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Local Students Strut Their Stuff @ Amazing Music Studio

Press Release Date 
Friday, 4 March, 2005
Swing, traditional Chinese dance, percussion and African-inspired step are just some of the student performances at The Tech Museum on March 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Young entertainers from as far as San Francisco, Mountain View, San Jose and Union City will showcase their varied talents to celebrate the opening of The Tech's newest exhibit, Amazing Music Studio. This exhibit gives museum guests an opportunity to explore all aspects of music – creativity, history, technology and even physics.

"Combining the artistic expression of these talented kids from all corners of the Bay Area and the technology showcased in Amazing Music Studio is a great way to experience this new exhibit," said Yolanda Canny, The Tech's Vice President of Marketing. "We want our guests to be fully immersed in the music experience – seeing and hearing live performances, interacting in the exhibits, and learning something new about music creation and performance."

Amazing Music Studio lets guests test their skills at a DJ mix table, wow onlookers in the karaoke shower, create a light and sound show, and even star in their own music video. Amazing Music Studio and the new IMAX feature Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey prove that rhythm and expression can connect people of all ages and backgrounds.

Amazing Music Studio
Rehearsal – A variety of exhibits demonstrate the physics of sound waves and harmonics. See if you can hold a tune or recognize whether musical notes are going up or down.
Composing – Could you pull a band together|@ Practice keeping a drum beat or try out as a DJ, then play an invisible harp and dance on a giant piano. Compete against others at keeping the music going on the music wall.
The Studio – Recording technology has come a long way, from recording horns of the late 19th century to modern CDs and all digital formats. Try mixing your own 4-track tape, or exploring a virtual Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles made some of their greatest recordings.
Listening – Find out how well your ears work and whether you can hear through other parts of your body. Nostalgia fans can choose their favorite record of the past fifty years, and decide if they prefer the cover version or the original.
On Stage – Everyone can have a go at singing in the karaoke shower or dancing in their own music video. Also see how a professional stage designer puts on a rock show.

Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey
Don't miss Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey for more toe-tapping fun in the Hackworth IMAX Dome. Pulse explores rhythm across varied continents and cultures – guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the stage hit STOMP. Travel the world to meet artists such as Timbalada of Brazil, the Kodo drummers of Japan, the American Indian Dance Theater, and the Jackie Robinson Steppers of New York. Pulse was voted Best Film of the Year at the recent Giant Screen Theater Conference in Montreal.

Additional Information
Amazing Music is sponsored by The Tech Emeritus Board.

Tickets to The Tech Museum of Innovation's galleries or IMAX are $9.50, $8 and $7 each for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. Combo tickets (galleries and one IMAX film) are available for $16, $15, $13 for general admission, seniors and children, respectively. The Tech is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, and is also open on holiday Mondays.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.

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