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Microtropolis
Microtropolis

NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Charles Morrow Productions collaborated with advertising gurus Mother New York and Moment Factory on the release of Microsoft Windows 8 in Manhattan. Combining CMP's soundscape artistry and knowledge of neighborhood sounds with the scenic, visual and interactive expertise of these firms, a 178-foot immersive recreation of Manhattan was created and installed: more...

Visitors encountered a to-scale recreation of the Island, with buildings towering up to 15 feet and a luminous sun and moon orbiting overhead. As visitors strolled through the avenues and parks of this miniature city, they were met by the True 3D sounds of 15 sonically discrete Manhattan neighborhoods. CMP sculpted these soundscapes into cycling, miniature days of 12-minute days and 12-minute nights. Scattered across the miniature city rooftops were Microsoft’s devices equipped with the interactive and personalizing possibilities of Windows 8.

CMP was delighted to work on Microtropolis with new and old friends. Tom Webster, Founding Creative Director of Mother New York, had worked at with Swatch Group and was connected to Nam Jun Paik's "Zapping" watch project that included Morrow’s miniature Haydn "Clock Symphony." And Zaragunda Productions' Chris Wangro, a former collaborator of Charlie Morrow's for his Summer Solstice events when Wangro worked for the Parks Department of the City of New York, produced the opening event.

A monumental installation for CMP, Microtropolis has paved the way for much excitement over future collaborations with advertising agencies and large scale graphic projection companies.


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Long Island Children's Museum
Long Island Children's Museum GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK. Long Island Children's Museum and Charles Morrow Productions have developed and installed a state-of-the-art True 3D sound installation, Sound Showers, which provides hearing literacy education to children ages 1 to 12. Sound Showers teaches visitors how to see with their ears and invites them through interactive sound and musical instruments into the notion that sound is music and music is sound. more...

CMP worked closely with Director of Exhibits Erik Schurink, Associate Director of Education Jeanmarie Walsh and the education department to sculpt three educational sound experiences catered to three age groups. The first soundscape, for ages 1 to 4, teaches listeners to identify simple sound differences (as in the contrasts between the sound of a chicken and a pig) as well as the narrative possibilities of sound (as with the ability to "see" a pig run through a group of chickens by merely listening). The second and third soundscapes, for ages 5 to 9 and 9 to12 respectively, activate more complex aural differences as in those found between a tea kettle whistling and water running.

The sound sampling offered by CMP ranges from these small sounds to those of a tooting, clanging train passing overhead and an expansive nautical soundscape that draws listeners into the hearing differences between below and above water. As in all CMP True 3D soundscape designs, the sounds and sound-chapters of Sound Showers flow smoothly into each other, creating dynamic portraits that sound as real as the things themselves.

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Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Russian Jewish Museum MOSCOW, RUSSIA. In collaboration with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Charles Morrow Productions was honored to contribute two soundscapes to Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. more...

Hailed a "Jewish Disneyland" by Dozhd, an Internet television channel, and inaugurated by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, this museum is the first in Russia of its kind and has been called the largest Jewish history museum in the world.

CMP's contributions are housed in two of the twelve exhibitions that make up the museum. Immersed in a life-sized recreation of a 19th-Century Russian shtetl marketplace, visitors encounter sounds designed by Charlie Morrow and Tyler Clausen. Carts are heard rolling across cobblestones, market-goers chatter through the streets and a vendor calls in Yiddish, "salt pickles," "apples!" and "cherries," spoken by the voice of CMP’s very own Maija-Leena Remes.

Elsewhere in the museum is CMP's sonic contribution to an interactive, animated timeline that documents six stages in Jewish migrations over three millennia, from the Promised Land to modern Russia. Combining found music and sound, this soundscape recreates the sounds of Jewish culture as they have evolved through place and time.

Housed in a world-famous Constructivist masterpiece designed in 1926 by Konstantin Melnikov and Vladimir Shukhov, the building and museum are a must-see for Russians and tourists.

In 2013, Charles Morrow Productions continues its collaborations with Ralph Appelbaum Associates internationally. We are ecstatic to contribute our sounds and technologies to the museum-goers around the world.


See the Museum's website here.

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Arcanum 17
Arcanum 17
CANADA (SEVERAL LOCATIONS). This past September, music-lovers across Canada experienced the first live performance composed for the Morrowsound® True 3D sound cube. Arcanum 17, a multimedia composition by Charlie Morrow and composer and contrabassist Christopher Williams, reached five galleries and concert halls from Victoria to Halifax. more...

Taking surrealist poet André Breton's 1944 book of the same name as inspiration, Arcanum 17 combines contrabass, tuba, voice, and field recordings into a 45-minute immersive musical environment. Breton’s metaphor of the crumbling Rocher Percé, a massive natural arc on the east coast of Quebec, is amplified and transformed, creating a sonic portrait of dream and waking states and natural and psychological landscapes. To best capture Breton's imagery, Williams, CMP Sound Engineer Tyler Clausen, and CMP Videographer Mike Harrison traveled to Rocher Percé and its surroundings to collect the sounds of gannets, the ocean, tourism, and other soundmarks. In performance, these soundscapes surround the listener, moving above, below, and around, and blend with the sustained tones of Williams’ contrabass and Robin Hayward’s microtonal tuba. As an accompaniment to the tour, CMP launched The Arcanum 17 blog, showcasing interviews, an audio trailer, videos, photos, and news from the tour. Arcanum 17 is available for live performance in your gallery, concert hall, and beyond. For booking information, please contact us at info@cmorrow.com.

