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Mining rock's treasures in basements and bidding wars
Peter Blecha, a Seattle native whose lifelong devotion to Northwest music - and huge collection of recordings and memorabilia to go with it - got him his job at EMP in 1992, says that acquiring items isn't always that glamorous or exciting. But he and fellow senior curator Jim Fricke are most proud of EMP's guitar collection. (June 20, 2000)

Sound Lab uses technology to teach
What if a person who knew nothing about the guitar could sound like a god, if even for a few moments? What would happen then? "It's what we're hoping to find out," said Andrea Weatherhead, leader of the crew behind Sound Lab. (June 20, 2000)

Artist's Journey catapults riders into psychedelic world of music
Artist's Journey is the experience part of EMP, the part museum creators hope will leave people speechless and fighting to get back in. Mixing the kind of video-screen motion ride found at places such as Universal Studios (think Back To the Future) with some of the best special-effects designers in Hollywood, Artist's Journey promises to be nothing like the cool quiet of the galleries. (June 20, 2000)

Kiosks offer magic carpet ride through rock history
Scattered throughout the EMP building will be 13 electronic kiosks, screens running interactive biographies of singers and musical movements. Using video, photos, text and audio, the kiosks will tell the stories of our popular music, from the first twangs on Robert Johnson's demonic guitar to the tortured-angel rants of Kurt Cobain. It's up to the viewers how much they want to see. (June 20, 2000)

She's a cute little heartbreaker with a thing for rock musicians and a 6 gigabyte hard drive
MEG - short for its more generic description as a "Museum Exhibit Guide" - is the centerpiece of the museum experience. Many museums have audio programs; others allow people to interact with exhibits. MEG is designed to do both. (June 20, 2000)

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