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Pioneering American Sound Artist Bill Fontana Chooses Meyer Sound for Immersive Exhibit Sonic Mappings at Rome MAXXI Museum

sonic mappingsAmerican sound artist Bill Fontana has partnered with Meyer Sound in the creation of—Sonic Mappings—a permanent sound art installation for Rome’s MAXXI Museum. Fontana’s musical landscape pays tribute to Rome’s Acqua Vergine, the ancient waterway that is at the heart and soul of Roman civilization. Sonic Mappings is the centerpiece of Open Museum Open City, the museum’s latest exhibition dedicated to sound, which MAXXI Artistic Director Hou Hanru describes as “the most radical and experimental aspect of contemporary art.”

Undertaking an ambitious artistic journey, Fontana travelled the path of the Acqua Vergine from the source springs at Salone to the ancient tunnels still in existence under the streets of Rome.  By using microphones, hydrophones, and accelerometers—some placed in the water flow and some imbedded into walls—Fontana captured the diversity and full range of sonic impact and acoustic resonance. From these source recordings, Fontana created a musical composition suffused with the acoustic, harmonic, and rhythmical qualities of the water, lending a perfect complement to the sensual undulating curves of the architecture by Zaha Hadid.

Sonic Mappings connects listeners to what I think of as the acoustic soul of Rome—the sound of water ebbing and flowing through the city’s ancient aqueducts,” says Fontana. “After decades of creating sound sculptures, I have learned that creating a sense of immersion in a multi-dimensional soundscape can only be achieved using the most accurate audio technology. Without it, the listener’s illusion will break down. This is why the partnership with Meyer Sound is so critical for the Sonic Mappings experience.”

A long-time user of Meyer Sound technology, Fontana worked with Scott George of Autograph Sound to create the soundscape using two of Meyer Sound’s most powerful creative tools: SpaceMap® multichannel surround panning, which gives the designer a flexible tool to fly sounds through space, and the D-Mitri® digital audio platform, which provides the signal processing and distribution backbone for the sonic immersion. For reinforcement, Fontana specified MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers to ensure the intricate detail of the sculpture is projected with utmost clarity and impact.

In addition to the permanently installed Sonic Mappings, Meyer Sound systems play a key role in the aural transformation of three other showpieces by artists including Philippe Rahm and Justin Bennett, who combine to deploy 82 MM-4XP loudspeakers in their exhibits. For Italian artist Francesco Fonassi, eight UPM-1P loudspeakers and two USW-1P subwoofers are implemented. Equipment support is provided by Carlo Volpe of Fox Sound Service and Linear Sound.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Fontana has created sound sculptures that have changed the perceptions of visual and architectural spaces around the world since the 1970s. Meyer Sound has played a central role in many of his projects, including exhibits at the Tate Modern in London, SFMOMA in California, Madison Square Park in New York City, and the Imperial War Museum in the UK. He has also done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France, and the Austrian State Radio. Fontana was recently honored with a Golden Nica celebrating Lifetime Achievement from the Prix Ars Electronica.

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Tackling Audio in a Big Tent: Meyer Sound LYON Immerses VIPs at University of Oregon Fundraiser

u of oregonThe University of Oregon recently kicked off its $2 billion fundraising campaign with an AV spectacular under a massive tent, widely known to be a difficult setting to achieve quality sound. With the power and clarity of a Meyer Sound LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system, the audio team overcame the event’s technical complexities and offered a sonic experience that was both clear and immersive.

Even coverage is generally difficult to achieve in a tent due to its imbalanced effects on different frequencies. “The acoustic challenges of a big tent were further complicated in this case because the stage was placed in the center splitting up the audience, with video screens on all sides,” says sound designer Don Ross. “Also, there was no truss work over the stage to fly arrays, so we had to cover over 100 feet from the stage in both directions with ground-stacked speakers.”

George Relles Sound of Eugene, Ore. provided sound design support using the Meyer Sound MAPP Online Pro® acoustical prediction program. He determined that the best solution for the 260-by-150-foot tent was four arrays of one LYON-W wide-coverage and three LYON-M main line array loudspeakers each. Two 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements provided low end, with four UPM-1P loudspeakers for on-stage foldback. System drive and optimization was provided by a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 array processor.

