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.
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.