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Designing Sounds | Education Department
Music is an inseparable part of our life. Its notes shape our childhood and accompany us daily wherever we go. We encounter it in the street and at home, listen to it on the car radio, move to it on the dance floor, and are moved by it in movies and virtual worlds. It is present in everything. At times it alludes to something approaching, and at times it plays in our minds as part of a distant memory.

The Drum
The drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments invented by Man, and belongs to the family of percussion instruments. Included in this family is virtually anything that makes a sound when struck.

As far back as prehistoric times, Man drummed on hollow logs, apparently to accompany dancing and ritual ceremonies. Due to the drum's reverberations traveling over great distances, it was used to send warnings of impending danger, or alternatively to announce a celebration. In the battlefields drums were used to intimidate the enemy, but also to encourage the warriors. Since then different types of drum have been developed for diverse uses. Today the drum is known for providing the rhythm, the driving force incorporated into melodies.

The drum produces sound when it is beaten. It is comprised of a sheet of flexible material, the drumhead, stretched over a drum shell. If we strike the drumhead with our hands or a stick, the instrument will reverberate, and the reverberation will create movements of air that produce sounds in the drum shell.

The Guitar
The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments today, and belongs to the family of string instruments.

A guitar usually has six strings stretched over a soundboard with narrow "hips". The strings are plucked with either fingertips or a pick (plectrum). The body of the guitar functions as a resonating chamber, and the bigger the chamber, the stronger the sound it produces. The movement of the strings causes the air entering the chamber to reverberate and produce sound. Pressing the strings closer to the body of the guitar shortens the strings and produces a higher pitch.

Visitors are invited to explore the world of resonance and material, and discover how to invent sound-producing objects using simple materials and objects.On the stand you'll find a variety of raw materials and work tools. You are invited to refer to the examples provided or use your imagination to freely invent a new guitar.

To your attention, The products of the activities remain for display in the museum.




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