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January 13, 2017

What is BIORHYTHM?EXPLORE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSIC AND THE BODY THROUGH ART AND SCIENCE

BIORHYTHM: MUSIC & THE BODY IS AN ENGAGING VISITOR EXPERIENCE CREATED BY SCIENCE GALLERY DUBLIN

What makes us dance? Why do we sing the blues? Could there be a formula for the perfect hit?

Music is a central part of the human experience, but what is the natural force that drives us to sing, strum, drum and dance? What is the scientific basis of whistling, humming and toe-tapping?

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker recently claimed that music is “auditory cheesecake”, designed to tickle parts of our brain designed for more serious purposes like speech and abstract reasoning. Darwin, on the other hand, preferred to think that music and dance evolved as an integral part of human courtship rituals. George Bernard Shaw more racily described dancing as “the vertical expression of a horizontal desire”. Our brains, ears and vocal chords are exquisitely designed for enjoying and creating music.

From an acoustic bed to sonic tables and experiments on your emotional response to pop music, Science Gallery’s Summer exhibition BIORHYTHM will allow you to feel how music moves your body through an interactive bazaar of unique sonic experiences, installations, experiments and performances from musicians, engineers and neuroscientists from around the world.

EXHIBIT COMPONENTS

HEAD SPACE

Papermen [Ireland / UK]

Our two ears enable us to detect the direction of sound, helping create spatial awareness in the world around us. Using a binaural head placed remotely from the visitor, spatial sounds are transmitted back to headphones, allowing the listener to have remote spatial awareness.

SONIC BED_MARFA

Kaffe Matthews [UK]

Time for bed at Science Gallery, but this is not a bed for sleeping in. Sub woofers deliver a deep and intimate sonic soundscape throughout the structure, connecting with all your senses and enabling you to feel as well as hear the transmitted sound. The bed explores our very personal relationship with music. Imagine a tank full of sound – slip inside for a sonic dip.

KLANGKAPSEL

Satoshi Morita [Japan]

Music isn’t always about hearing and listening; this installation is an experience that enables you to feel sound. Transducers are pressed against your body deliver an 8-channel soundtrack throughout the capsule. The highly immersive nature of the piece takes you inside the artists body.

SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHING

David Handford [UK]

Any gallery needs a chair, but beware of this one. This original 1920s chair has been reconstructed full of sonic charges. Manipulate the voltage-controlled oscillators on the control panel and you will physically experience the power of sound to your personal liking. The intensity is up to you.

OPTOFONICA CAPSULE

TeZ [Italy]

This shell-like shape encapsulates you within an immersive audiovisual structure. While resonating in surround and tactile sound and delivering specially composed visuals to your eyes, low frequencies are fed through the floor converting sound into vibrations through your body. This installation is not for the faint-hearted.

THE THEREMIN INSPECTORS

Sean McDonald & Alex Hornbake [USA]

Create sound without touching. The Theremin is one of most unique instruments ever invented. By creating interference patterns around the instrument you will make music. This installation will demonstrate the way sound waves are carried through the air. It is intended this prototype project will use music to teach the science of sound.

MUSIC, EMOTION & EMPATHY

Niall Coghlan, Sonic Arts Research Centre Queens University, Belfast [UK]

You are invited to measure your emotions as a part of the their on-going experiment with music and emotion. Does your body like music you thought you hated? Using heart-rate monitors and galvanic skin response, the experiment reads your physical response to a selection of music samples.

REACTABLE

Reactable Systems [Netherlands]

This is a collaborative, multi-user audio visual experience. Sensors in the table and objects combine to create a sonic experience that is different every time a piece is moved. Created by the Music Technology Group at the University Of Pompeu Fabra, Spain, it allows the instrument to be played by simultaneous performers, opening a whole universe of musical possibilities.

CONTACTS

Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt [France]

By making contact with the sculpture, and with those around you, build up a soundscape you turn yourself into the musical instrument. This immersive sound tool, by the sound artists Scenocosme, creates electrical circuits generated by the interaction of people.

HEART ‘N’ BEAT

Yoshi Akai [Japan]

‘Punk science’ meets Japanese innovation in this unique musical instrument that uses your own heart beat as the basis for a tune. Using your body as an electric circuit, the instrument takes your pulse and sonifies it. You can then add sound samples and play along to your own heart.

INSTRUMEN

Chaja Hertog [Netherlands]

This triptych is a work by the artist Chaja Hertog, and is recreated for the first time in Dublin. The ‘Instrumen’ in question perform a haunting musical experience created by their physical integration with the instruments they are playing. By slowly moving their bodies the performers build up a soundscape that would be impossible to recreate using conventional instruments. Prepare to be moved and disturbed by this powerful audiovisual work.

HEAR, HEAR

Papermen [Ireland / UK]

You are able to hear is due to the way your brain collects and processes the sound waves in the air. Physical motion is turned into chemical signals inside the ear that are sent to the brain. Percussive bones, rippling hairs and moving liquid – a collaboration between artist and scientist has created this playful exploration of the world of human hearing.

