We can test whether we can feel the sound produced by a great pipe bell with just our fingertips, and then judge what sounds better: wooden beams, stone tiles, or glass bottles. Making music on them will teach us about the variety of sounds and different ways they are produced. Advanced electronics will even give us the chance to see if we might have a successful career singing like a robot!
While the temporary exhibit is on, the whole Centre will be engrossed in music – a special path will lead us through parts of the permanent exhibitions that are also linked to sound, hearing and music. So come and feel the good vibrations! Have a blast while knocking, plucking, striking and blowing – all at the Copernicus Science Centre, where everyone can become a musical explorer!
Entrance to the exhibition is included in the ticket to the Copernicus Science Centre permanent exhibitions.