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our world in motion: theme 2012

Our world is constantly in motion, from the groun beneath our feet to the clouds above our heads - everything around us moves.

Communication: theme 2011

From mobile phones to satellite technology to how animals communicate in the wild, communication is all around.

What on Earth is going on: theme 2010

Take on the role of weather scientists, engineers, farmers and botanists and undertake investigations on Earth's amazing properties.

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Musical Moods online experiment

The Musical Moods was a sound experiment for National Science & Engineering Week 2011. You can still take part in the fun online activities.

What was the experiment about?

To help produce a new way of classifying decades of programmes within the BBC digital archive, we were asking the general public about their feelings towards a range of different TV theme tunes. The aim of the experiment was to find out if familiarity with a programme affects your emotive connection to its theme music.

How does music on TV make you feel? Do drums and beats make you think of the news of your favourite soap? What tunes do you associate most with comedy? This pioneering online experiment was developed with BBC Research & Development and leading acoustics expert Professor Trevor Cox.

The results from this online experiment assisted in the creation of an entirely novel method of classifying online content according to semantics - or the way you percieve the mood of the TV programme.

Music Technology Education Pack
A secondary school music technology pack accompanies the Musical Moods experiment and includes 8 project activities which can be carried out as part of National Science & Engineering Week.