The result was exceptional audio for all event programs, which included live music, speeches, and video soundtracks showcasing high-impact effects created by Ross. “Sonically as well as visually, the whole experience was fantastic,” says Michael Hull of AHM Brands, executive producer of the event on behalf of the university’s Office of Development. “Given all the complexities, we couldn’t have been happier. The sound from LYON was flawless, and fully contributed to the impact of the 360-degree immersive environment. Afterwards, we received a number of compliments on quality and clarity of the audio program.”

Ross adds: “The sound of LYON was very impressive. Speech articulation was excellent, and the coverage was great. Also, the wide-dispersion LYON-W loudspeakers on the bottom eliminated the need for front fills. And by reversing the polarity of the two opposing systems, we created an effective null on the stage that prevented feedback problems.”

For the post-program cocktail hour, a performance by jazz vocalist Halie Loren was reinforced by two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers, one 700-HP subwoofer, eight MJF-210 stage monitors, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor. Outside the tent, a 150-foot long video projection screen greeted the VIPs as they walked in, with audio accompaniment by two UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers.

Other equipment provided by Relles included Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles at the main and cocktail stages, respectively; Sennheiser and Shure wireless microphone systems equipped with DPA d:facto II, Neumann KMS 105, and Shure KSM9 handheld capsules; and DPA d:fine 4066 headset microphones.

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Warner Bros. De Lane Lea Turns To Meyer Sound for Dolby Atmos Upgrade

wb de lane leaWarner Bros. De Lane Lea, one of the world’s premier sound post-production facilities, has added 24 additional Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers to its primary mixing stage as part of a recent upgrade to Dolby Atmos. The newly outfitted Stage 1 is central London’s largest stage and also its first to offer this format. It has been booked for the mixing of major feature films since re-opening.

Stage 1′s proven track record using the Meyer Sound 7.1 cinema system since its installation in 2010 meant that the natural choice for expansion was the selection of additional Meyer Sound components to meet the rigorous requirements of the Dolby Atmos format.

“Dolby Atmos places intensive demands on the monitoring system,” notes Chris Burdon, staff re-recording mixer at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. “Replaying full-range audio across the entire surround array at high levels, while maintaining accuracy, is a new challenge. Fortunately, we’ve found that the Meyer Sound system provides the necessary audio fidelity and output power to mix confidently in Atmos. The traditional Meyer strong points of smooth frequency response and spatial accuracy really come into their own in helping to create a continuous sound space.”

The complete Stage 1 monitoring system is anchored by three Acheron® 80 and three Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers, one of each paired to receive a separate channel. Atmos surround sound is provided by 12 HMS-10, 10 HMS-12, and 10 HMS-5 surround loudspeakers, while five X-800C high-power cinema subwoofers in front and two X-400C cinema subwoofers in the rear provide low end. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 processor supplies system drive and optimization.

“In our most recent feature film mix, the main setting for the characters needs a wide, surround-heavy soundscape to really immerse the audience,” explains Burdon. “The 360-degree sound image was well controlled, allowing the story to be told without distracting the viewer from the narrative.”

Burdon notes that Dolby Atmos soundtracks “often involve high sound pressure levels, but the Meyer monitoring helps keep ear fatigue to a minimum.”

Stage 1 at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea offers a seven-meter screen, an 80-fader AMS Neve DFC Gemini digital mixing console, seven Pro Tools HDX systems for playback and recording, and film and 2K 3D digital projection.

In addition to Stage 1, Meyer Sound cinema systems are installed in two other Dolby-certified mix stages at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea. The facility offers a fourth mix stage that features Dolby Atmos Home Theatre monitoring, two ADR stages, a 37-seat screening theatre with 4k 3D digital projection, and 51 cutting rooms.

