The Air Shard at Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Manchester is a glorious sight, a 55-metre-high structure housing eight of Meyer Sound’s UPJunior-XP loudspeakers – which are aligned vertically to fulfil the soundscape vision of the renowned sound designer Bill Fontana!
Fontana’s vision with the Vertical Echoes installation was to bring the sound of a WWI battlefield to IWM, Talking about the project, Bill comments, ‘There’s extreme dynamic range in the work, from artillery fire and the buzzing biplane, to wind in the trees and twittering birds.’
Bill worked with Pro Audio’s very own Lee Unsworth on this project, who ensured that the system was installed perfectly to deliver the desired effect. Bill was very pleased with the recommended solution of UPJunior-XP’s fed from one rack-mounted power and audio supply which made for easier and more cost-effective installation, ‘It’s just so much easier to work with in situations like this, You don’t have to run AC or long speaker cables but you still get true bi-amplified systems. The UPJunior-XP’s were perfectly suited to this application.’
As one of a very select number of UK dealers, we’ve done a great amount of work with Meyer Sound’s world class loudspeaker systems on major award-winning installations, supplying to event production companies across a huge breadth of applications. With Bill Fontana being one of the world’s foremost sound artists and a long-term partner with Meyer Sound, he was one of the driving factors in their design of the MM4 Loudspeaker in 1999 – which funnily enough is a product we’ve supplied and installed in many locations across the world.
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