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Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life

The Wild Music exhibit explores evidence for the biological origins of music through environmental soundscapes, interactive exhibits, and listening experiences. In the process, it expands our understanding of what makes music. From trumpeting swans to singing whales, nature's musicians create wild, wonderful tunes. The exhibition invites visitors to explore nature's score as they hum, drum, and play through a magical musical world.

Developed in partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, and a distinguished panel of scientists and musicians, this exhibit puts a priority on conveying high-quality sound experiences through a variety of methods, including headphones, near-field speakers, individual volume controls, a surround-sound theater and a professionally composed ambient sound environment. Interactive components allow visitors to hear, see, touch and manipulate sound. We have made a special effort to make the exhibition accessible, particularly for those who are blind and have low vision, by incorporating tactile experiences, controls and graphics, narration in computer interactives, and audio descriptions. The exhibition is fully bilingual (English and Spanish), making it available to a wider audience. A concerted effort was made to make the exhibition as "green" as possible—utilizing ecologically responsible materials wherever feasible. With its multicultural content, attention to accessibility, and rich menu of public programs and performances, Wild Music offers broad appeal for diverse, intergenerational audiences.

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