The soundscape plays using a non-repetitive algorithm at low-level from 10am-9pm daily, with each of the 40 speakers receiving its own independent feed.
Sage Gateshead already enjoys a close relationship with RCF as Nitelites have previously installed flagship RCF systems in their two main rooms. For at the end of the exhibition, Sage Gateshead will take ownership and repurpose a quantity of the boxes while the remainder will be returned to Nitelites’ hire inventory. Said Sage Gateshead’s Technical Manager, Clair Willis, “We have a number of halls in which we stage events and the PA is receiving positive feedback. It was based on this experience that I suggested the use of RCF within this project.”
Tracing the background to the commission, she said, “With the opening of the Exhibition, the organisation had wanted something to animate the concourse and Mark’s idea was selected by the programming team as the immersive experience it wanted.”
Nitelites’ project manager Ed Gamble said, “To convince Mark about the merits of the HDL 6-A we shipped him a unit to try out.”
Mark Fell picks up the story of his latest excursion into psychoacoustics and his love affair with the HDL 6-A. “Within about 15 minutes of setting up the speaker in my studio and playing different sounds through it I knew that it was exactly what I needed. “When I arrived on site at Sage Gateshead and considered its spatial and sonic characteristics, I could see it was a particularly complex and challenging acoustic environment, with hard surfaces that there was no point fighting against. I knew that this project needed a great deal of care and forethought, which was why finding the right speaker unit was so imperative.”