The music section of the
site is finally functional. Of note are two tracks, Music for
Monorail and Music for Bubbleator.
Recently the citizens of
Seattle attempted to create a mass transit system using
elevated monorail technology. This idea
was based on an existing and functioning monorail created for
the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. In existence for over 45 years, it is
the only fully self-sufficient public transit system in the United
I thought that it would be
interesting to have music from local artists playing on the monorail
for people to enjoy, much like street performers play on subways in
Paris. Rather than songs played randomly, music would be targeted for different times of day, months, and even seasons.
Music for Monorail was
designed with the morning commuter in mind. Ideal for drinking double tall lattes to while cruising non-stop above the
gridlock on the way to work.
Unfortunately bigger heads prevailed and the new monorail plan was
Music for Bubbleator also
came from this creative period. Originally it was intended for
commuters to experience on an early Saturday or Sunday morning, but
then I started thinking about other creations from the World's Fair.
There used to be something
called the Bubbleator. It was a giant, clear ball elevator, which had
a podium from which the operator stood and controlled the slow,
steady, voyage up and down the single story. It held 150 people and was very
futuristic. Since the Monorail music project was dead, I figured I would name
this track after another dead method of transportation.
After all this I was
surprised to find that a soundtrack had already been created for the
Bubbleator! "Man In Space With Sounds" was conducted by
Attilio Mineo and released in