• California Science Center
  • California Science Center
  • California Science Center
  • California Science Center
  • California Science Center

California Science Center

“Central Organizer”

2009: Los Angeles, CA

A video, sound and recording system for a 3-storied, glass-enclosed space

Designer: BBI Engineering

This is the newest party spot at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Sound in the Central Organizer is heard from six column loudspeakers mounted on the four vertical trusses in front of the glass wall. The Innovox speakers (LA 1450 and LA1400) were selected because they provide excellent vertical pattern control with minimal visual impact. They do not produce useful bass response below 120 Hz, which will be more than adequate for speech reinforcement and light music playback. They are supplemented by portable subwoofers and monitor speakers that connect to a stage box.

Speakers mounted to the entrances to the Kelp Forest and the East Foyer provide transition as you move out of the Central Organizer.The signal to these loudspeakers is delayed in order to synchronize with sound coming from the Central Organizer, allowing people seated in the adjacent areas to hear events originating from the Central Organizer. The volume in each of the adjacent areas is independently adjustable via touch panels mounted to the wall and in the rack.


“Tess”

2004: Los Angeles, CA

50 ft Animatronic Woman with Multi-Media

Designer: West Office Exhibition Design

If you need a 50 ft mechanical woman, we’ve worked on one! Behind her head is a 25 ft wide screen with a door cut into it, a very hard screen to make.

The main screen is single image; however there are lots of smaller monitor and readouts built into the walls on either side. A 100 fixture lighting system, including moving lights and lights embedded in the figure, light up to tell the story of homeostasis or body feedback physiology. When she raises a leg her heart rate increases, gauges indicate consumption of glucose, et cetera.

There is an 8 channel sound system divided between the screen area and the overhead trusses. For the interactive character on the screen, the sound comes from the screen. The rest of the narration is VOG and comes from the overhead speakers. In addition, a few speakers buried in the model provide specific sound effects.

In this installation all the sound is played off an 8 track player slaved to the video players via SIMPTE timecode.

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