I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than someone stealing my iTunes account and sharing my music library with the world. I cringe at the thought of it. Sure, I love and appreciate music but I’m terrible at discovering it. That’s probably why The Avett Brothers has been my favorite band since I discovered them six years ago, why the Book of Mormon soundtrack is the only album I listen to from start to finish, and why Eminem is still my favorite running companion.
I am getting better though, or at least I’m trying. Having Jack as my partner definitely helps.
Jack is fantastic at music, you see. He’s good at seeking it out and physically playing it. Music is a big part of our lives, we listen to it as we wake up, when we work, when we cook, when we slow dance to reminisce about our wedding day, etc. but were it not for Jack putting it on I think I would live in total silence. And if he doesn’t put it on it’s because he’s playing music himself. He plays guitar, drums and, sometimes, an old accordion we never should have bought. Not a day has gone by (the entire time I’ve known him) when an instrument isn’t touched – that is, until we left for this trip. Since then, he’s gone nearly two months without touching an instrument and it’s been bothering the both of us. Playing air guitar really doesn’t cut it, not for his motor skills or my eardrums. So when we read about Rockheim, a national museum of popular Norwegian music in Trondheim, we threw our luggage in the river Nidelva and ran straight there.
Rockheim isn’t your typical museum. It’s interactive, and fun, and loud, and lively! Most importantly, you can touch and play with almost everything in the building.
The start of the museum, on the 6th floor, allows you to travel through time, starting in the 50’s and ending with today. Each room in this “time tunnel” is decorated to resemble a time in Norwegian music history. There’s even a small wooden cabin showcasing Norwegian Black Metal music which I still have nightmares about it. Each room tells a different story and has a different “trigger” to further explain that time and it’s idiosyncrasies in regards to music. If you can’t figure out the triggers, just ask. The staff is super friendly.
The second level of the museum is where the truly interactive section lives and where the party really starts. It’s where Jack went a little bit nuts on the instruments and I learned to breakdance. You can also graffiti walls (with lasers), learn to DJ, remix tracks, learn to play guitar with Norwegian guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø. Jack declared it his favorite museum ever when he we found out the museum is building a skatepark as part of it’s 5th year anniversary celebration.
This place is just pure fun unless you hate music. If that is the case then you should 1) not visit the “museum” and 2) seek help from a certified professional.
Rockheim, we bow down to you. We congratulate you on creating such a upstanding establishment. Also, can you please tell us how the museum came about? Step by step, please? We have half a mind to start one in Melbourne in celebration of Australian music and overall fun.
If you’re in Trondheim…
and need something a bit more mainstream and cultural to visit during your stay, stop by the Nidaros Cathedral. The cathedral is hauntingly beautiful and the history behind it runs deep. The detail that went into building churches back in the day has always fascinated me.