Exhibit Proposal #1: visual representation of music
The exhibit would be composed of two parts: a) a wall-mounted set of 6 small computer monitors, and b) a small MIDI keyboard. See the attached graphic.
The computer monitors display an animated visual representation of the music being played on the keyboard. 6 different representations of the music are shown, displaying a different aspect of the music, such as a) the music over time b) how notes are consonant and dissonant c) how notes relate to each other in an octave d) musical relationships of 3rds, 5ths, etc.
Music (ie: Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in Dm") would be played automatically by the keyboard, and would automatically stop when a person hit a key. People striking keys would see their notes displayed on the 6 monitors.
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Exhibit Proposal #2: reorganize other's spoken phrases
The exhibit allows visitors to use a computer mouse to click on words and phrases spoken by others, and then to drag and drop these audio clips to create new sentences.
Visitors learn how speech, slurring and inflection work in common speech, by trying to make believable sentences using the provided sounds. Children enjoy making adults "say funny things" and are immediately amused, then drawn in to understand which particular pronunciations and slurs work together in combination to build a dialog.
The program ("Audio Atomizer") currently features a politically-oriented vocabulary (see attached graphic) but the exhibit vocabulary could be in several languages (teaching pronunciation and language skills) as well as oriented toward capabilities of the intended audience.