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From Hockey Games to Nobel Conference, Meyer Sound IntelligentDC Gives Gustavus Adolphus College Arena a Sonic Advantage

adolphus collegeWith its new Meyer Sound system featuring IntelligentDC™ technology, Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota is fully equipped to provide exceptional audio coverage for every function in its 1,500-capacity Lund Arena. These events range from hockey games to national programs such as the Nobel Conference®, the first ongoing educational conference in the United States to have the official authorization of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

“With the Meyer Sound system, we have controlled and uniform sound everywhere, with ample full-bandwidth power and exceptional speech intelligibility,” says Matt Dobosenki, the college’s event technical services coordinator. “With the old system, the sound would build up, overexcite the room and lose coherence. Now it’s clean and has plenty of punch, but it’s never overbearing.”

The solution selected for the arena is a remotely powered system featuring IntelligentDC, the Meyer Sound technology that combines the performance advantages of self-powered loudspeakers with the installation efficiency of Class 2 wiring. A single, five-conductor cable carries remote power and balanced audio signal to the loudspeakers from a rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit. In the US and many other countries, electric conduit is not required.

“IntelligentDC technology is ideal for this application,” explains Jon Young, CEO of Bloomington, Minn.-based Heroic Productions, who provided and installed the sound system. “We can provide the sound quality you can only get from a self-powered, bi-amplified system, but we don’t need 60 new AC runs up on the roof beams. And with individual control of each speaker, we have total flexibility in zoning the system and balancing the levels. And if the operators want to turn the volume up in the student section twice as loud as the parent section, that’s easily done.”

The Meyer Sound models chosen for the audio upgrade include 19 UPM-1XP loudspeakers spaced over the ice floor, 20 UPJunior-XP VariO™ loudspeakers covering the spectator stands, and 16 UMS-1XP subwoofers for full-range musical punch, while eight UP-4XP loudspeakers cover an adjacent hallway. Handling system drive, optimization, and zoning is a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors.

In early October, the Lund Arena hosted the 50th Nobel Conference, authorized by the same foundation that grants Nobel Prizes. The two-day event presented 11 noted leaders in the sciences and humanities from around the world, including three Nobel laureates.

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Georgia’s Free Chapel Expands to New Gwinnett Campus with Meyer Sound MINA

free chapelFree Chapel in Georgia has opened a new satellite campus in Gwinnett with a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system in its 900-capacity auditorium. The facility is the ministry’s second venue to deploy Meyer Sound, following the success with a CQ-2 and MSL-4 loudspeaker system on its main campus in Gainesville.

“Our Gwinnett auditorium is easily one of the best-sounding rooms I’ve heard in a long time in terms of coverage smoothness,” says Michael Henson, technical director for Free Chapel. “The spoken word clarity is outstanding. We get a straight unprocessed audio feed of Pastor Franklin’s voice, and we’ve found that we have to do almost nothing on the console to make it sound great in the room. The clarity and presence of the MINA system create an optimum environment for worship by producing a sound that’s immersive, but never distracting.”

The auditorium has installed dual arrays of eight MINA loudspeakers each, six 700-HP subwoofers, two UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers for side fill, and eight UPM-2P loudspeakers for front fill and recessed stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment.

Audio quality is critical at Free Chapel in part because Pastor Jentezen Franklin is both an inspiring speaker and accomplished saxophonist. “He has a trained musician’s ear, and after walking the room front to back and side to side for the first time, he was very pleased with what he’d heard, as we all were,” reports Henson.

Outside of the auditorium, the café, bookstore, and entryway areas feature 44 Stella-8C installation loudspeakers. Also implemented are several loudspeaker models with IntelligentDC™, the Meyer Sound technology that combines self-powered advantages with easy installation. The IntelligentDC systems installed in these areas are four MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers and one MM-10XP and two UMS-1XP subwoofers. All systems were designed and installed by Moyers Group.

“A high priority for this church is that anybody attending—whether in the main auditorium or the overflow areas—should experience the same high level of audio quality,” says Jeremy Moyers, president of Moyers Group.

