Music, Movement, and Sound: An Exploration of Clark County’s Musical Roots
Long term installation
Clark County Historical Museum
Vancouver, Washington

“Music, Movement, and Sound” uses interpretative panels, historical objects, new interactive stations, and county-wide partnerships to recall the history of music and dance in Clark County and Southwest Washington.

Topics featured in this exhibit include the musical practices of Southwest Washington Native American Nations, military music at the Vancouver Barracks, changes in sound technology, the legacy of Vancouver’s Piano Hospital, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Also highlighted are nationally known artists with connections to Clark County, Clark County’s contemporary music scene, and much more.

A vast variety of objects representing this history will also be on display, including the Covington Piano, the first piano to arrive in the Pacific Northwest. As visitors view these objects and panels, headphones next to the cases will play music related to the narrative. For a more hands-on experience, visitors can discover the science and art behind stringed instruments by plucking different types of strings connected to a digital tuner and sound wave frequency reader. Further, a variety of instruments will be provided for visitors to create their own music in what is being called the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Image courtesy Masako Brachmann