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Proposals for the new World Harmony Center

With a twenty year history of Cultural and Educational Service, World Harmony Project is poised to bring Natural Harmonic Music to even more people, in a new and expanded phase of action.

The World Harmony Project serves audiences, musicians, composers and students.

We develop New Music based on Ancient Principles.

 We create New Musical Instruments, specially designed for this Music.

We teach musicians how to compose and play this music.

We maintain ensembles at various levels, from student to professional.

And we record and perform this music for all to hear.

 

 

 

 

A Range of Proposals:

For the sake of flexibility, we present here a range of proposals. Any one of these could be a starting point for the next phase of our work. Each has the potential to nurture a different facet of our overall creative vision, and of our potential service to the local and global communities. As we grow over the course of time, one of these configurations may replace another. If there is enough support, we may eventually operate more than one type of facility simultaneously.


The Basic components for all proposals are as follows:

  • A Music Studio for:

    • Ensemble Rehearsals

    • Composition and Research

    • Recording

    • Teaching

    • It may be possible to open up the studio toward a seating area in order to function as a stage for performances.

  • A Performing Ensemble - For local and touring performances and workshops

  • A Workshop for building and repairing instruments, sets, props, etc.

  • A Library / Archive - To hold Books, Recordings, Software, Scores and other materials relevant to our mission, which may be accessed by students and researchers.

  • A Budget with which to pay bills and expenses associated with operating the center could be generated at least partially by performances, lessons, other activities and grants.

Additional Components that would be highly desirable include:

  • Housing for Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors - this could be off-campus, if necessary

  • Gardens for Contemplation, Inspiration, Raising Food for participants, and to help Reduce Carbon Pollution in the air that we all breathe - This could be associated with a nearby park, farm, etc.

  • A Performing Space - This could be an existing facility in the local community

  • A Large Truck or Trailer for transporting the instruments to performances


Following are some possible forms that the new World Harmony Center might take, depending on availability of resources:

  1. A House in Town

  2. A Retreat, Located on a Farm or Rural Property

  3. A Store Front or Space in a Commercial Building

  4. More Advanced Visions


Possibility #1 - A House in Town:

This option would allow the most rapid initial progress and allow us to serve a large number of people in the local community. It is a proven design, as it is essentially the same configuration that we used for the Southeast Just Intonation Center during the 1990's in Gainesville, Florida.

Ideally, it would be a large house within easy bicycling distance from the center of town, with a large back yard and covered porches. Natural surrounding space for fruit trees and vegetable gardens would be very desirable, and there should be parking space for motor vehicles nearby, if not on site.

 A large room (at least 300 sq. feet) on the ground floor would serve as the Studio, where the Musical Instruments would normally reside. This would be the central focus for Composition, Rehearsals, Classes, Lessons, Jam Sessions and Recording. If the Room were larger, or adjoined a room of similar size, it might also be used for Small Performances. A 6' wide double doorway would allow the instruments to be moved in and out. If these double doors opened to a back porch that could function as a stage, outdoor performances could be presented with the audience seated in the back yard.

Another room, a garage or an outbuilding would contain wood and metal working facilities, where Musical Instruments could be built and maintained. Other rooms would contain the Library/Archive, Storage facilities, Office and Living Quarters for core personnel and visitors.


Possibility #2 - A Retreat Site based on a Farm or Rural Property:

This would be a very desirable configuration, as it would allow for a broad range of creative endeavor and service to the local and global communities. This would be an expansion of the House in Town option with the addition of more room for more participants and larger projects. This option would make residencies for visiting artists much more practical, and the potential for growing food for participants would be expanded.

A farm house could be used entirely for housing participants, while the Studio and other facilities could be located in barns and outbuildings. Because of the additional space, there would be less potential for conflict with neighbors over sound issues.  Transportation of audiences for performances could be arranged from town and back via shuttle arrangements. Transportation of the instruments for performances in town would require the use of a truck or trailer.


Possibility #3 - A Store Front or Space in a Commercial Building:

The primary advantage of this configuration would be the possibility of a central location, making for easier access to the public. The possible disadvantages may include higher cost, conflicts with neighbors over sound (in both directions) and less room for essential features, including housing for participants.

The space could be a Storefront, whole or part of a warehouse or other commercial building, church, school, factory...., and could possibly be used for all the Basic Functions, including the Studio, Library and Workshop. Depending on circumstances, it may be possible to host small performances. If the setting is quiet enough, it could also be used for recording. The library/archives could be contained on shelves against the walls, which would help to soundproof the space.

An additional room or partition would be required to house workshop facilities for instrument building and maintenance.

Requirements:

  1. A Building or part of a building with at least 400 square feet of floor space. This should be in a location that is reasonably clean, quiet and with minimum potential for sound oriented conflicts with neighbors. A garage door or double regular doors would be necessary to move the instruments in and out, and a dock or landing (or porch) would be useful for backing a truck or trailer up to it, in order to transport the instruments.

  2. Housing for Participants and Transportation for the Instruments would likely be separate concerns.


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