Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Arizona SciTech Festival Lectures 2017


As part of the 6th Annual Arizona Scitech Festival, Pueblo Grande Museum will be hosting The Science of Sound & Music lecture series, presented each Friday in February at noon. These 45-minute lunch time lectures are free and open to the public, and will explore the science of constructing traditional and modern electronic musical instruments as well as current research being conducted with sound and neuroscience. This lecture series is sponsored in part by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society, Chipotle, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.

February 3 at noon

Topic: Radio Healer: Building Indigenous Electronic Instruments

Speaker: Cristobal Martinez Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University, Artist, Radio Healer, Artist, Postcommodity


In this short lecture, artist Cristóbal Martínez will demonstrate several musical instruments built by the indigenous led artist collective Radio Healer.  During his demonstrations, Martinez will discuss the role of these instruments within Radio Healer's performances, as well as provide some basic knowledge for how to build a Radio Healer instrument of your own!


February 10 at noon

Topic: Hits of the Hohokam and the Science of Soundwaves

Speaker: Danielle Vernon, Pueblo Grande Museum Outreach Coordinator



Do you like music? So did the ancient people of the Sonoran Desert! Join Pueblo Grande Museum Outreach Coordinator, Danielle Vernon for an informal drop-in interactive presentation on the archaeological and ethnographic evidence of Hohokam music, get to handle some replica artifacts and listen to some Native American music.

Let’s not forget the science! During this informal presentation, guests will also learn about the science of soundwaves as we construct a giant wave machine out of candy! Drop-in anytime between noon to 1 p.m. to learn more and participate in this exploration of Hohokam musical instruments.

February 17  at noon

Topic: Primal Rhythm & Brains

Speaker: Stephen Helms Tillery, Associate Professor, Director, Sensorimotor Research Group, School of Biological & Health systems Engineering ASU, and Alex Kohli, Animator, Composer, Musician, Board of Directors for the Arizona STEAMshop 

Music taps deeply into the neural systems which sense and control the body.   Both melodies and rhythms tap into the deepest parts of the brain, and those newest portions that make us human. Not only that, but as a tribe we use music also to bind together our brains and generate common states. What are the underlying basics of these?


In this lecture we will learn about the ways in which neural systems respond to the elements of music, and explore the ways that music can entrain brains to auditory rhythms, and the ways that can be tapped to entrain multiple brains one to each other.


February 24 at noon

Topic: The Evolution of Stringed Instruments: From the Shaman's Bow to the Computerized Guitar

Speaker: William Eaton Director, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Musician and instrument maker William Eaton will present a broad overview about the evolution of stringed instruments. William will share his insights about the fundamentals of how stringed instruments create 'sound' through vibrating strings that are coupled to various shapes and cavities. These variations have become the family of stringed instruments that have emerged on every continent. Building guitars since 1971, William is a co-founder and current director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school that he started with his partners and mentors John Roberts and Bob Venn in 1975. William will feature several of his one-of-a-kind multi-stringed instruments during the presentation, including his double neck harp guitar, which incorporates a computer to accomplish instantaneous tuning changes.

This lecture series is sponsored in part by the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society, Chipotle, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.

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