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Seattle's Experience Music Project (Quelle)
illustrating science and art in close harmony.

It is no exaggeration to state that the Experience Music Project (EMP) is a unique environment. EMP was conceived by co-founders Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen Patton, his sister. Located in downtown Seattle, EMP, which opened on June 23, 2000, combines a number of interactive and interpretive exhibits with an extensive collection of memorabilia housed in an imaginative building designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. Gehry's other works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. Allen says that EMP is dedicated to capturing and reflecting the essence of rock and roll and places a strong emphasis on high-quality sound and accompanying visuals, both static and moving, inviting visitors to participate in a total sensory experience. EMP's permanent collection includes musical instruments, a large recorded sound archive, film, photographs and handwritten song lyrics. The 140,000 square foot  (13,000 m2) building houses a number of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to create their own music, see and learn about rare memorabilia from the museum's collection, explore musical milestones within unique interpretive exhibits and enjoy music in all its forms. Originally, so the story goes, the project started life as a modest, 10,000 square foot  (930 m2) floor museum dedicated to the memory of Seattle alumni Jimi Hendrix. Reported costs of the final complex are in the region of $250 million, including $140 million for installed equipment.
Paul Zumwalt, director of design and construction with Vulcan Northwest (Allen's development company) said, "We have been working on EMP since 1996. Once we had received a floor plan from Frank Gehry and input from the other eight members of our interior design team, we began to develop an overview of the various audio and video environments required to complement the theme of this unique building. To ensure that our visitors enjoy the exhibits, we have stretched the envelope in terms of state-of-the-art sound and video design."