Moyers Group also supplied dual DiGiCo SD10 digital consoles for FOH and monitors, an Optocore digital snake system, Sennheiser 2000 series wireless IEM and microphone systems, and Shure P6HW wired personal body pack receivers.

The Gwinnett facility is the newest satellite campus of Free Chapel, a fast-growing ministry led by Senior Pastor Jentezen Franklin. The main Gainesville campus’s CQ-2 and MSL-4 loudspeaker system was recently boosted with six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.

Meyer Sound Names John McMahon New VP of Solutions and Strategy

mcmahonMeyer Sound has appointed John McMahon to the newly created position of Vice President of Solutions and Strategy.

Working closely with CEO John Meyer and Executive Vice President Helen Meyer, McMahon will oversee the broad-based strategic planning for new products, product management, and multi-product solutions across various vertical markets. McMahon’s new Solutions and Strategy Division aligns product management, design services, technical support, and education under one umbrella with a goal of creating a common understanding of strategic initiatives amongst Meyer Sound’s renowned technical and customer support teams. In addition, McMahon will continue to spearhead the digital product concept group in accelerating new digital solutions into the market.

A high point of McMahon’s leadership at Meyer Sound is his extraordinary work on the Constellation® acoustic system, which has become a significant component of the company’s growth during his tenure. The Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, U.C. Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, Denmark’s Jyske Bank corporate boardroom, and the Alpensia Concert Hall in South Korea are among the many celebrated installations of Constellation worldwide.

“As our product offerings evolve and diversify, we’ll lean on John McMahon to develop organizational processes to ensure the many functions of the company are in sync,” says Helen Meyer, executive vice president and company co-founder. “His leadership will be crucial in maintaining our excellent customer responsiveness as we expand our presence worldwide.”

McMahon has been part of Meyer Sound’s executive team since 2008, leading the company’s digital engineering and technical teams to make advanced technologies like Constellation accessible to audiences worldwide. A Canadian citizen, McMahon joined Meyer Sound in 2005 during the acquisition of Level Control Systems (LCS Audio) where he served as CEO. His interest in music and technology began at the age of six, when he began tinkering with circuit boards and designing loudspeakers. This early interest provided the basis for an entrepreneurial career that included the founding of Cadence Digital Audio in 1992 and ultimately led him to Meyer Sound.

“John Meyer has pioneered a company culture that attracts customers looking for new audio solutions,” says McMahon. “In my new position, I will strive to maintain the highest standards in all that we do, at the same time defining a unified company growth strategy as we continue to push the envelope in both technology innovation and customer satisfaction. ”

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Meyer Sound SB-3F Holds Key to Long-Distance Audio Clarity at Nebraska Memorial Stadium

nebraskaTo project utmost audio clarity to the furthest of its 87,000 fans, Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has installed 16 SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers, the Meyer Sound technology for projecting mid-high frequency energy over distances of up to 1 km.

The system was designed by Mark Graham of the consulting firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams. “Having the SB-3Fs greatly boosts voice intelligibility in the far seats,” reports Graham. “During the first game, when the team made a big play, I could still hear the announcements over the noise of a sell-out crowd. The boost in top-end clarity maintains good intelligibility without having to push the overall system level until it’s too loud, which usually generates complaints.”

Sixteen SB-3F loudspeakers project audio to the far opposite end of the stadium over 244 m away, while 32 MILO® line array loudspeakers provide full-range coverage of the bowl and upper decks, with six MSL-4 loudspeakers covering the seating expanse under the scoreboard. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provides system drive and alignment. All Meyer Sound components were supplied by BNY Productions of Sioux City, Iowa, with installation by Lincoln-based Electronic Contracting Company.

“At the far end, the old system was rolling off pretty steeply—well below four kHz and probably closer to two kHz,” says Graham. “Now, with the SB-3Fs, the new system is holding to five or six kHz, with some seats showing response well above that.”

Graham also notes how the new Meyer Sound system has helped overcome the stadium’s acoustical irregularities. “The band sits by the field on the lower east side, and the sound drops off steeply behind them, in the upper east deck,” he explains. “We have a five-cabinet MILO array and two SB-3Fs aimed up there, and by routing a couple shotgun mics for the band into just those speakers, it really enhances the fan experience. The STI-PA readings are just amazing for a distance of 600 feet.”

