The Experience Music Project (EMP) is a museum of music history founded by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, located on the campus of Seattle, Washington's Seattle Center. A museum is a "permanent institution in the service of society and of its development open to the public which acquires conserves researches communicates and exhibits the Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21 1953 is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational Computer technology Corporation, which rose to dominate the Home computer Washington ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Seattle Center is a fairground, Park and arts and entertainment center in Seattle Washington. It is sited near the Space Needle and is by one of the two stops on the Seattle Center Monorail, which runs through the building. The Space Needle (often called just "the Needle" by locals is a Tower in Seattle Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest The Seattle Center Monorail is an elevated Monorail line in Seattle Washington, that runs a little over one mile along Fifth Avenue from Westlake Center Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is located within the EMP building.  EMP has provided funding for radio station KEXP in partnership with the University of Washington. KEXP (903 FM) is a public Radio station based in Seattle Washington, that specializes in independent and Alternative rock programmed See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University  EMP was also the site of the demo and concert program for the first international conference on New interfaces for musical expression, NIME-01 and the Pop Conference, an annual gathering of academic, critics, musicians and music buffs. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME is dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies for musical
The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive multimedia displays. Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African
The structure itself was designed by Frank Gehry, and resembles many of his firm's other works in its sheet-metal construction, such as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Gehry Tower. Frank Owen Gehry CC (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize -winning Architect Frank Owen Gehry CC (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize -winning Architect The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a modern and contemporary art Museum designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial and located The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. Gehry Tower is a nine-story building constructed by Architect Frank Gehry; it is located at the Steintor, Goethestraße 13a in Hanover, Much of the building material is exposed in the building's interior. The central "Sky Church" room pays homage to Jimi Hendrix and other rock 'n' roll icons using a 40-foot (12 m) high, 70-foot (21 m) wide video screen and an 18-panel montage of images. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter  The last structural steel beam to be put in place bears the signatures of all construction workers who were on site on the day it was erected. Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon was the general contractor.
Even before groundbreaking, the Seattle Weekly in discussing the design could refer to "the often quoted comparison to a smashed electric guitar"; indeed, Gehry himself had made the comparison: "We started collecting pictures of Stratocasters, bringing in guitar bodies, drawing on those shapes in developing our ideas. " The architecture was greeted by Seattle residents with a mixture of acclaim for Gehry and derision for this particular edifice. "Frank Gehry," remarked British-born, Seattle-based writer Jonathan Raban, "has created some wonderful buildings, like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, but his Seattle effort, the Experience Music Project, is not one of them. Jonathan Raban (b 14th June 1942 Hempton, Norfolk UK is a British Travel writer and Novelist. " New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp described it as "something that crawled out of the sea, rolled over, and died. Herbert Mitchell Muschamp ( November 28 1947 &ndash October 3 2007) was a prominent American architecture critic " Forbes magazine called it one of the world's 10 ugliest buildings.  Others describe it as a "blob" or call it "The Hemorrhoids". Hemorrhoids ( AmE) haemorrhoids ( BrE) emerods, or piles are varicosities or swelling and Inflammation 
Permanent exhibits include the Northwest Passage which is a hall containing exhibits on the history of popular music in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest is a region in the northwest of North America (the term refers to the land not the ocean Exhibits include Bing Crosby (Tacoma, Washington), The Kingsmen (Portland, Oregon), Heart (Seattle, Washington), The Presidents of the United States of America (Seattle, Washington), Sir Mix-a-Lot (Bremerton, Washington), Nirvana (Aberdeen, Washington, via Seattle), and Pearl Jam (Seattle, Washington) . Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby ( May 3, 1903 &ndash October 14, 1977) was an Academy Award winning American Popular The Kingsmen were a 1960s Garage rock / Frat rock band from Portland, Oregon. Portland is a city located in the Northwestern United States, near the Confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers Heart is a rock band whose founding members came from the Seattle, Washington, scene but came together in Vancouver, British Columbia The Presidents of the United States of America, commonly referred to as simply The Presidents, PotUSA or PUSA, is a Grammy -nominated Sir Mix-a-Lot or Sir Mixalot (born Anthony Ray, August 12, 1963) is a Grammy Award -winning rapper and producer Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen Washington. Aberdeen (ˈæbɚdiːn is a city in Grays Harbor County Washington, United States, founded by Samuel Benn in 1884 Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990 Also included are some less famous artists including Queensrÿche (Bellevue, Washington), and bands far more obscure, such as The Pudz (Seattle, Washington). Queensrÿche (ˈkwiːnzraɪk is an American heavy metal / Progressive metal band formed in 1981 in Bellevue Washington. Bellevue ( "BELL-view") is a rapidly growing city in King County, Washington, U The Squirrels are a pop band based in Seattle Washington. Founded in 1984 by lead vocalist Rob Morgan (founder as well of the Poplust Numerous video clips show interviews and performance footage, and extensive commentary and additional recordings are available via handheld computers.
