Research project brings music to Mammoth Cave

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – A group of musicians and a music professor ventured to Mammoth Cave to conduct a research project involving sound.

Miles inside the darkest corners of Mammoth Cave is where we found a group of musicians who are diving deep into the acoustics of the underground.

Dr. Paula Matthusen, a professor of music at Wesleyan University, and the Splice Ensemble, combined their talents and interest in experimental sound and music to explore what Mammoth Cave had to offer when it comes to reverb, resonance and overall musical experience.

Matthusen said the research scores created will be available for personal use for musicians. The ensemble consists of many talents, including Adam Vidiksis on percussion, Sam Wells on trumpet, Keith Kirchhoff on piano and Jennifer Beattie, an opera singer and special guest of the ensemble.

If you want to hear the musicians perform live, you can catch them Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Mammoth Cave Amphitheater.