06 November 2005

Wandering Around Inside the Globe

The Mapparium, a 20th-century take on the conc...Image via WikipediaYou haven't really grooved globally until you've sung from the inside of the planet. And the only place I know that you can do that is the Mapparium, the three-story-high stained glass globe at the Christian Science Center in Boston.

Located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, the Mapparium is 70 years old this year, having been designed by architect Chester Lindsay Churchill during the building of the Christian Science Publishing Society (home of the Christian Science Monitor). It has 608 panes of stained glass, political borders reflecting the world of 1935, and amazing acoustics. And now through Jan. 6, 2006, there's a special exhibit including the original blueprints, historical maps, and more. Definitely worth a stop if you're anywhere near Boston. I wonder what throat-singing would sound like in there?....

Hey...wait - I just found an mp3 of a song partially recorded inside the Mapparium.
Big Blue Earth, originally recorded in the unique acoustical environment of the Mapparium, was produced by Peter Link and Walter Robinson, and it includes vocals by four year-old Isaiah Brackman and acclaimed singer-songwriter Mindy Jostyn, as well as flute and vocals by Cornelius Bumpus, best known as a member of the Doobie Brothers. The song's lyrics were written by the Library's Creative Director, Chet Manchester, together with Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman.
You can read more about it here.
mp3: Big Blue Earth

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