There was an exhibit on Jimi Hendrix which was open from June 7, 2003 to August 5, 2007. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter There is also the Guitar Gallery, dedicated to the history of the guitar; a massive sculpture, Roots and Branches originally conceived by UK exhibit designer Neal Potter and developed by Trimpin made largely out of musical instruments, especially guitars, which are played by electronically controlled devices; the Sound Lab, in which museum-goers can learn the basics of playing various instruments; On Stage, a simulated onstage experience; and Costumes from the Vault, a collection of performers' costumes. Trimpin (born Gerhard Trimpin 1951 in Istein Germany, now part of Efringen-Kirchen) is a Seattle Washington -based Sound artist a 
E. M. P. introduced a travelling collection exhibit in 2002 entitled Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights. Disco A Decade of Saturday Nights, organized by Experience Music Project in Seattle Washington, was the first major museum Exhibition to explore It remained in Seattle, WA for one year, then in 2003 it moved to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI and in 2004 to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. It has since been retired.
The museum has not been a financial success.  In an effort to make ends meet, the "blue blob" at the south end of the museum — which originally housed the "Artist's Journey" exhibit, resembling an amusement park ride centering around an elaborate film of a Woodstock Jimi Hendrix performance — now houses the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
In an effort to raise more funds, museum organizers used Allen's extensive art collection to create a 2006 exhibit within the confines of the EMP.  The exhibit, which had nothing to do with either music or science fiction, was entitled DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein. The exhibit included Roy Lichtenstein's The Kiss (1962), Pierre-Auguste Renoir's The Reader (1877), Vincent van Gogh's Orchard with Peach Trees in Blossom (1888), Pablo Picasso's Four Bathers (1921) and several works of art from Claude Monet including one of the Water Lilies paintings (1919) and The Mula Palace (1908). Roy Fox Lichtenstein (October 27 1923 &ndash September 29 1997 was a prominent American Pop artist his work heavily influenced by both popular advertising and Pierre-Auguste Renoir ( February 25, 1841 &ndash December 3, 1919) was a French Artist who was a leading painter in Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (October 25 1881 &ndash April 8 1973 Claude Monet ( French klod mɔnɛ also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (14 November 1840 &ndash 5 December 1926 was a founder 
A subsequent exhibit — Sound and Vision: Artists Tell Their Stories, which opened February 28, 2007 — had far more connection to the museums' missions. Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The first exhibit at the complex to bring together both music and science fiction in a single exhibit, Sound and Vision draws on EMP's and SFM's collections of oral history recordings. Oral history can be defined as the recording preservation and interpretation of historical information, based on the personal experiences and opinions of the speaker 
Beginning March 31, 2007, "after six years of criticism from some community members who felt that the cost of admission made the museum a tourist destination, rather than an educational and recreational resource for locals", the price of a combined admission to EMP and SFM have been cut to $15 for adults, and $12 for children and seniors; there will no longer be a separate admission to each of the two museums. Events 307 - After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.