(this is a new feature that will appear weekly on my blog describing why it’s so cool to live in Seattle)
The experience music project is a brainchild of none other than Paul Allen. Basically, he had a bunch of old Hendrix stuff and was looking for a place to display it. One thing led to another…and you’ve to the EMP. Arguabley a very ugly building….but kind of cool in a weird lsd trippy kind of way. The archetecture is supposed to represent a smashed guitar. The EMP is actually quite a deal at $15 per person. Especially if you’re a music lover. And what I mean by music lover…is music lover of music from around the 60’s.
There is a really cool piece of art right inside made up of guitars shooting up through the ceiling (i’m sure that i’m not doing this justice). Also right inside the entrance is “video church”. At least, this is what it was called back in 1997 when it first opened. Here’s the challenge….if you walk through it with you mind in 1997…you’ll be impressed and in awe. For example….they say that there is not a single strip of video tape in the building. Everything is digital. Now, by today’s standards…duh! But in 1997…that was pretty groundbreaking. I toured the emp back in 1999. Very cool. The Hendrix exibit was impressive…especially for the Hendrix fan. They had a section dedicated to the Seattle sound and grunge music. I liked that. There were a few catchy interactive things and even a virtual reality ride dedicated to “Funk” music. Very cool.
The EMP is worth the $15 and the visit if you’re a music fan. If not….check out my next post on Seattle and I’ll give you something else to do.