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Published on December 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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JacoBlog Covers The Science of Rock’n’Roll

The Science of Rock’n’Roll is a museum exhibit that I helped create.  It’s now on a six-month run at Union Station in Kansas City.  Once it’s done there, it will travel to other science and technology centres.  

Fred Jacobs of Fred Jacobs Media had this profile in today’s newsletter/blog:

The Sounds of Science

Just when you thought that between the Hard Rock Cafe, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Scott Segelbaum’s “Rock Art Shows” that the genre has been brand extended for every conceivable exhibit, something new – and exciting – comes along.

You may know Alan Cross, a self-described “professional music geek” from Canada, who always has a fascinating point of view about justt about everything related to music.  His blog, “A Journal of Musical Things,” is always fun and thought-provoking.

Over the holiday weekend, Alan sent me a note about his newest project, “The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” a brand new exhibit that is now open in Kansas City at Union Station through May 2013.  It looks amazing and showcases the mash-up of rock music and science, from how your brain processes music to the history and impact of the electric guitar.  There are some very cool interactive displays as well.

Alan is the exhibit’s content director and took a few minutes to give me some of the highlights of “The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

FJ: Alan, how did the concept come about?

AC: A couple of guys who had worked together in the past (one of whom was well-known in the touring museum exhibit industry) came up with the concept about 18 months ago.  The thinking was that there were too many touring dinosaur exhibits and that it was time for something new and fresh.

FJ: For you as a fan of music, what’s the coolest part of the exhibit?

AC: There’s an interactive timeline stretched across three touch screens that show the development of recording technology from 1850 forward.  It features some pretty badass software.  I also love the backstage passes we issue.  On the back is a QR code that lets you capture and then share through social media any of the things you create in the exhibit: the songs you sing, the guitars you play, the compositions you make.

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About the Author

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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