Budding Beethovens, rap gods and guitar heroes can test their ears, skills and pitch as RiAus Free Range Science, in collaboration with Melbourne University’s Centre for Music Mind & Wellbeing, brings the science of sound to this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival.

“The Music Lab event will bring cutting edge technology, interactive equipment and pioneering sound scientists together to explore the scientific marvels and intricacies of music and sound,” said Deb Shaw, Science Communicator at RiAus.

“Whether you play music, or just listen, there’s something about it that elicits emotional and physical responses.

“Neuroscientists are discovering how music can assist in recovery from injury, provide health benefits for people with chronic disease and even help school children learn”, Ms Shaw said.

“This will be a hands-on experience where people can create, play and compose their own sounds.

“They will be able to test their musical skills and pitch perception as well as compose their own work of musical greatness with our computer simulator”, she said.

“Experience and musical skill are most definitely not a key requirement.

“I think a lot of people will get a huge kick out of the wearable t-shirt guitar.  It is one of the odd wonders that technology and science have recently made possible in the world of music and sound”, Ms Shaw said.

Expert speakers include:

  • Neil Maxwell Mclachlan, Centre for Music, Mind & Wellbeing, University of Melbourne and one of the designers of Melbourne’s Federation Bells
  • Richard Helmer, Research Engineer, CSIRO (andcreator of the guitar shirt)

What:    Free Range Science Music Lab

When:   12 – 4pm, Saturday 24 November

Where:  Queenscliff Music Festival, off Symonds St Queenscliff


Free Range Science brings science and scientists out of the lab and into the towns of regional Victoria.  Designed specifically for adults without a science background, Free Range Science puts people directly in touch with the people who research, design, create and use the sciences and technologies which power our lives.  Free Range Science is a program of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) and supported by the Victorian Government.  (http://freerangescience.org.au)