Music Experiences

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

Included in General Admission | Get ready to rock this Fall! From electrifying live performances to cool artifacts, we're giving musicians and music lovers alike a backstage pass to the science behind your favorite music.

 

Featuring Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum, the season of music science explores the cultural and physical history of the guitar—from lutes and ouds to modern high-tech instruments—and how the instrument became the cultural icon it is today. You can even climb aboard and play the nearly 44-foot long guitar—the largest in the world!

 

“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” according to HP Newquist, the executive director and founder of the National GUITAR Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. This Exhibition is a celebration of all that, and more.”

 

What else is happening? We've got a live stage show that'll make you think about sound like never before with the help of musical Tesla coils, water goblets and even a propane-powered Ruben’s Tube. Then try you can try your hand at making music by breaking the beams of the Laser Harp, trying out your music mixing skills on touchscreens, collaborate on sound machines, and even “see” sound with an LED piano.

 

Plus, we've invited musicians of all ages to share their love of music at OMSI with live performances every at 12pm. View the full schedule. 

 

OMSI’s season of music science runs through January 10, 2016. Get ready to make some noise!

Harvest Festival

Free Event | Museum Admission Not Included | $5 Parking Fee
 
Enjoy the bounty of Oregon while indulging in snacks, sweets, beer and music from the Pacific Northwest region! Learn about Oregon specialty crops from local farms, CSA’s, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There’s fun for the whole family, including kids activities and live entertainment. Come celebrate the harvest season at OMSI!

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

11AM, 1PM, 3PM | Strawberry DNA Extractions:  See DNA with the naked eye when we extract it from strawberries

This Is Spinal Tap

This 1984 mockumentary from director Rob Reiner shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

Duration: 85 mins. | Rating: R

Easy Rider

Released in 1969, Easy Rider is a landmark road film that tells the story of two bikers (played by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South in search of spiritual truth. In exploring such 1960s societal issues as the hippie movement, drug use, and communal living, the film  became a generational touchstone that helped spark the New Hollywood phase of filmmaking that emerged over the subsequent decade.  

 

Musically as well, the film stands out for eschewing a traditional soundtrack in favor of rock music selections that ranged from the Jimi Hendrix freak-power anthem "If 6 Was 9" to the pastorale country sound of The Byrds. Interestingly, Roger McGuinn and David Crosby of The Byrds allegedly inspired the film's main characters Wyatt and Billy.

 

Hopper, who directed the film, was also responsible for selecting the music which became a huge part of the picture's success and myth. The soundtrack is ranked #31 on AMC's Filmsite.org 100 Best Movie Soundtracks and #14 on Rolling Stone's list of the top film soundtracks ever.

 

Duration: 95 mins. | Rating: R

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $30 adult, $25 senior or youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.

It Might Get Loud

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos – The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artist’s musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play. 

 

"Does this sound like rock heaven? It is." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

 

Duration: 98 mins. | Rating: PG

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $30 adult, $25 senior or youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.

 

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In this compelling film, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of popular music's greatest legends. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.   

 

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.   Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, Twenty Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage. 

 

"An exquisitely rendered look at the dialectics of celebrity and artistry, luck and hard work, its conversation laced with smart observations about race and gender." Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

 

 

Duration: 89 mins. | Rating: PG-13

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $30 adult, $25 senior or youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.

Rolling Stones: Shine A Light

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese documents the Rolling Stones' energetic performance at New York's Beacon Theatre. The concert, filmed in 2006, features Stones standards and favorites, plus guest appearances by Buddy Guy, Christina Aguilera and Jack White III. Scorsese takes note of the band's long career with music clips and interviews from previous decades.

 

"This is how great rock and roll was meant to be filmed: By great filmmakers." Tom Long, Detroit News

 

Duration: 121 mins. | Rating: PG-13

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $30 adult, $25 senior or youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.

Reel Science: Soundtrack for a Revolution

With Marisa Chappell, Associate Professor of History, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University


Doors Open @ 6:15PM

 

SCHEDULE

6:30-7:30PM | Lecture and Q&A: Civil Rights Activism

7:30PM | Movie (Duration: 82 mins. | Rating: Unrated)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

History, passion, and battle that was the Civil Rights Movement, brought to life by the music that it inspired, and that inspired it. Sung by some of today’s greatest artists: John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, & more.


Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

Lambert & Stamp

The remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring New Wave filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie about the mod world of rock and roll, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who. This complex and moving relationship, a combination of the deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic, fueled the band's artistic development and left an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come. That the story ends sadly—with business conflict, estrangement, addiction, and an early death for Kit Lambert—does not detract from its resonance.

 

Lambert and Stamp's gorgeously propulsive footage—the rock documentary that was never completed—lays a foundation for director James D. Cooper's kaleidoscopic study of an era and a rare friendship’s creative bond. Present-day interviews with the surviving principals, now grown older, reflect thoughtfully on their relationships and life trajectories.

 

"A wonderfully alive behind-the-music chronicle that rescues two genuine mavericks from the footnotes of rock history." David Rooney,The Hollywood Reporter 

 

Duration: 120 mins. | Rating: R

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $50 adult, $45 senior, or $35 youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased starting October 1 at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.

 

 

The Sound of Music

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical adaption of the von Trapp family story that won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Picture. The film follows a  young Austrian woman (Andrews) studying to become a nun in 1938 Salzburg who is hired to care for the seven children of a retired naval officer (Plummer). Her kindness and patience ultimately win the heart of the children and the captain, but their lives are threatened by the growing ascendancy of the Nazis.

 

The Sound of Music was a box office smash, surpassing Gone with The Wind as the top grossing film of all-time, until being usurped in turn by The Godfather. The soundtrack album released on the RCA Victor label reached the number one position on the U.S. Billboard charts and was a major international success as well, particularly in the U.K. where it was the second biggest selling album of the 1960's.

 

In 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) listed The Sound of Music as the fifty-fifth greatest American movie of all time, and the fourth greatest movie musical. 

 

Duration: 176 mins. | Rating: G

 

ABOUT THE MUSIC + FILM SERIES

Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.

 

The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."

 

Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $30 adult, $25 senior or youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.