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Right Whale, Wrong Letter
by David MacKenzie and Terry Wolkowicz     Illustrated by Olivia Coucci
Right Whale, Wrong Letter is a story for young children and their families about a young North Atlantic Right Whale named Robley.

It is offered in two formats: a children’s picture book illustrated by Olivia Coucci, and a unique, narrated video with a specially composed orchestral soundtrack. In the music for the soundtrack, the composer manipulates the elements of rhythm, pitch, contour, texture and orchestration to directly mimic North Atlantic Right Whale behaviors and locomotion that correspond to events described in the story.

Discovering the Portland Shipwreck through Music
In 1898, the steamship Portland sank with all souls during a fierce gale off the coast of Massachusetts. For 100 years her location was lost. In 2002, she was found within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts. This project focuses on what subsequent research has revealed about her story and her secrets.

In this project, we explore the Portland shipwreck to discover, through sight and sound, the Portland’s transformation over time as nature gradually reclaims the ship and new life blooms in stages of biological succession upon her remains.


Let Music Speak for You

Music provides an accessible and powerful means to communicate scientific concepts, findings and ideas to the general public, to children, and the visually-impaired.


Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

In this project created for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, we use various melodic phrases linked into a continuous musical cycle to represent the relationships and connections among the humpback whale, sand lance, great shearwater and zooplankton. In an interactive game, users can select various human impacts including fishing gear, changing vessel traffic and CO2 emissions and listen to hear the impacts on the species through the music's changing melodies, orchestration and dynamics.

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The Underwater Carnival

Through a partnership between Sound Explorations and the LJ STEAM foundation with funding provided by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, the Holiday Festival premiered The Underwater Carnival. In this exhibit, visitors compare various species of California whales through animated, musical simulations. The simulations compare two species to discover which species swims the fastest, dives the deepest or breaches more frequently. In all simulations, music is composed to imitate the whale's speed through varying rhythmic motion, diving depth through varying musical range, and breaching behavior through variations in musical orchestration, articulation, and contour. By combining computer animation and contrasting musical instruments for each whale, visitors can listen and watch to see if their selected whale swims the fastest, dives the deepest or breaches more frequently. Visitors who predict the correct species in two or more simulations win a prize. The Underwater Carnival’s musical representations of whale locomotion and behaviors make these activities accessible for the blind and visually impaired.

NASA's Universe of Learning

Binary Beats

In this project with the Chandra's Observatory, we created an interactive video that teaches children about binary code through rhythmic performance. Throughout the video, we combine various binary code rhythms to create rhythmic compositions. Students can perform the binary code rhythms in time with the video.

Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans

In this project with the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans, Sound Explorations created website-based musical journeys that explore relationships and connections among various marine species and habitats. By exploring these concepts through video lessons, custom-designed online video games and musical performances, children discover an immersive, interactive experience where both visual and musical representations strengthen their understanding of this beautiful, interconnected natural environment.

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The Boston Museum of Science

Bird Flight Patterns Virtual Exhibit

In this project with the Museum of Science in Boston, Sound Explorations created a musical representation for each bird flight pattern demonstrated in their virtual exhibit. The musical contour and rhythm replicated the motion of each flight pattern allowing visitors an added representation that helped to build their understanding of bird flight. The musical flight patterns also provided a needed representation for visually impaired visitors to hear the different ways that birds fly through the sky.




Sound Explorations creates musical experiences that replicate key concepts of scientific, artistic or environmental exhibits and installations. The music's construction allows visitors to hear the structure and underlying concepts to build understanding and provide representations for visually impaired visitors.


Sound Explorations has created partnerships with museums, zoos, science foundations, schools and outdoor exhibits to add musical experiences that represent and communicate key concepts through sound. 



Contact us to learn how Sound Explorations can integrate musical experiences through custom-designed videos, interactive games and curriculum for both onsite interaction and website content.



Our team creates custom-designed video lessons, interactive video games and musical compositions and performances using music as the primary representation to communicate key concepts, information and connections in exhibits, attractions and online platforms  that customarily rely on sight and visual representations as the primary symbol system.



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