City Pulse

By Katie Calautti

So your iPod is chock full o’ Radiohead, Moby, David Bowie, U2 and Coldplay, and you blast your favorite tracks during lazy morning subway commutes – but have you ever considered visualizing along with the ‘tunes (and no, I don’t mean eyeballing that stinky bum sleeping in the back corner of your train car while Just blares from your headphones).

Believe it or not, the American Museum of Natural History is offering a planetarium show that won’t dredge up memories of eighth grade field trips. In association with MTV2 and the musician Moby, the museum has created SonicVision, a digitally animated alternative music show that uses cutting-edge technology to blend all the music you love with the visual artistry of animators.

In other words: it’s a soundtrack hand-picked by your favorite music station (including all of the aforementioned artists, along with many more), set in a massively cool venue with a kick-butt surround sound stereo system, featuring psychedelic visuals. Not exactly your typical trip uptown on the C.

Do it for Bono. Do it for your tired, overworked iPod. Do it for that cute guy staring at you across the subway platform (hmm…back row seat, please!)

For pricing, showtimes and more information, check out

Originally published September 2008



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