The Science of Sound
What is sound, and how are its characteristics explained scientifically?
The Mathematics Behind Sound
What are the mathematical variables that give a sound its particular quality, and how can these variables be measured, visualized, and calculated?
What role do ratios play in the Western musical concepts of rhythm and harmony?
How do musical instruments produce different pitches, and what variables allow you to calculate the pitch of an instrument?
How did beat writers like Jack Kerouac influence the Grateful Dead’s music?
Counterculture in the 1960s
How did the counterculture movement of the late 1960s challenge traditional American behaviors and values, and how did the Grateful Dead reflect these changing views of life and society?
Who are the Deadheads and how did their lifestyle contrast with the conservative values promoted by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s?
How did the Grateful Dead reflect new ideas about life and society in the 1960’s?
The Original “Going Viral”
Could a musical group “go viral” before the internet?
Business with the Grateful Dead
How did the Grateful Dead’s business practices create a dedicated fan culture and ensure the financial success of the group?
How can you help someone struggling with addiction?
Feeling the Vibrations
How did the Grateful Dead make their concerts more accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community?
Who are the Wharf Rats, and how do they exemplify the practices of sobriety, peer support, and community building within a musical fan culture?
What is a PA system, how does it work, and how were the Grateful Dead pioneers in live sound technology?
Math With The Grateful Dead
How can math be used to better understand the Grateful Dead’s success?