Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thump . . . thump . . . thump . . .

Bassy sound bleeds from from Rhythm Hall to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage, Will Jones reports in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Apartment and condo dwellers are familiar with the phenomenon, only it seems to be reversed at CenterStage. The most annoying bleeding thumps typically emanate from the floor above; but Rhythm Hall is below the Gottwald Playhouse. Technicians are working on the problem.

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In vaguely related news, composer David Prior and architect Frances Crow have won Britain's biennial New Music Award of £50,000 (about $78,000) for creating the Organ of Corti, which recycles ambient mechanical and environmental noises for musical purposes, The Guardian's Mark Brown reports:

The instrument is named after the part of the inner ear that contains auditory sensory ("hair") cells, sometimes described as "the body's microphone."