Want the background info from Britain's musical history? Then the core is the place for you. Find out where your favorite artists were born and raised, where bands where formed and where those iconic album images were taken and video's shot! Find out how music has been consumed over the past 65 years and get your chance to dance through the decades' best routines.
Dance The Decades
Get your body talking in the Dance the Decades booth and learn one of 12 dances from the past 70 years including The Twist, Disco Dancing, The Loca-Motion, Voguing and even Rave Dancing.
Learn your moves from a virtual dance instructor then touch your Smarticket on the Smarticket Sensor Point outside the booth to check out your recorded choreography and become the star in your own video.
Dance music has always been an innovative force in the soundscape of Britain from Northern Soul to the present day.
Hey DJ! is the ultimate fantasy record box, flick through this virtual collection of classic 12” records and Zeitgeist artists including Aphex Twin, Carbaret Voltaire, Chemical Brothers, Goldie, Orbital, M/A/R/R/S, Ronnie Size, Sasha and more.
Each record tells a unique story about its history and influence through movies, images and text while you listen through your headphones and desperately try to control your urge to pull some fat shapes!
Where It's At
Ever wondered what music magic has happened in your home town?
This is your chance to find out.
With thousands of locations to choose from across Britain, find out about specific places and the events that happened there. With facts including birth places, venues, festivals and pop oddities, this interactive will give British music a place in time.
Since BBC radio came into service in the 1920s, the British public have been able to listen to music broadcasts in their own homes. The invention of the television in the early 1930s offered a new medium for transmission, and sets were widely affordable by the 1960s.
This interactive explores the music broadcasts people have listened to or watched since 1945 and the new and original ways in which music has been transmitted. With continuing developments in webcasting and mobile phone technology, who knows how music will be broadcast in the future?
This interactive explores the way people have played music since 1945. It looks at the formats that have stored sound, from shellac discs to digital files, and the devices that they have been played on.
Watch contemporary footage and adverts from each period and see how playback technology has evolved since the 1940s.
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