Experience Music Project (1999 - 2000)
Location: Seattle, Washington
The Experience Music Project is a blend of exhibits, technology, media, and hands-on activities that combines the interpretive aspects of a traditional museum, educational role of a school, state-of-the-art research facilities of a specialized library, and audience-drawing qualities of performance venues and popular attractions.
The Experience Music Project is a building that presents opportunities to explore its history and traditions, participate in the music making process, experience great music, and learn the secrets of composition and performance.
The building is a commemoration to Jimi Hendrix, one of America's a most creative, innovative, and influential musical artists.It exhibits and public programs are envisioned as a three-dimensional floating puzzle formed by six elements, with each piece being critical to the shape and the nature of the whole.
The Sky Church, a concept inspired by Jimi Hendrix, represents the coming together of all types of people united by the power and joy of music and music making, and is physically embodied in the building's central public gathering area. Through a series of exhibition spaces, The Crossroads presents the collision of multiple viewpoints and traditions, which is American popular music.
The Sound Lab offers hands-on opportunities to create and illustrate some of the relationships between music, science, and technology. The Artist's Journey is a compelling history of the life and times of artists, illuminating the human aspect of their artistry and revealing the unexpected events and formative experiences that contributed to their creative development. The Electric Library is a multimedia archive of the Experience Music Project collection and information resources, and provides services that are available both on site and on-line.
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