Discover a powerful story about a powerful instrument. It's the story of a genius instrument maker cheered by audiences but jeered by competitors. It's the story of a 1920s America wild about a new kind of sound. It's the story of jazz, unleashed, free to roam and improvise like never before. And it's a story of how music is made–an endless cycle of innovation as ancient as music itself, where musician, composer, listener and manufacturer stretch the boundaries of sound, composition and performance.
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Centuries before oboes, clarinets, and saxophones were created in Europe, people in the Arab world, Persia, Central and East Asia were inventing and playing a wide variety of reed instruments. Through exploration of roots of modern reed instruments, their adaptations in Europe, and their evolution within American culture, this exhibition retraces a few of the long and winding roads used to get us where we are today.
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June 2010 - September 2010
The Art of the Stompbox highlights the development and use of effects pedals in American popular and experimental music. It showcases a variety of historic effects pedals and includes examples of the most recent designer-manufactured and artist-decorated pedals.
ON! focuses on the period between 1900 and 1965 when innovators worked to harness electricity to produce sound in a variety electro-acoustic instruments. Inspired by the advances technology, musicians and manufacturers could see a vast array of new sound possibilities.
October 2008 - March 2009
The Magic & Mystery of Slide Guitar captures the essence and emotion evoked by slide guitar and slide technique and features nearly 70 rare and historic instruments, including: lap steel guitars, pedal steel guitars, Hawaiian lap steel guitars, and several instruments from across the globe that represent the many cultures of slide technique.
August 2007 - January 2008
The Ukulele & You exhibition showcased an unprecedented variety of ukuleles manufactured on the U.S. mainland from the early 1900s to the present day. The eye-popping collection included over 300 instruments ranging from rare historic and modern crafted ukes made of koa, mahogany, and other precious woods to the inexpensive, plastic marvels produced in the 1950s.
The first-ever public exhibition of a collection of rare and historic Howe-Orme mandolins, mandolas and guitars. The exhibit, “Howe-Orme: Forgotten Voices Remembered,” featured innovative pieces from the 1890s—some of whose technology is still present in guitar designs of today.
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