The University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium boasts an ongoing NCAA record of over 330 consecutive sellout games, stretching back to 1962.

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TrinityLife Church in Maryland: Transformation through Meyer Sound M’elodie

trinitylifeWith its new Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system, TrinityLife Church in Lutherville, Md. has given new life to the congregation’s high-octane, music-centric worship services.

“We feature both choral music styles and high-energy, band-driven styles, and the M’elodie system lends itself wonderfully to both,” says Michael Smith, technical director at TrinityLife. “Our congregation feels more engaged because the sound is smooth. Even when we push up the level, you can hear everything clearly, and it never attacks you. It makes for an intimate, immersive, and enjoyable worship experience.”

The system’s main arrays each comprise 11 M’elodie loudspeakers under two 500-HP subwoofers. Six under-stage 600-HP subwoofers supply additional low end, while two UPQ-1P and six UPM-1P loudspeakers cover side galleries and close front seating, respectively. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides drive and optimization.

George W. Raduano, senior pastor, also notices the new system’s uniform coverage and flat response. “Our pastor likes to come down and speak from the very front of the thrust stage,” says Smith. “That’s out in front of the arrays, where they start to overlap. Like most pastors, he likes to sense his voice presence in the room. The system’s incredible gain before feedback gives what he wants to hear.”

Smith also has high praise for the new system’s low-end reinforcement. “The bass is very warm, smooth, and responsive. It’s pleasing, but you’re not being beaten down by it.”

Feeding the new Meyer Sound system from FOH is a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. Other front-end gear includes an Aviom personal monitor system, a Shure PSM 900 wireless IEM system, Shure UHF-R wireless microphones, and a Countryman E6 earset microphone for Senior Pastor Raduano. Design-build services for the complete audio renovation were supplied by Special Event Services (SES) of Winston-Salem, N.C., with project supervision by Greg Slape.

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Louisville Football Stadium Delivers High-Impact Game Experience with Meyer Sound LEO

Papa JohnsTo amplify the home-game atmosphere and bring the 55,000 fans closer to the on-field action, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at University of Louisville has chosen the most powerful loudspeaker technology available today—Meyer Sound’s LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system with the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element and SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers. Selected for its sheer power and remarkable ability to project sonic clarity and impact over long distances, the system was chosen by recently retired, long-time stadium manager K.C. Scull after experiencing the impressive LEO system at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

“The performance of the new Meyer Sound system at Cardinal Stadium has been excellent,” reports Mike Dewees, head technician at Acoustical Audio Designs, the company contracted for operation and maintenance of the stadium systems. “There are no more complaints about not being able to understand the announcer. Now the music quality is very good throughout the bowl with consistent coverage in all seating areas, and the system has incredible headroom.”

Packed tightly into the north end scoreboard, the system features 24 LEO-M line array loudspeakers deployed in five arrays: two main arrays of eight each for the lower bowl plus two additional arrays of five and three LEO-M loudspeakers for the upper seats on the east side.

Eleven SB-3F loudspeakers throw crisp, mid-high-frequency sound to the far end seats and an upper deck terrace over 700 feet away. Eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements arranged in cardioid arrays supply low end, and two arrays of three-each MICA® line array loudspeakers provide additional coverage. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo 616 processors handles drive and optimization.

According to consultant Ron Baker, the power of LEO and SB-3F helped to solve a difficult packaging problem. “Everything had to be squeezed into the same scoreboard structure as the old system,” he notes. “We had to apply creativity to shoehorn all the extra horsepower into the same small engine compartment.”

For Dewees, the extra horsepower is appreciated. “The old system was susceptible to changes in air temperature and wind,” he says. “Now, with LEO, we can get over peak crowd noise as needed with no distortion.”

Dewees notes that the additional horsepower calls for adjustments and restraint on the part of users. “Because the potential level is off the charts, our only issue so far has been getting the operators to use that power wisely.”

