The Science of Rock Museum Exhibit Debuts at the US Space & Rocket Centre

I couple of years back, I served as the content director of a travelling science music exhibit called The Science of Rock’n’Roll. Maybe you managed to catch it at The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto or stops in Halifax, Detroit, Kansas City and a bunch of other places.

The exhibit’s current hope is at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. Here’s a bit of feature on it.

There is angst, poetry, sex and raw-power in rock music. There is also science.

“The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll” exhibit, opening at Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center July 23, depicts the engineering and math behind music.

“Technology and music have always been inseparable,” says the exhibit’s content curator Alan Cross, a Canadian radio host and documentarian. “Sometimes one takes the lead, sometimes the other takes the lead. It’s as symbiotic relationship that goes back centuries as a matter of fact.”

“The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the brainchild of Bryan Reinblatt, an entertainment industry veteran who saw “a gap in the marketplace” for a science exhibit “more contemporary than da Vinci or dinosaurs.” When “The Science of Rock” was in its embryonic stages, Reinblatt toured rock-themed attractions like Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Places, he says, “where you put your hands behind your back and look at costumes behind the glass, which is wonderful in its own way.” For “Science of Rock,” of which he’s managing director and founder, Reinblatt wanted something that told a story but also was “a little more hands on,” where “you get to play drums, play guitars.” Reinblatt brought in Cross, who wrote the exhibit and provides narration, in his resonant voice.

Wow. “Resonant voice.” Huh. Keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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