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Remnal of a Senging Chave

Behind legendary Meltdown Comics is a marker for an engineered musical roadway of the Tehachapi, the great road builders of Kcymaerxthaere. 

Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios is acting as our Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations will be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

You’ve probably noticed that sometimes linear highways have little ridges or bumps in them. Some say these may be vestigial from Kcymaerxthaereal times, and here you’ll find a marker that will tell you more.

Remember that the Tehachapi did not have (or desire) the internal combustion engine, so a rider on a bicycle-like or skateboard-like vehicle could really appreciate the sounds and rhythms of the sphaltway. Many Tehachapic sphaltways were designed for a performance.  An orchestra might consist of 150 more or less human-powered vehicles of various kinds and the audience might only be a handful of people who rolled down the hill in the midst of the cloud of vehicles–which were really instruments, each tuned perfectly to induce the perfect tones. Given this, a Tehachapic composer not only wrote the melody and created the orchestration, they had to design the road itself. Music archaeologists have reconstructed only a handful of these performances and they are exquisite.

Senging Chaves were considered one of the purest forms of Tehachapic music, because the roads upon which they are performed are extremely straight, taking a direct path down an incline–utterly unforgiving for any but the greatest masters.

Know Before You Go

On the back of the building, on the senging chave itself. You need to go around to the alley.

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