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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.

SONIC CHAIR

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.

EMOTION IN MOTION

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.

LISTENING DEVICES

Alex De Little and Lara Karady [UK]

Our understanding of the position of sounds in space is related entirely to the shape, size and position of our outer ear, or pinnae. These Listening Devices defamiliarise the ear by altering and limiting our ability to perceive sound; they put the wearer into an altered sonic reality. Try them on. How do they affect your perception of the world around you?

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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Andy Roo and the Just Add Beats Workshop

Saturday, May 26, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM:  Come out to the Health Museum and join Andy Roo and the Andy Roouniverse on an exciting musical journey! From 10 – 10:45 AM: Andy Roo will be bringing the joy of music

Music in Our Lives: A workshop for older adults

May 26, 2018  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Presenters: Carolyn Moore, Ph.D, MT-BC; Karen Miller, MT-BC Tickets to this workshop include admission to the museum. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Music is all around us throughout our lives: it reminds us of special
Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston

Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston

Thursday, June 7, 2018 6 – 10 PM Join us for Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston, a special lecture and mixer in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Houston! OPEN TO AGES 21+ This month’s lecture: Sounds of Houston What is the soundtrack to your

Stephanie Rice: Artistic Thoughts of a Scientific Mind

Thursday, June 14, 2018 5 – 7 PM: Join us for an evening of live music and intimate conversation with Stephanie Rice. Discover how her love of music and science helped her rise above the struggles associated with being a Lesbian in

Robot Orchestra

Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM:  Join sound engineer, Andrew Karnavas, and recycled art artist, Charles Washington, in their fun, unique workshop – Robot Orchestra! Open to all ages. This workshop is $10/participant and includes admission to the museum.
School of Rock Clear Lake

School of Rock Clear Lake

June 10, 2018 Don’t miss Sunday Rocks.  We are pleased to partner with School of Rock, a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.  Come and experience these talented young musicians. Tickets can be purchased here.

Breakfree Houston

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Come out to the Health Museum and enjoy the programming put on by Breakfree Houston! From 10:00 – 10:45 AM: Watch Breakfree Houston’s energetic, exciting live performance in our Grand Hall. From

Tom’s Fun Band and the Science of Sound

Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Come out to the Health Museum and participate in the exciting educational programming from Tom’s Fun Band! From 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Tom’s Fun Band will be taking you on a journey

Vibrations and Libations presents Country and Rock

Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:30 PM – 10 PM Join us for Vibrations and Libations presents Country and Rock, a special lecture and mixer in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Houston! OPEN TO AGES 21+ This month’s lecture: CW Houston NewsFix Anchor GREGO presents
School of Rock Kingwood 2

School of Rock Kingwood 2

July 15, 2018 Don’t miss Sunday Rocks.  We are pleased to partner with School of Rock, a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.  Come and experience these talented young musicians Tickets can be purchased here.

Stephanie Rice: Artistic Thoughts of a Scientific Mind

Thursday, June 14, 2018 5 – 7 PM: Join us for an evening of live music and intimate conversation with Stephanie Rice. Discover how her love of music and science helped her rise above the struggles associated with being a Lesbian in
School of Rock Clear Lake

School of Rock Clear Lake

June 10, 2018 Don’t miss Sunday Rocks.  We are pleased to partner with School of Rock, a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.  Come and experience these talented young musicians. Tickets can be purchased here.
School of Rock Kingwood 2

School of Rock Kingwood 2

July 15, 2018 Don’t miss Sunday Rocks.  We are pleased to partner with School of Rock, a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education.  Come and experience these talented young musicians Tickets can be purchased here.
Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston

Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston

Thursday, June 7, 2018 6 – 10 PM Join us for Vibrations and Libations presents Sounds of Houston, a special lecture and mixer in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Houston! OPEN TO AGES 21+ This month’s lecture: Sounds of Houston What is the soundtrack to your

Vibrations and Libations presents Country and Rock

Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:30 PM – 10 PM Join us for Vibrations and Libations presents Country and Rock, a special lecture and mixer in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Houston! OPEN TO AGES 21+ This month’s lecture: CW Houston NewsFix Anchor GREGO presents

Music: Medicine for the Brain

February 1, 2018 – Join us for a free lecture from 5:30 – 7 PM in our McGovern Theater followed by a mixer from 7 – 9 PM hosted by Kaleidoscope! This month’s lecture: Music: Medicine for the Brain. Presenters: Marial Biard, MM,

Andy Roo and the Just Add Beats Workshop

Saturday, May 26, 2018 10 AM – 1 PM:  Come out to the Health Museum and join Andy Roo and the Andy Roouniverse on an exciting musical journey! From 10 – 10:45 AM: Andy Roo will be bringing the joy of music

Music in Our Lives: A workshop for older adults

May 26, 2018  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Presenters: Carolyn Moore, Ph.D, MT-BC; Karen Miller, MT-BC Tickets to this workshop include admission to the museum. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Music is all around us throughout our lives: it reminds us of special

Stephanie Rice: Artistic Thoughts of a Scientific Mind

Thursday, June 14, 2018 5 – 7 PM: Join us for an evening of live music and intimate conversation with Stephanie Rice. Discover how her love of music and science helped her rise above the struggles associated with being a Lesbian in

Robot Orchestra

Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM:  Join sound engineer, Andrew Karnavas, and recycled art artist, Charles Washington, in their fun, unique workshop – Robot Orchestra! Open to all ages. This workshop is $10/participant and includes admission to the museum.

Breakfree Houston

Saturday, June 23, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Come out to the Health Museum and enjoy the programming put on by Breakfree Houston! From 10:00 – 10:45 AM: Watch Breakfree Houston’s energetic, exciting live performance in our Grand Hall. From

Tom’s Fun Band and the Science of Sound

Saturday, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Come out to the Health Museum and participate in the exciting educational programming from Tom’s Fun Band! From 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Tom’s Fun Band will be taking you on a journey

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