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Scene and Heard

View Round the World on shoestring's travel map.

Besides being famed as the home of Starbucks, Seattle is known for its music. Birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, and closely associated with the 'grunge' scene and bands such as Nirvana, it has its own museum dedicated to popular music. The Experience Music Project, in the shadow of the Space Needle observation tower, was established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. We tried not to let this spoil our enjoyment.

The building itself was designed by Frank Gehry.


There were several exhibitions with a science fiction theme. The one dedicated to Avatar was our first destination, featuring props from the movie.


Particularly good was an interactive exhibit where you could turn on and off the sound effects, dialogue and music tracks from several snippets of the film, allowing you to appreciate the extent to which music conveys emotion. Another interactive part of the show captured body movements and digitised them, enabling participants to act out scenes from the film. Karen's performance is here, but Ben's has mysteriously disappeared. Better still was the Sound Lab, where visitors could get their hands on guitars, basses, keyboards, drums and mixing desks.


Our hostel is just up the road from The Crocodile, site of performances from, among others, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to pop in.



No bands were playing, alas, but we were there in time for happy hour. A four-pint pitcher of beer for $6 made Ben very happy.


Posted by shoestring 22:11 Archived in USA Tagged scene club music band usa crocodile bar seattle cafe washington instrument nirvana

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Amazing how a four pint pitcher can bring a smile to a man's face! :) Xxx

by Tim

Happy Birthday Ben! Hope you have a special celebration lined up. Another four-pint pitcher maybe?!

by Chris

Just caught up with Linda on your blog.
Missing photos of you with scarves on think you need a few more!!!
Generally Linda's not happy with the lack of karen shots so a few more needed.
We're all missing you here, and realising that you must have worked hard as more work gets sent my way. Bonus though we're all getting £500, despite possible admin job cuts, so well timed. Not sure you'll be allowed the money as your off, I might check for you wouldn't want you to have it if David didn't think it was deserved!
Will miss you most on saturday - parents day!!!!!
Haven't seen Beccy since the big pregnancy surprise but will do next month.
Nothing changes here really same old same old. Carry on having a lovely time you'll be returning to chaos and little help from me as I'm not planning to speak to you for at least a month. But I'm planning a trip to Hawaii now so I'm a little bit happy, hope i can get the time off, otherwise I won't talk to you until christmas!
Enjoy the rest of your trip - it's flying by!
Linda and Amy xxxx

by amy appleby

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