The Genius Loci festival in Weimar, Germany, has been delighting the senses since 2012. Incorporating ruins, water screens, buildings and less tangible things, the event is aimed at crafting completely novel narratives in the form of light and sound. As a premium festival partner, Barco helped eventgoers to completely immerse themselves in sounds, images, history and the unique vibe of the city for the third year in a row, in 2016.

The sophistication and sheer number of possibilities for spatializing sound provided by the Barco IOSONO system enable completely new ways of musical expression in our work.

Martin Recker and Paul Hauptmeier
AV artists Genius Loci Weimar 2016
Acoustic magic
Our partner AED Display provided several arrays of our HDF and HDX projectors to power precision projection mappings during the event. And for the first time, a tailored acoustic installation that featured our Barco IOSONO CORE audio technology gave artists extreme freedom and flexibility, allowing sounds to be shaped within a space with precision.

Stephan Mauer, Strategic Marketing Manager at Barco Audio Technologies, explains the set-up: “Students from the University of Weimar had developed a sound installation to translate the ‘East-West’ idea of the Hafiz-Goethe-Memorial at Beethoven square. Their audio art included field recordings from Germany and the Arab world, human voices, as well as processed instrumental recordings and abstract sound objects which they assembled in acoustic spaces reflecting and disassembling stereotypes. We equipped two walls standing opposite each other with 20 loudspeakers each. Our Barco IOSONO CORE spatial audio processor helped lift the soundscapes to a hyper-realistic level.”

Performance in space

“The sophistication and sheer number of possibilities for spatializing sound provided by the Barco IOSONO system enable completely new ways of musical expression in our work,” said featured artists Martin Recker and Paul Hauptmeier. And there was more than just hardware. “The production support we got from Barco Audio Technologies was extremely helpful in getting going with the tools in an instant.”

copyright images: Henry Sowinski

Highlights:

Barco solution

  • IOSONO CORE
  • HDX / HDF series projectors

The production support we got from Barco Audio Technologies was extremely helpful in getting going with the tools in an instant

Martin Recker and Paul Hauptmeier
AV artists Genius Loci Weimar 2016