Science Fest – The Science of Sound

Workshops for all ages / short films

Seeing Sounds – Video (Family)

Sound often feels like magic – it can change your mood, make you remember places and times, it can be frightening or exciting or send you to sleep. But it’s completely invisible! Or is it?… try these fun experiments – demonstrated by the Tolbooth’s Music Development Officer Kenny Bates – and watch as sound comes to life before your eyes, moving, shaking and vibrating objects in your home!


Hearing Sounds – Video (Family)

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could use some simple bits and bobs from around the house to make small sounds louder, change what direction they travel in, and magically transport your voice from one side of the room to the other? Well, you can and Kenny Bates will show you how, with a few simple experiments.

The Cost of Music –Video (Age 14+)

A short documentary charting the work of musician and academic Matt Brennan, as he develops the release of a new album he has recorded on a unique format. The documentary highlights the importance of physical media and the impact it has on our environment and our wallets.

Written by Matt Brennan & Graeme O’Hara / Directed by Graeme O’Hara / Produced by Bob’s Trainset


The Environmental Cost of Recorded Music –Video (Age 14+)

A short animated film exploring the work of Kyle Devine, a professor at the University of Oslo. Devine has been studying the effect that our consumption of music has on the environment.

Illustrations by Anna Miles / Greenhouse gas graphics by Martin Elden / Produced by Bob’s Trainset.


Play Your Kitchen – Video (Age 6-10yrs)

Musical sounds are all around us. They can make us want to dance, smile and cry but they are totally invisible.  What is a sound and what makes it musical?

In this video, Rory Clark shows how to create music based on John Cages ‘Water Walk’ and the tools from Chrome Music Lab to investigate what sounds are made of and explore the space between sound and music.


The Made-Up Scale – Video (Age 11-16yrs)

Use pitched objects from your home like pans and bottles to create music tuned to your unique scale.

Our standard music is made up of just 12 notes but can all music be expressed with just 12 notes or are we missing out on something more expressive?! Every frequency has a pitch so there are literally thousands of notes available.

We hear so many more pitches from birdsong and talking, to music from other parts of the world where more notes are used. Rory Clark shows you how you can make up our own scale. Let’s hear how it sounds!


The Sounds of the Tabla Drum – Video (Age 12+)

This video explores Indian Tabla drums and how they produce sound. What is the science behind how a tabla drum is constructed and the sound that it makes? What is the function of the spots in the middle of the tabla drums? Master Tabla player and tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Vijay Kangutkar, answers some of these questions for us.


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Event Info

Cost - £


Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE

+44 (0)1786 27 4000


Tolbooth Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

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