Good vibrations – the Science of Sound!

Dr Derek Fish

  • Duration: 60min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: January 27, 2021 18:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Good vibrations is a fun-filled show, on the Science of Sound for the whole family – exploring how musical instruments produce sounds and what music is. Various exotic and unusual musical instruments from all over the world (Africa, USA, India, South Pacific Islands, Australia and Europe and South America) are demonstrated and explained, including: the Zulu “ingungu”, rain-stick, musical duck, nose-flute, hosepipe trumpet, whirly-pipe and straw oboe!

This award-winning show uses state-of-the-art computer software to show audiences actual sound waves produced by a variety of instruments, including those which can’t be heard by the human ear (like an ultrasonic dog-whistle). Equipment interfaced to the computer also allows sound levels (in decibels) to be measured and displayed. The show is backed up by a colourful PowerPoint presentation full of rich graphics and sound-effects.

The show will end with audiences having had lots of fun, but also having learnt about music, culture, science, technology and mathematics (without realizing they were doing so!)



Dr Derek Fish


Derek Fish, the presenter, is a Science Teacher by training but has also studied and taught piano (and plays the piano-accordion, and of course – the nose flute!). He has run a Science Centre for 30 years and is well-known for his Science Shows which are presented to thousands of pupils annually. Derek has presented at Science Festivals in China, Poland, Slovenia and the UAE. He is passionate about awakening curiosity in children (of all ages) and showing that science and maths are cool!

Derek is married to Karen and has two children: Jessica and Tammy. He enjoys, the beach and the berg, volleyball, chess, tennis and table-tennis, astronomy, murder-mysteries and much else (he is never bored, or boring!). Derek believes that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood! Favourite author is John Steinbeck. Greatest decade of music – the 80’s (has there been any other?)