Washington, DC (October 13, 2004)–When it came time to produce A/V material for the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the newest of the Smithsonian Institution’s holdings on the National Mall in Washington D.C., everyone knew that the task would not be an easy one. So Kathy Suter, the media coordinator for the museum, turned to Interface Media Group, initially to create the Museum’s Welcome Wall, and in the end, to complete an additional seven separate, unique video presentations, as well as 18 stand-alone audio environments.
The NMAI houses the largest and most extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts in the world–approximately 800,000 objects representing over 10,000 years of history, from more than 1,000 indigenous cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere. The hallmark of the museum is that all aspects of the exhibitions and programs are presented from the Native perspective–“in the Native voice.”
In addition to their work on the video presentations, for 18 stand-alone audio environments situated throughout the museum Interface provided overall sound design, recording and mixing. “When ambient nature sounds were needed they were often conjured up from original recordings. At other times they edited interviews into cogent little stories told strictly through audio,” stated Suter. “Although we wanted these settings to be realistic, they also had to be interesting so we did exercise some creativity in the design of these audio environments.”
Of her two year experience working on the various presentations with Interface Ms. Suter concluded, “Often times I would hand the folks at Interface chaos, and some very highfalutin creative ideas. Invariably, they brought order to the chaos and accomplished the creative. These have been very complicated projects.”
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