Sounds of history at South Yorkshire science centre

Come On Feel The Noise 'Ligt and Sound exhibition at Magna Science Centre in Rotherham
Come On Feel The Noise 'Ligt and Sound exhibition at Magna Science Centre in Rotherham
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Visitors are invited to ‘come on, feel the noise’ at an exhibition of sound, colour, light and movement in South Yorkshire.

The new Fabulous Sound Machines, at Rotherham’s Magna Science Adventure Centre, boasts giant, brightly coloured and digitally-enhanced musical installations – inspired by Magna’s steel heritage.

Visitors are able to pluck a 150ft bungee harp and swing a 75ft sound pendulum while checking out some of the largest musical instruments of their kind ever made.

Stuart Ballard, Magna education manager, said: “We’re looking forward to thousands of people coming to make a cacophony of colourful harmonies over the next few months.

“Many of the ‘invented instruments’ incorporate steel and other industrial materials, in tribute to Magna’s history.

“We hope the exhibition will inspire young people – and people of all ages – to use their imagination and create their own repertoire of musical sound, light and colour here at Magna.”

A giant bottle organ, steel rod instrument and subterranean sound tunnel also form part of the computer-controlled exhibition, which opened on Saturday and runs until November 4.

Stuart said: “The good news is four elements of the Fabulous Sound Machines will be staying at Magna after the exhibition closes, as permanent installations.

“People will be able to play with the sound pendulum, bungee harp, steel rods and sound tunnel for years.”

n For details, see Visit Magna