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10 facts about Studio Bell's National Music Centre in Calgary (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

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Malika Karim Apr 06, 2016 6:42 am

Studio Bell opened their doors over the weekend to JUNO delegates, artists, and members of the music industry to give them a sneak peek of the new National Music Centre. Members of the press were given an opportunity to tour Studio Bell as well and we were blown away.

Here are 10 things you need to know before it opens in July 2016.

1. The architecture is inspired by Canadian landscape and resonate instrument vessels

In certain areas you can see light fixtures that look like clouds and walls will like mountains or have resemblance to the shape of a guitar.

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

2. Purposely built with empty spaces throughout the building so people can hear music everywhere in the facility (you can play the space)

3. Each floor has an overarching theme.

Level one: Canada Music Square, level two: Music Mosaic, level three: Power of Music, level four: Making Music, and level five: Best of Canada.

Image: Level Two Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Level Two / Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

4. Skybridge connects the two buildings

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

5. The Performance Hall is multifunctional

Music that is played in the 4,000 square foot Performance Hall can be heard in two ways. You can close the curtain door and play to an intimate group of 300 people or you can open up the door and play to whole building, like an amphitheater

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

6. The sound is linked to the architecture

The walls are concave and convex, and the tiles that line the walls have spaces in between them that are not uniform. The nine curving walls, and the spacing between the tiles allow sound to resonate throughout the building perfectly.

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

7. Tiles are clad in glazed terracotta

This can make the walls look either coper or silver, depending on how light shines on it. Cascading light comes in through the skylight on the 5th floor.

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

8. Can see beautiful vantage points from every stairwell.

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

9. Lots of exhibit space.

Spaces that aren’t allocated for specific exhibits can house pop up shows. NMC collections include: the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Programming features in the NMC include: acoustic and electronic soundlabs, artifact conservation and restoration workshops, artist in residence program for Canadian and international artists and technicians.

Image: Pop up show space. Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Pop up show space. Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: What it will look like once completed. Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: What it will look like once completed. Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Future Soundscape room Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

Image: Future Soundscape room Shez Rajan / Daily Hive Calgary

10. Studio Bell is the first facility of its kind in North America

Housing a performance hall, three recording spaces including the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio, classrooms, broadcast studio, live music venue(King Eddy Hotel), artist residences and museum.

Bonus fact: Studio Bell will include Elton John’s ‘Songwriting’ piano, on which he composed his first five albums.


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Malika Karim
Malika is a former Daily Hive Calgary City Editor. Graduate of SAIT's Radio Television Broadcast News program and UofA's Bachelor of Science program. Flames, family, and sleep over everything. Email [email protected] for all Calgary related stories.

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