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The science of making musical instruments article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

The science of making musical instruments

How can you take string or a tube and create a device to make music? Here's the science behind the tools of art.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

The sea sounds experiment

David Sharp takes his microphone and shell into a recording studio to find out why you can hear the sounds of the sea when you hold a shell to your ear.

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10 mins
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OpenLearn Live: 21st June 2016

The lewd drawing that swung an election, and how looking at our brains gives the lie to neurononsense. Free learrning from the OU and beyond, all day.

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5 mins
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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language free course icon Level

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to identify the processes in the brain that are related to understanding language. This free course, From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language, looks at how language is understood by taking an interdisciplinary approach.

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12 hrs
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UK SoundMap

Everyday sounds from around the country.

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An auditory illusion: The Shepard Tone

It's been called the sonic barber's pole - but what does the Shepard Tone sound like? Try it for yourself...

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Sounds harmonious

Math can be applied to pretty much everything in existence, and music is of no exception. Across this album, The Open University's Alan Graham shares his wealth of knowledge on the relationship between music and math, demonstrates many easy-to-follow theories and examples, and performs several pieces of traditional music with his band Betty's Kitchen. This material forms part of The Open University course MU120 Open mathematics.

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30 mins
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Musical instruments as science: A glossary article icon

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Musical instruments as science: A glossary

Making equipment which makes music is as much down to science as art - here's some of the words you'll need to know...

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Sound Recording Glossary

Some of the key terms associated with phonographs and sound recording

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Rough Science 5 Zanzibar - Episode 3: Call of the Wild

A summary of the Call of the Wild challenge, part of the fifth BBC/OU TV series Rough Science, based in Zanzibar

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OU on the BBC: Personal Passions - Horology: Dick Stephen

Dick Stephen has been making things since he was a child. He still has a wooden hand mirror that he made for his sister when he was just 6 years old, some of the many instruments that he made including violins and a harpsichord and, of course, many clocks. Here he talks about his passion for horology

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Rough Science 5 Zanzibar: Jonathan Hare's diary: Call of the Wild

Jonathan Hare's diary about the challenge for the Call of the Wild programme, part of the fifth BBC/OU TV series Rough Science, based in Zanzibar

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