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25. March 2016 – 3. December 2017
24. March 2016 at 18:00

What is sound, how is it produced and how is it propagated? What is the first sound we hear?   Are we aware that the sound is our lifetime companion? We seek to provide answers to these and similar questions in the temporary exhibition ALMOST EVERYTHING ABOUT SOUND.

Sound follows living beings at every step and its perception is, in particular for animals, often essential for their survival. Animals use sound to communicate, in the search for prey, to avoid predators and for orientation, whilst humans are also able to create sound in the form of music to induce pleasant sensations.

In the exhibition, visitors learn about the mechanism of hearing, modes of sound generation, units of measurement and analyses. Music is illustrated through the basic types of instruments, the history of musical notation from antiquity to today’s musical notes, sound recording and reproduction devices, the basics of acoustics and an explanation what makes music pleasant to the ear. A special section is dedicated to the ultrasound that humans cannot hear because of its high frequency, but which is extremely important for some animal species, as well as for developments in industry and medicine.

Exhibits include objects from the Technical Museum of Slovenia, from the oldest sound recording and reproduction devices, a number of products of acoustical engineering made by Slovenian companies and the latest digital devices. There are musical instruments from the National Museum of Slovenia and selected material from private collectors. The presentations are complemented with interactive points to provide visitors with an insight into practical applications. Children have the possibility to learn different sounds in an amusing way – they can listen to the sounds of nature and those generated in the operation of machinery, devices and tools.
A special feature of the exhibition is the anechoic chamber allowing visitors to experience the uncomfortable sensation caused by an almost completely dead silence that cannot be experienced in nature.
We also wish to draw attention to the electronic audio picture book Happy Valley that helps children learn about the long, diverse and mysterious history of Bistra itself.

This exhibition was organised in collaboration with many outworkers and consultants, including the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, which has been our long-time partner. This time the result of our collaboration has resulted in some very interesting exhibits.
In terms of subject, the exhibition Almost Everything About Sound is an extension of the European project Work With Sounds, in which the Technical Museum of Slovenia participated between 2012 and 2014.

The exhibition is open until 3rd December 2017.
The exhibition was funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Exhibition curated by: Dr Orest Jarh
Interactive children’s corners: Irena Marušič
Design: Anja Delbello, Aljaž Vesel, Andraž Šapec
English translation: Melita Silič
Preparation of experiments: Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana (Dr Samo Beguš, Matej Blagšič), Lambda, Stanislav Zdešar s.p., Domex elektronika d.o.o., Peter Šolar
Print: Altos d.o.o.
Computer animation: Anja Delbello, Aljaž Vesel
Programming: Manca Gracar
Exhibits: National Museum of Slovenia, Museum of Architecture and Design, Jakob Medvešek, Prof Janez Bogataj, Jože Stepan, Stanislav Zdešar, Anja Delbello
Expert support: Prof Mirko Čudina, Rok Prislan, MSc, Prof Matjaž Gogala
Sounds: Technical Museum of Slovenia (Boštjan Troha, Dušan Oblak) , Slovenian Museum of Natural History – Slovenian Archive of Animal Sounds (Dr. Tomi Trilar), www.freesfx.co.uk, www.workwithsounds.eu, www.soundbible.com, SampleSwap.org
Pictures: Technical Museum of Slovenia, National and University Library, Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU, Wikipedia

E-book Happy Valley A Historical Tale in Picture, Word and Sound
Text: Irena Marušič
Illustrations: Matjaž Dekleva
Design: Maša Kozjek
English translation: Melita Silič
Preparation of the e-book: Urša Vodopivec
Sounds: Slovenian Museum of Natural History – Slovenian Archive of Animal Sounds (Dr. Tomi Trilar) , Technical Museum of Slovenia (Boštjan Troha, Dušan Oblak), www.soundbible.com (Cat Stevens), www.freesfx.co.uk, www.workwithsounds.eu

Exhibition was funded by the Ministry of Culture RS.