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Music Innovation: How Technology Has Helped to Change Music Over Time

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This topical collection provides examples of places, objects and people connecting music and STEM for a teacher professional development workshop hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. During the workshop, teachers explored popular music, the creation of Hip-Hop and the technological advances needed for it to become what it is today. Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for the classroom. This collection is not comprehensive, but rather provides a launching point for research and study. #SmithsonianMusic

The Mothership

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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#APeoplesJourney: Musical Crossroads - Regions Without Borders

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Oliver Wang: Music as Community and Social Power

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

#DontMuteDC: A Glimpse at the District’s Go-Go Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The sazón in hip-hop

National Museum of American History

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Minimoog Voyager synthesizer used by J Dilla

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Voodoo Guitar "Marie" made by Don Moser with debris from Hurricane Katrina

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Man holding boombox

National Museum of American History

Boombox used by Public Enemy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Time Before Crack

National Museum of African American History and Culture

School Days

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Boombox, used by Fab 5 Freddy

National Museum of American History

Boombox carried by Radio Raheem in the film Do the Right Thing

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Turntable used by Grand Wizzard Theodore

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Cordless microphone used by Rakim to record The 18th Letter

National Museum of African American History and Culture

E-mu SP-12 Drum Machine

National Museum of American History

Amplifier used as part of a DJ setup

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rane Mixer, used by Grandmaster Flash

National Museum of American History

Technics Turntable, used by Grandmaster Flash

National Museum of American History

Nicodemus on the Mike, U-Brown on the Spliff

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Recording Sound

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Track sheet used during the recording of "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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George Clinton: Give Up the Funk

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Fab 5 Freddy

National Portrait Gallery

This One's for Dilla

Smithsonian Institution

Remembering Ummah

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Afrika Bambaataa

National Portrait Gallery

Photograph of Run DMC and Jam Master Jay

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Big Boi of Outkast at a Spin magazine photo shoot

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of André 3000 of Outkast at a Spin magazine photo shoot

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Ol' Dirty Bastard on the set of the "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" video

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of DMC and JMJ with director Jonathan Demme on set- "Heal Yourself"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Mary J. Blige at the NY Music Awards after party at China Club

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Queen Latifah on the set of "Fly Girl" video shoot

National Museum of African American History and Culture

KRS-1 & Ms. Melodie, Bronx 1988

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Fugees, NYC, 1994

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of MC Lyte on Manhattan's Lower East Side

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Female Rappers, Class of '88

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nas, Queensborough Bridge 1993

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Christylez Bacon, Grammy-nominated Musician Puts a New Twist on Go-Go

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Christylez Freestyle

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Progressive Hip-Hop with Christylez Bacon

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

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