The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9058   Message #58017
Posted By: Allan C.
10-Feb-99 - 04:30 PM
Thread Name: Singing in a dome
Subject: Singing in a dome
I had a marvelous experience recently and wanted to share. A couple of weeks ago I spent an evening in a music dome. This geodesic wonder is about 30 feet across and the owner built it solely for the purpose of playing music in it. As I walked in I saw a stand-up bass on the left. The wall was fairly lined with guitars. A stand which was positioned about ten feet from the center of the room held a banjo, a mandolin, a dobro and a number of "mouth harps". What a playground! Some friends gather there regularly a couple of times each week. Between times, a number of them just drop by to play alone or with whoever might be around.

There were only three of us playing when I visited but we sounded much bigger. The acoustics were incredible. To stand and sing in the center spot is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was as if I was standing outside of myself and hearing my own voice as one would (I guess) if one were standing toe to toe with me. Not like a playback. Not like a monitor. Just too cool!

The bad news is that the dome is a two-hour drive from here into the West Virginia backroads.

But now that I have found it, I plan to return as often as possible.

Anyone else found a place where the acoustics are unbelieveable?