A Range of
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
components for all proposals are as follows:
Music Studio for:
Performing Ensemble - For local and touring performances
Workshop for building and repairing instruments, sets,
Library / Archive - To hold Books, Recordings, Software,
Scores and other materials relevant to our mission, which may be
accessed by students and researchers.
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.
Components that would be highly desirable include:
Housing for Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors - this could be off-campus,
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.
Space - This could be an existing
facility in the local community
Large Truck or Trailer for transporting the instruments
are some possible forms that the new World Harmony Center might take,
depending on availability of resources:
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
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
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.
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.
Housing for Participants and
Transportation for the Instruments would
likely be separate concerns.
More advanced Visions: