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November 14th, 2012

BRAMS guide you through Science Centre’s MUSIK exhibition


Since November 12th, 2012, BRAMS is at the heart of the Montreal Science Centre’ exhibition Musik: From Sound to Emotion. Isabelle Peretz, Robert Zatorre and Caroline Traube were part of the scientific committee and are now virtual guides, explaining visitors the brain’s role in our daily musical experience.
Michel Groulx, head of research and scientific content at the Science center, notably highlighted: “With research teams such as BRAMS, Montreal is at the heart of current research in the neuroscience of music. We wanted to make highlight it in our exhibition.” And indeed, this is made clear:  BRAMS co-directors, Isabelle Peretz (Université de Montréal) and Robert Zatorre (McGill University), as well as BRAMS member Caroline Traube (Université de Montréal), explain on large, high-definition screen, the importance played by the brain in our daily musical experience – whether we are listining, performing or composing!

The exhibition features all kinds of interactive experiences for individual visitors and groups, allowing them to play with notes, sounds and instruments. They’ll learn about musical concepts and their physical, mathematical, technological and neurological bases. At the same time, they’ll be able to step into a composer’s shoes and create a piece of music, step by step. With the help of advice from musicians from the Montréal group Simple Plan, who also contributed to the creation of this exhibition, visitors will express an emotion by selecting a rhythm, different melodies, an accompaniment and timbres to make their own composition.

BRAMS and its members are happy to have contributed to the creation of this interesting exhibition, which places musical art at the heart of science!

 With over 700,000 visitors every year, the Montréal Science Centre is a complex devoted to science and technology, and is known for its interactive and highly accessible approach and the way it showcases local innovations and know-how. 

 The exhibition Musik : from Sound to Emotion will be on at the Montréal Science Centre until March 10, 2013.

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