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Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey

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From the beat box to the "Boom-Kat," Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey, the newest IMAX film coming to Exploris, traces the evolution of the world's original beats. Producers Jon and Steve Kempf (creators of the stage production, Stomp) created this wordless--but soundly powerful--documentary to acknowledge the influences that traditional music from around the world has had upon our modern sounds.

Pulse shows the similarities between the beats of today's great producers such as the Neptunes and Timbaland and the spiritual drums of Brazilian Capoeria or the ancient chants of Japan. By diving into the countless beauties of African, Asian and Latin music, Pulse takes us back to the roots of sound. Placed on the giant screens of the IMAX Theatre, this quest for musical enlightenment will put viewers as close to every hand clap and foot stomp as possible without actually setting foot on tribal grounds or vibration-laced beaches. Come to this wide screen and become wide-eyed.

Premiering Friday, June 27. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. $7.95 adults, $6.95 seniors, $5.50 children. Exploris, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 834-4040, www.exploris.org.

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