BODY SNATCHER

Alex Dowling & Sinead Meaney [Ireland]

Here’s an opportunity to make your own music in the gallery. Sample yourself at the software station and get instant music feedback in the form of a personal dance tune.

CHAINS OF EMOTION

Javier Jaimovich, Sonic Arts Research Centre Queens University, Belfast [UK]
This is a highly participatory experience, urging visitors to form human chains to create a unique and ever-changing musical performance. Metal chains hang in the gallery space and visitors are invited to form links in a musical chain.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING

UPCOMING EVENTS

Peaceful Sounds of Revolution

January 13, 2018 10:am – 2:00pm No American social movement of the 20th or 21st century more closely connected to music than the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Music continues to lift the spirits listeners and defines us as individuals and

Lecture: Game Changers: Women in Music

Conversations with women who share their art through traditionally male-dominated music genres like rock and roll and hip-hop. Music expression through a female lens is essential to all music genres. You’ll even hear from women who are dominating the local music scene

Lecture: Science of Sound: Transformative Technology

The world of transformative technology is growing and includes everything from apps to cutting edge inventions that are improving our quality of life and allowing humans to experience life beyond our senses. Learn how the ancient sounds of meditation and the music

Lecture: Latino Health: Dancing into Good Health

Join us as we explore the health issues impacting Latino communities and learn how getting your salsa on can reduce stress, increase energy, improve muscle tone and improve your mood. Learn how Latin sounds are influencing all genres of music and grooving

Lecture: Sounds of Houston

What is the soundtrack to your life? Music is all around us and it significantly impacts the formation of our identity. It’s a great way to express ourselves about life issues. Explore the human culture of music. Hear from the local LGBQT

Listening Devices

January 13, 2018 – Presenter: Alex De Little This is an open workshop, offered during Free Family Thursday, by Alex De Little, a researcher, sound artist, and composer with bases in Leeds and London, UK. He has been featured in the London Contemporary

Create-A-Playlist: Musical Modulation and Entrainment for Wellness

January 27, 2018 – Presenters: Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC, Virginia Gray MT-BC, Audrey Zybura MT-BC Open to all Ages. Music entrainment is a great way to energize or quiet our bodies to achieve wellness. Whether your goal is to get your heart rate

Music: Medicine for the Brain

February 1, 2018 – Presenters: Marial Biard, MM, MT-BC, Neurological Music Therapist; Christian Niedzwecki, DO Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician; Steven Z. Wirt, OTR, MS Registered Occupational Therapist, and special guests, the Loring Family This lecture focuses on an understanding of the

Family centered drumming for wellness

February 10, 2018 – Presenters: Antonio Milland Santiago MT-BC; Jonathan Silbert MM, MT-BC Families come together to explore ways to communicate and cope with daily life through drumming. Participates will have the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of instruments, explore

Do Re Mi, ABC, 123, You and Me: Music in the Classroom for Well-being

February 17, 2018 – Presenters: Karina Melara, MM, MT-BC, NMT Designed for early childhood educators This workshop is designed to teach early childhood educators on the ways to use music for the cognitive, communicative, motor, and psycho-social domains of the brain in the

Sound Meditation

March 3, 2018 – Presenter: Nina Patel This workshop is a sound meditation class. Participants need to bring a towel or yoga mat to sit on.  

What is Music Therapy?

March 15, 2018 – Presenter: Virginia Gray, MT-BC “When we look at the body of evidence that the arts contribute to our society, it’s absolutely astounding. Music therapists are breaking down the walls of silence and affliction of autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.”

Music and My Body

March 24, 2018 – Presenters: Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC; Virginia Gray, MT-BC The music and my body workshop is an opportunity for children to explore how their body responds to music through instrument playing, movement, and vibration with educational components showing the area

Music Therapy and Autism

April 12, 2018 – Presenter: Veronica Butler, MSed, LMT, CIMI, MT-BC Veronica Butler, of the Music Therapy Center of Houston, will be giving a lecture on Music Therapy and Autism designed to show how families can use music therapy in homes with

We’ve Got the Beat: Music Therapy and Entrainment

April 19, 2018 – Presenter: Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC Entrainment is a physics term that is used to explain that two objects moving together use less energy than two objects moving in opposite directions. It is the phenomenon that can be seen when

Peaceful Sounds of Revolution

January 13, 2018 10:am – 2:00pm No American social movement of the 20th or 21st century more closely connected to music than the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Music continues to lift the spirits listeners and defines us as individuals and

Lecture: Game Changers: Women in Music

Conversations with women who share their art through traditionally male-dominated music genres like rock and roll and hip-hop. Music expression through a female lens is essential to all music genres. You’ll even hear from women who are dominating the local music scene

Lecture: Science of Sound: Transformative Technology

The world of transformative technology is growing and includes everything from apps to cutting edge inventions that are improving our quality of life and allowing humans to experience life beyond our senses. Learn how the ancient sounds of meditation and the music

