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Sonic: Adventures in Audio

Discover the world of sound with exciting new installations and interactive sound works.

Sound is everywhere—yet we often don’t notice or think about it. How is it created, how does it move, and how do we hear it? Knowing the answers means scientists, artists and engineers can change what soundwaves do.

Sonic: Adventures in Audio will delve into the world of sound with exciting new installations and interactive sound works. Could you manage the sound levels at a concert in City Park? Try it for yourself, then find out how a synthesizer works and practice your patching techniques.

See the synthesizers that created the ‘sounds of the 80s’ and discover how noise cancelling headphones work. Objects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, birthplace of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune, will also be on display.

Please note: While you can enjoy Sonic without headphones, you’ll need them to listen to some of the interactive elements of the exhibition. For safety reasons, we are unable to provide them. Please bring your own plug-in headphones. We have loan pairs available on a limited basis.

Sonic: Adventures in Audio is part of our Sound Season. Don’t miss Boom: Experiments in Sound in Gallery 1, where you can learn how sound helps us understand our world, then experiment and play with it!

My Museum Playlist

My Museum Playlist is an online, interactive part of Sonic: Adventures in Audio, connecting objects from our sound technologies collection with the music they have created.

How many sounds and music memories are enclosed in a museum object? Listen to the exclusive playlists created by our curators, and find out how you can add your songs!


Follow the hashtag #SonicFriday on social media to discover new stories about sound technologies and share your musical memories with us! Read more about the project.

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