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Biamp Systems' Tesira Server-IO Powers Milwaukee Art Installation

Biamp Systems, provider of networked media systems, has donated the use of a Tesira SERVER-IO to support the immersive sound installation for the ‘Listening to Mitchell’ art project co-created by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr.

Independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists Arup provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting and design services for the project and produced the 18-channel sound installation.

The Tesira SERVER-IO provides the digital signal processing (DSP) behind the acoustically enveloping experience in the storefront sound installation.

The ‘Listening to Mitchell’ public art installation features more than 50 interviews from local residents and businesspeople with strong connections to Milwaukee’s storied Mitchell Street.

It transforms them into a site-specific experience of place and collective memory to form an immersive sound and imaging exhibit.

Set across a seven-block corridor, participating artists hope to spark a multifaceted conversation that reflects the area’s rich cultural history.

To make this vision come to life, Arup Acoustic and Audiovisual Consultants Ryan Biziorek and Shane Myrbeck turned to the capabilities and performance available in a Biamp Tesira to help facilitate a soundscape that supports the project’s engaging environment.

“There is a significant, symbiotic relationship between the sounds of Mitchell Street and its diverse and rich cultural history,” said Ryan.

“The 3D sound installation exposes the subconscious audio experience that people experience daily through their travels and personal interactions on Mitchell Street.

“The 3D audio solution we developed included Biamp’s Tesira SERVER-IO to leverage its world-class audio processing to attain the kind of all-encompassing sound experience to make this exhibit come to life.” 

The exhibit not only encourages visitors to pause, listen, and consider the street’s past and present-day identities, but also brings together artefacts, artwork, and photographs within a vacant storefront, inherently transforming the location into a forum for discussion.

The space’s immersive installation, through a multi-speaker setup, mimics the area’s everyday street sounds to surround visitors with conversations of the community.

“Our joint practice is about making space for listening,” said Sonja and Adam.

“By working with Ryan and Shane from Arup, we were able to create an immersive sound installation in the heart of Milwaukee’s south side, allowing us to challenge expectations by creating a multi-sensory experience that redefines time and place.

“Arup has inspired us to think about the physical space of listening in new ways and opened up a range of new audio-related possibilities.”

“The creative endeavours of Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr in ‘Listening to Mitchell’ is a perfect illustration of how listening — and providing an appropriate soundscape — is truly an art form, and how sound can provide a transformative experience,” shared Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Biamp Systems.

“Arup is an exceptional resource and partner, with their understanding of how sound works within varied environments, and Biamp is excited to provide the processing and distribution of the audio portion of this immersive art installation.”

Biamp’s Tesira SERVER-IO offers the flexibility of scalable DSP and I/O in the same device, allowing up to three DSP-2 cards, 12 I/O cards, as well as flexible AVB and/or CobraNet capabilities.

The DSP also provides extensive audio processing including signal routing and mixing, equalisation, filtering, dynamics, and delay as well as control, monitoring, and diagnostic tools via easy configuration through Biamp’s Tesira design software.





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