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Best musical experience involving 176 speakers 

Audium

In the 1950s, mad geniuses Stan Shaff and Doug McEachern proposed that "space" is a component of music, and began designing performance spaces to prove it. Fast forward to 1970, whent the National Endowment of the Arts began giving them grants to construct "Audium" — a unique musical environment that includes a "sound labyrinth," a performance space with sloping walls, and 176 individual speakers, each one keyed to a separate element of the musical performance held in total darkness. There are, in fact, more speakers than there are seats, but Audium has been holding weekend performances for more than 40 years, making it both groundbreaking, long-lasting, and a unique experience.

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