AGNSW wanted an audio delivery platform that showcased the possibilities for an audio experience in an art museum. The platform needed to be consistent and scalable, starting small with the ability to be built out in the future for expansion into other galleries to support the organisation’s long-term goals for location-based audio offerings. To inaugurate the platform, we needed to create an audio experience that would push the limits of traditional guides and fully utilise the technical capacity of our delivery platform.
In close consultation with the gallery and the exhibition curators, we zeroed in on storytelling and soundscapes as the focus for developing the guide’s audio content. We incorporated environmental sound design to immerse visitors even more deeply in the rich storytelling, which included the use of acclaimed actor Hugo Weaving to voice the role of artist John Russell. Alongside developing the audio content, we developed the technical framework that would deliver the guide to visitors via a specially built app on our proprietary platform.
Working closely with the AGNSW’s digital engagement and curatorial teams, we developed the John Russell Audio Experience. This location-aware cinematic audio tour paired narrative and storytelling with an original musical score, transporting visitors to the world within the paintings. Our audio delivery platform provided the technical framework required to achieve a multi-layered and spatially immersive gallery audio experience.