267 - Experience... Music!

É um presente de Paul Allen – legendário sócio fundador da Microsoft – à cidade de Seattle, e uma homenagem ao seu ídolo pessoal Jimi Hendrix. Mas o museu Experience Music Project é acima de tudo uma obra artística da arquitetura
by Julian Earwaker.

Seattle is the creative {yootooltip title=[ hub ]} hub - centro {/yootooltip} of the USA’s Pacific Northwest region and an international destination for the arts. It is also home to one of the strangest buildings {yootooltip title=[you are ever likely to see]} you are ever likely to see - que você verá na sua vida {/yootooltip}: the Experience Music Project (EMP) museum.
From the top of the {yootooltip title=[ nearby ]} nearby - vizinho {/yootooltip} Seattle Space Needle, this brightly colored, {yootooltip title=[ shiny ]} shiny - reluzente {/yootooltip} metallic building looks like {yootooltip title=[Christmas gone wrong]} Christmas gone wrong - um Natal que deu errado {/yootooltip}: {yootooltip title=[ a pile of crumpled wrapping paper ]} a pile of crumpled wrapping paper - uma pilha de papel de embrulho amassado {/yootooltip} and broken toys. It was designed by the world-famous architect Richard Gehry and it isn’t the only unusual building on the Seattle skyline. Others include the new Central Library, which was designed by {yootooltip title=[ Dutch ]} Dutch - holandês {/yootooltip} architect Rem Koolhaas.
EMP’s spokesman, Christian Quilici, believes that Gehry has provided the appropriate environment for an innovative museum like EMP:

Christian Quilici
(Standard British accent)

Seattle is becoming an architecture-lovers’ destination, at this point. We have an I.M. Pei, we have a Gehry, we now have a Koolhaas and we’ll see {yootooltip title=[what else is coming down the pike]} what else is coming down the pike - o que mais virá por aí {/yootooltip}. But the building, which I wonder if you can sometimes see from space, because it is so {yootooltip title=[ bright ]} bright - luminoso, brilhante {/yootooltip} and it is so… it’s a work of art in itself, and that, once again, speaks to our mission, you know, the creative process: well, {yootooltip title=[this is a helluva (hell of) piece of art in itself]} this is a helluva (hell of) piece of art in itself - uma “baita” obra de arte por si só {/yootooltip}, the building is a piece of public sculpture. So, love it or hate it, we’ve got it! And I think it’s a great thing for us to have – it’s a {yootooltip title=[landmark]} landmark - marco, monumento {/yootooltip}.

The EMP building is said to represent the colours and curves of electric guitars and the energy of rock music. Inside, EMP is certainly a music-lover’s dream: interactive displays, clothing, {yootooltip title=[song lyrics]} song lyrics - letras de músicas {/yootooltip}, guitars and other memorabilia from local legends like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, as well as artists from elsewhere in the USA. But EMP is much more than just a collection of rare artifacts and {yootooltip title=[film footage]} film footage - filmagens {/yootooltip}. With specialist areas such as the “Sound Lab” and “On Stage” you can record a demo CD, perform “live” in front of {yootooltip title=[screaming fans]} screaming fans - fãs histéricas {/yootooltip}, or learn how to play an instrument. At EMP you not only get a close-up look at the lives of music legends – you and your friends and family can become rock stars for a day!

Christian Quilici:

You can come here and record your own demo, you can learn how to play guitar, learn how to play keyboards, learn how to mix, learn how to {yootooltip title=[beat-match]} beat-match - estudar o ritmo/andamento (de uma canção) {/yootooltip}, learn how {yootooltip title=[ to scratch ]} to scratch - criar som manipulando discos de vinil, técnica típica dos DJs hip-hop {/yootooltip} and DJ. And (when) you’ve finished with that you can go {yootooltip title=[ check out ]} check out - aprender, descobrir {/yootooltip} about some of the people who wrote the book about these sorts of things. You can learn about Hendrix with the Museum Exhibit Guide, which {yootooltip title=[ is triggered ]} is triggered - é ativado {/yootooltip} by sort of infra-red sensors throughout the museum. It provides you with more information and more contextual background to that T-shirt you’re looking at.

EMP is the {yootooltip title=[ brainchild ]} brainchild - invenção, idéia {/yootooltip} of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who donated many of the artifacts from his own personal collection. Since it opened its doors in June 2000, EMP has developed into a cultural center celebrating not only music, but human and scientific imagination, thanks to its increasingly popular Science Fiction Museum (SFM). The two museums {yootooltip title=[ overlap ]} overlap - se sobrepõem {/yootooltip} in the new permanent exhibit “Sound and Vision,” which opens up a fascinating collection of oral history recordings.
Like its founder, EMP/SFM encourages people to ask “What if?” and “What next?” Some of the 50,000 schoolchildren who visit here every year might in the future provide answers to these questions. Christian Quilici occasionally joins the guided tours around the museum. The most enjoyable part, he says, is watching popular culture connect the generations:

Christian Quilici:

I’d see a dad, you know, teaching his son about “I remember when Dylan went electric!” and there was a big display about that. And, you know, then {yootooltip title=[the dad gets to put a guitar on his young son or daughter’s frame]} the dad gets to put a guitar on his young son or daughter’s frame - um pai “vestindo” uma guitarra no filho/a... {/yootooltip} and he gets to teach them how to pick up a guitar and... and get inspired that way.

Paul Gardner Allen (pictured) has always enjoyed asking questions. Born in Seattle, Washington, Allen was a gifted computer student who left university early to work as a programmer for Honeywell. ‘What next?’ was Microsoft, the company Allen formed with his school friend Bill Gates in 1975.
Allen is now one of the world’s richest men, with an estimated {yootooltip title=[ wealth ]} wealth - patrimônio {/yootooltip} of $18 billion. Allen is said to have donated around $900 million of his wealth to various {yootooltip title=[ charitable causes ]} charitable causes - obras de beneficência social {/yootooltip} and non-profit foundations. His early passion for the music of Jimi Hendrix led Allen to amass the world’s largest collection of Hendrix memorabilia. This collection later formed a central part of the Experience Music Project, which Allen {yootooltip title=[ conceived ]} conceived - concebeu {/yootooltip} as a celebration of musical innovation. The museum today {yootooltip title=[ showcases ]} showcases - exibe, apresenta {/yootooltip} Allen’s fascination with human creativity in music and science fiction.

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How much do you remember from Seattle: Experience Music?