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The Subterranean Levels

from The Barnum Museum by Barry Schrader

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As you walk down the hall, moving away from the griffin, you see a door marked with a sign stating: The Subterranean Levels. As your curiosity wins out over your better judgment, you decide to open the door. Descending the wooden staircase, you arrive at the first subterranean level. Here things are somewhat the same as the upper floor, and there is dim but adequate lighting. You decide to go down another floor to the second lower level, walking on narrow stairs of rusting iron. The second subterranean level is very dark, lit only by hissing gas lamps. You think that as you’ve come this far, you may as well go down to the third level of the museum, but the crumbling stone stairs make you think that this may not have been a good idea. Arriving at the bottom of the steps, you see that the floor on this level is merely earthen and that there is almost no light except for a few flickering torches. You take a few steps into the darkness, but you really cannot see clearly, and you know there is some movement in the distance. As you return to the stairwell, you consider going to the lowest level of the museum, but seeing that everything from here on down is inky black, and sensing danger below, you quickly retrace your steps up the staircases and through the door to the main floor.

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from The Barnum Museum, released July 25, 2012

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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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