The new system for the stadium was designed by Ron Baker and Justo Gutierrez of Dallas-based consultants Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams. Installation of the system was contracted in two phases, with the SB-3F loudspeaker system installed by Parsons Electric of Minneapolis. The LEO system was installed by Florida-based Pro Sound & Video under the supervision of Brian Smith of the Pensacola office.

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Meyer Sound Gives Voices to Global Dissidents in @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

AlcatrazMeyer Sound loudspeakers play a critical role in @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, an exhibition of seven new sculpture, sound, and mixed media works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The installation explores human rights and freedom of expression in the context of Alcatraz, a former federal penitentiary and now iconic historical site in the San Francisco Bay.

Widely hailed as one of the most significant art exhibitions of the year, @Large already has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Guardian, among others. This extraordinary $3.6 million project on Alcatraz Island was originally proposed to Ai by Cheryl Haines, executive director of the FOR-SITE Foundation and curator of the exhibition.

“Ai’s work both awes us with its grace and beauty and challenges and critiques our way of thinking—in a manner that we hope will catalyze public dialogue on many human rights issues,” says Haines.

The inspiration for the exhibition is rooted in the reality of Ai Weiwei’s life. Forbidden by authorities to travel outside of China, the artist created the works for the installation in his Beijing Studio. “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned,” says Ai Weiwei. “This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

Singled out by Los Angeles Times writer Carolina A. Miranda as “one of my favorite pieces in the exhibition for its subtlety,” Stay Tuned is an intimate and evocative sound installation occupying 12 barren and deteriorating prison cells in Alcatraz’s A Block. The installation features different music or spoken recitations in each cell created by people who have been imprisoned for the creative expression of their beliefs, as well as works created under incarceration. Artists range from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Russian rock group Pussy Riot and the South African anti-apartheid activists The Robben Island Singers.

Driving Stay Tuned are 12 compact yet powerful MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers with IntelligentDC™ technology. As Ai insisted the loudspeakers be invisible, they are mounted behind a rusting ventilation grate. Two MM-10ACX subwoofers support music by Iranian Arya Aramnejad and Nigerian Fela Kuti. Sound design for Stay Tuned was handled by San Francisco-based Moment Audio Group, a spinoff of Earwax Productions, where sound artists and engineers Jim McKee and Jeremiah Moore worked jointly with producer Starr Sutherland.

“The quality and invisibility of the loudspeakers contribute to the work’s startlingly evocative effect,” notes Moore. “It’s only one person at a time in the cell, and the clarity of sound leads to a startling directness and intimacy.”

The MM-4XP loudspeakers also helped Moore deal with the limitations of the site. “We needed a loudspeaker with very low distortion, high power, and proven reliability, and the MM-4XP was ideal on all counts,” he says. “In addition, Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology enabled us to run DC power for the amplifiers and the audio signal over a single cable from our equipment room 120 feet away. We didn’t have to sacrifice power and clarity because of long speaker cables.”

Source recordings for Stay Tuned are played on an Apple Mac mini running QLab software. Output to two MPS-488HP IntelligentDC power supplies is via an RME Fireface 400 interface augmented by an Aphex Model 141 ADAT to Analog converter.

One of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century, Ai Weiwei is a Beijing-based artist and activist known for his work in sculpture, installations, film, architecture, and photography. His work often responds to conditions in China, including limits placed on free speech and expression and his personal experience of incarceration.

Founded in 1979 by husband-wife team John and Helen Meyer, Meyer Sound products

are universally acclaimed as the gold standard in the professional audio industry and renowned for their accuracy and precision. Meyer Sound solutions can be found in legendary musical venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, in addition to multimedia exhibits including The Morning Line pavilion in Europe and numerous soundscapes by Bill Fontana. With more than 40 patents for a range of innovative technologies and products, many of which have revolutionized the audio experience for musicians and audience, Meyer Sound is acclaimed not only for it audio engineering, design, and manufacturing process but also for its dedication to acoustic research.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz is scheduled to run through April 26, 2015.

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