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Over 50 Years Of Spatial Sound Art At Audium In San Francisco

Inside the theater for Audium in San Francisco (a sound art event), April 2009
Justin Pickard
Inside the theater for Audium in San Francisco (a sound art event), April 2009

This story most recently aired in the June 1, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents.

The past year or so has been a lot, to say the least. From the pandemic and its economic fallout, to our country’s long overdue reckoning with race, to a disputed presidential election and insurrection at the capitol, we’ve all got a lot on our minds. It’s enough to make anyone long for a moment of peace.

In San Francisco a first-of-its-kind theater has been using sound and space to offer healing through introspection. And they've been at it for nearly fifty years.

Audium is opening its doors back up for general admission on Thursdays and Fridays starting July 1.

Joshua Sirotiak is an environment reporter for KALW in San Francisco. He's a working musician, father and self-proclaimed nerd who has previously produced audio journalism for NBC News and Chicago Public Media.