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ACTIVITIES

Our activities include fun, hands-on creative projects that blend the sciences and the arts.

WHERE DO SOUNDS HIDE?

From sounds made by bats, dolphins, and insects, to electromagnetic fields and more, hidden sounds surround us every day.  Wouldn't it be cool to hear some of these inaudible sounds?  In this photo, students use simple DIY electronics to build tools to help listen to the world around them.

HOW DO SPEAKERS WORK?

Students work together to build a patchwork audio quilt of paper speakers with samples collected from all around the TIMARA studios.  Students receive a paper speaker kit and are walked through the process of making their own paper speaker.  In this image, students listen to an assembled quilt of paper speakers playing sounds collected by themselves and their peers. 

WHAT IF YOU COULD PAINT WITH SOUND?

Have you ever wanted to make your own musical score but didn't know where to start?  In this activity we make a graphical musical a score that anyone can create and play.  Objects are affixed to contact microphones, dipped in paint, and then moved across the surface of a blank piece of paper to create the score.  This photo depicts a graphic score in the making, with some of the objects students used to paint and to make sound.

WHAT IF YOU COULD MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT, FROM SCRATCH?

Students each build a ‘photo-synthesizer’ or light-sensitive sound generator using simple, DIY electronics.  Inspired by a former student's project, the photo-synthesizers students build in this workshop take the form of different types of plants. They are  presented collectively as an installation in a garden or greenhouse alongside real plants.  In this image, a student experiments with a homemade synthesizer played back through a spring.