Lecture: Latino Health: Dancing into Good Health

Join us as we explore the health issues impacting Latino communities and learn how getting your salsa on can reduce stress, increase energy, improve muscle tone and improve your mood. Learn how Latin sounds are influencing all genres of music and grooving

Lecture: Sounds of Houston

What is the soundtrack to your life? Music is all around us and it significantly impacts the formation of our identity. It’s a great way to express ourselves about life issues. Explore the human culture of music. Hear from the local LGBQT

Listening Devices

January 13, 2018 – Presenter: Alex De Little This is an open workshop, offered during Free Family Thursday, by Alex De Little, a researcher, sound artist, and composer with bases in Leeds and London, UK. He has been featured in the London Contemporary

Create-A-Playlist: Musical Modulation and Entrainment for Wellness

January 27, 2018 – Presenters: Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC, Virginia Gray MT-BC, Audrey Zybura MT-BC Open to all Ages. Music entrainment is a great way to energize or quiet our bodies to achieve wellness. Whether your goal is to get your heart rate

Music: Medicine for the Brain

February 1, 2018 – Presenters: Marial Biard, MM, MT-BC, Neurological Music Therapist; Christian Niedzwecki, DO Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician; Steven Z. Wirt, OTR, MS Registered Occupational Therapist, and special guests, the Loring Family This lecture focuses on an understanding of the

Family centered drumming for wellness

February 10, 2018 – Presenters: Antonio Milland Santiago MT-BC; Jonathan Silbert MM, MT-BC Families come together to explore ways to communicate and cope with daily life through drumming. Participates will have the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of instruments, explore

Do Re Mi, ABC, 123, You and Me: Music in the Classroom for Well-being

February 17, 2018 – Presenters: Karina Melara, MM, MT-BC, NMT Designed for early childhood educators This workshop is designed to teach early childhood educators on the ways to use music for the cognitive, communicative, motor, and psycho-social domains of the brain in the

Sound Meditation

March 3, 2018 – Presenter: Nina Patel This workshop is a sound meditation class. Participants need to bring a towel or yoga mat to sit on.  

What is Music Therapy?

March 15, 2018 – Presenter: Virginia Gray, MT-BC “When we look at the body of evidence that the arts contribute to our society, it’s absolutely astounding. Music therapists are breaking down the walls of silence and affliction of autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.”

Music and My Body

March 24, 2018 – Presenters: Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC; Virginia Gray, MT-BC The music and my body workshop is an opportunity for children to explore how their body responds to music through instrument playing, movement, and vibration with educational components showing the area

Music Therapy and Autism

April 12, 2018 – Presenter: Veronica Butler, MSed, LMT, CIMI, MT-BC Veronica Butler, of the Music Therapy Center of Houston, will be giving a lecture on Music Therapy and Autism designed to show how families can use music therapy in homes with

We’ve Got the Beat: Music Therapy and Entrainment

April 19, 2018 – Presenter: Jennifer Townsend, MMT, MT-BC Entrainment is a physics term that is used to explain that two objects moving together use less energy than two objects moving in opposite directions. It is the phenomenon that can be seen when

Music and Me!: An Interactive, Developmental Music Workshop for Children and Caregivers

April 21, 2018 – Presenters: Carolyn Moore, Ph.D, MT-BC; Karen Miller, MT-BC Caregivers intuitively know that engagement in music experiences benefits their child’s development. Children (ages birth to 4) and their caregivers are invited to participate in this interactive music group! Board-certified music

The Blind Musician

May 17, 2018 – Presenter: Richard Fish, MD Dr. Richard Fish is an ophthalmologist and a musician. His passion for these two fields led him to explore the connection between visual disability and musical performance. This presentation, based on his book, The Blind

Family centered drumming for wellness

May 26, 2018 – Presenters: Antonio Milland Santiago MT-BC; Jonathan Silbert MM, MT-BC Families come together to explore ways to communicate and cope with daily life through drumming. Participates will have the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of instruments, explore

Music in Our Lives: A workshop for older adults

May 26, 2018 – Presenters: Carolyn Moore, Ph.D, MT-BC; Karen Miller, MT-BC Music is all around us throughout our lives: it reminds us of special memories, evokes emotions and feelings, stimulates us to move, and is the soundtrack of our social interactions. As

An Introduction to MATADOC (Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness); a music-based measure to contribute to interdisciplinary assess of awareness in PDOC (People with Disorders of Consciousness)

June 21, 2018 – Presenter: Virginia Gray, MT-BC The MATADOC is the first standardized assessment tool to use music for actualizing awareness in people with disorders of consciousness. This lecture will overview the clinical features of People with Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC),

Create-A-Playlist: Musical Modulation and Entrainment for Wellness

July 21, 2018 – Presenters: Jennifer Townsend MMT, MT-BC, Virginia Gray MT-BC, Audrey Zybura MT-BC Open to all Ages. Music entrainment is a great way to energize or quiet our bodies to achieve wellness. Whether your goal is to get your heart rate

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