Plains Indian Museum – “Seasons of Life”
2000: Cody, WY
Large Scale Multi-Media Diorama
Designer: West Office Exhibition Design
This is a huge diorama, backed with a cyclorama 90 ft wide and 40 ft high. There is a 12 track sound system with speakers mounted in the diorama and behind the screen. Images provided by two 5000 lumen projectors and a 90 fixture lighting system cover the cyc.
The primary narration audio tracks were layed down on the video disks (This was built in the days of laser disks.). The sound effects were played from CD players with all players frame synched to a master black-burst generator. All audio is routed through a computer controlled mixer that pans the sound anywhere in the space so the sound comes from the appropriate place in the diorama; from the screen if an image is speaking, from behind a cast figure when it is speaking. Natural sounds fill in between sections of narration.
The lights are all programmed in a stand alone playback box that is synchronized with midi macro commands provided by the show controllers. While this is not how we would do this today, it was a very stable solution for its time.
The entire system has run with virtually no down time since 1999. In February of 2006 we completed a technology upgrade replacing the laser disk players with media servers.