Sound Baths, Desert Art, and Luxury Recording Studios – Billboard

Coachella’s multi-day star-studded lineup is its raison d’être, but there’s plenty more to enjoy at the festival, like these art-filled getaways. From sound baths to cozy recording rooms to treasure hunts, there’s plenty to do and see in the desert.

Relax in a geomagnetic sound bath

About an hour north of the Coachella Valley is the otherworldly Integratron, a domed structure built in the 1950s by a UFO enthusiast who wanted it to house a traveling machine. in time. The location and design of the space make it a geomagnetic and acoustic wonder – and a favorite of acts like Moby and Arcade Fire, who have played there. The site’s main attraction, however, is its sound baths (from $30 per person; $250 to $900 for a private session), and visitors lucky enough to secure an appointment can enjoy an hour recorded music and healing sounds.

Still unfinished in 1978 when its creator George Van Tassel died, the Integratron remained unused until 1987. Van Tassel believed, when completed, that it would rejuvenate human beings through the use of electromagnetic oscillations.
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Book a session in a rustic studio

For artists, a quiet week between shows is a chance to save. Hot Trash’s Rocco Gardner capitalized on this with his year-long desert-chic studio/retreat Rancho V, a favorite of Arctic Monkeys, Peaches, MK and other festival headliners. “There’s something about the environment that activates people’s creativity,” says Gardner. The 40-acre space’s main house, two guest houses, and three furnished Airstreams can be rented individually or together (from $700 per night), and its Skyline Studios are a fully-equipped recording and rehearsal space. . escape

Rocco Gardner of Hot Trash's Rancho V Retreat/Studio, Pioneertown, CA.

Rocco Gardner of Hot Trash’s Rancho V Retreat/Studio, Pioneertown, CA.
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Go on a masterpiece scavenger hunt

Desert X, the first high-end arts festival that opened in February and runs through the end of April, takes place over 45 miles of the Coachella Valley. The exhibition includes 16 works by leading artists like Doug Aitken, Claudia Comte, Jennifer Bolande and Will Boone. “We have a beautiful art museum and lots of collectors here, but there was no way to bring attention to the visual arts,” says Susan Davis, founding president of Desert X, who worked with the curator Neville Wakefield on the collection. “As Neville said, the desert is a blank canvas. This gave the artists a lot of freedom. Desert X’s hub is conveniently located at the Ace Hotel.

Mirage by Aitken in the Coachella Valley

Mirage by Aitken in the Coachella Valley
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This article originally appeared in the April 15 issue of Billboard.