I am frequently asked about “only in San Francisco” experiences. There are the usual attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower, and of course various restaurants. But every city has singular landmarks (ie, the Effiel Tower, the Roman Colosseum), and unique restaurants. But the real fun of traveling is to find something truly one-of-a-kind.
That’s why you should visit the Audium. There is nothing like it anywhere else.
You sit in a room, surrounded by 176 speakers. The lights go out, and in the dark you listen to compositions consisting of music, and sounds both natural and man made. The complex orchestrations use the speakers as another instrument, to give the sounds direction and motion. You could hear birds flying across the room, while violins are first playing to your sides, then overhead, accompanied by the thrum of machinery or the ticking of clocks.
But to describe it does not do it justice. The Audium must be experienced. There are only two shows a week, every Friday and Saturday at 8:30. Tickets are available at the box office of the theater, and are $20, cash only. There are a limited number of tickets at City Box Office.
So go. Not only will it be nothing like you’ve done before, you will have experienced something that you cannot experience anywhere else.