Welcome to Week 8! Back in Week 4: Making Music and Sounds, we wanted people to take the first (whole) step into making music by using everyday sounds – but we have so much more to show you! Some of the things that we wanted to squeeze into Week 4 are now here in Week 8 – a little bit of physics, basic music theory, and a few advanced instrument builds. Plus, we have even more interviews including some Q&A with MIT experts and community artists!
This week, we want you to consider the following four topic areas:
Seeing Sound – Explore some math and physics ideas that describe the sounds we hear.
Turning Sound into Music – Learn some basics about music theory, the language that most music is built upon.
Amazing Instruments – Check out some surprising musical instruments to inspire your next musical experiment.
Advanced Instruments Builds – Ready to build or invent some more complex instruments? Check out our Amazing Instruments playlist for inspiration.
Again, we can’t wait to see what you build, and we encourage you to share all and any of it on this week’s forums and online using the #MITFullSTEAM hashtag!
Make sure you scroll to the bottom for additional activities.
Expert Spotlight: Matt Schumaker, MIT Visiting Scholar
Composer and electronic musician Matt Schumaker talks about partials and shows how electronic musicians can put together simple, artificial sound waves to recreate the complex sound waves of traditional instruments. Crank up the volume at the end to hear a composition that uses the same trick with acoustic instruments. Matt is a Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar at MIT.
In this list, you’ll see videos about the waves that music is made of, and start to see exactly how instruments vibrate. Can you spot the video that was recorded at the MIT Edgerton Center?
|Laser Can Sound Viewer|
|Make a simple sound viewer with a laser pointer, a can, and a balloon!|