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South Florida Science Museum
South Florida Science Museum
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. CMP created a soundscape with continuous Everglades ambience and 15 push button sounds. more...

Tony Lualdi design created the entire experience. CMP worked with Tony, then with DMCD, on And the Beat Goes (heartbeat machines) for the American Heart Association, Phoenix Arizona. Tony reported that people are having a fabulous time pushing the 15 buttons that trigger the 15 sounds.

Sounds came from our colleague and friend Elam Stolzfus , Florida based natural environment, video maker, whom we met at the international wildlife film festival, where we met Tyler Clausen. Great lucky stars!

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Spokane Water Resources Center
Spokane Water Resources
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. CMP collaborated with a bright new design team Renate based in Portland, Oregon. The firm does planning and design for museums, science centers and cultural institutions. more...

A feature of Renate’s work is the integration of media from the outset. Renate creates projects that are unexpected, fun and form a place of pride for their communities. Opened Spring 2012: Renate design for the Spokane Water Resources Center engages visitors in understanding natural and engineered water reclamation systems, to raise awareness about wastewater treatment and to inspire sustainable practices and water conservation. CMP created a water soundscape for visitors entering and leaving the Center through a silo structure, taking unique advantage of the silo echo.

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Magic Forest & Aviary at Nationwide Children's Hospital
NCH Magic Forest
COLUMBUS, OHIO. Among giant trees and forest friends filling the Magic Forest, anyone sitting in the new waiting room will be surrounded by sounds of distant birds, wild animals and even the occasional cricket. more...

The Aviary has dozens of colorful birds and colorful sonic flight patterns. Birds are heard taking off from the ground and flying overhead. This Aviary has the peaceful sound of a river that flows through the hallway. Our 3D soundscape is always changing. As the sounds of a natural forest change throughout the day, so does the Magic Forest. Mornings are calm while afternoons are full of life. There are even sounds of crickets and frogs at night. The sounds of birds and animals are produced at random, which means no two days are alike. There is a unique experience for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. No matter what day of the year you visit the Children's Hospital, you will experience the most vivid depiction of the outdoors.

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LAND SEA AIR at Arup Headquarters
Land Sea Air at Arup
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. CMP's exhibit LandSeaAir ran from February 17 to May 4, 2012 in Phase 2 Gallery at the headquarters of Arup, the renowned structural engineering and acoustical design firm. Sound artist Charlie Morrow explores through three-dimensional immersive sound our relationship between the environment and its ecological changes, as well as its history. more...

The visitor hears sounds from different epochs ranging from giant dragonflies of the Carboniferous period to the internet and the circuitry of our contemporary digital era. To complement Morrow's sonic journey the exhibition includes Geo Portrait Earth (1999) by American filmmaker Gina Angelone and Time Spiral Cosmic Clock, a sculpture designed specially for the exhibition by Finnish industrial designer Hannu Kähönen. Both works address our perception and experience of the passing of time.

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Marimekko New York Flagship Store
Marimekko New York
NEW YORK, NEW YORK. At the end of 2011, Charles Morrow Productions completed programming and installation of a Morrowsound® True3D system at Marimekko's flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue, right across from the historic Flatiron Building. more...

Marimekko has used 3D sound to create a unique shopping experience in five stores to date. This new audio experience is an important part of the company’s brand identity at the outlets in New York, Berlin, Malmö, and two in Helsinki, and it aims to create a truly immersive in-store experience for both the customers and the staff. Marimekko's designs are closely linked to and inspired by nature. That is why the stores use creative soundscapes that blend music and natural sounds together, i.e., calm rainfalls, quiet bird song or simply a tranquil forest ambience which create a freshly calm state of mind.

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AHEAD! at the Habitare Design Fair
Habitare
HELSINKI, FINLAND. Seagulls, boat horns, kids playing, dogs, and army marching band sounds create a True3D real-life replica of a Helsinki marketplace environment. Located exclusively in our 2,000 sq meter AHEAD! show at the Habitare Design Fair in Helsinki. more...

This collaboration with Hannu Kähönen's CreaDesign and Anteeksi is a popular attraction and alternative experience in the highly commercial design show. We mix True 3D soundscenes with localized sounds for a jolly, familiar market atmosphere with small typical sonic place details. The MorrowSound HiLo speaker format supports ear level conversation for cafeteria and retail experiences. Our time spent gathering local sound is rewarded. The boat horns and the sonic rainstorms sound very local Helsinki.

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Sonic Wind Sails
Sonic Wind Sails
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. This past September, music-lovers across Canada experienced the first live performance composed for the Morrowsound® True 3D sound cube. Arcanum 17, a multimedia composition by Charlie Morrow and composer and contrabassist Christopher Williams, reached five galleries and concert halls from Victoria to Halifax.




 
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