capitol records echo chambers in danger

The LA Times is reporting that the famed echo chambers in the Capitol building are in danger due to proposed construction next door.

Back before kids had ProTools on their laptops, architects and sound engineers went to great lengths to produce an amazing space. An excerpt from the piece:

"The echo chambers were even trickier to build. Designed as trapezoidal rooms by recording artist and sound expert Les Paul, they have 10-inch-thick concrete walls and foot-thick concrete ceilings. With speakers on one side and microphones on the other, they can provide reverberation lasting up to five seconds. Sound engineers "use them like an artist's palette," as one Capitol worker put it."

Really amazing architectural masterpiece, and sad if the story rings true - although hopefully this wouldn't produce permanent damage. From Jesse Kanner, via Facebook.

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