One of Buddy Holly’s guitars and
a slew of Elvis Presley memorabilia
are just some of the artifacts visitors
of the Annex can see while listening
to Sennheiser guidePORT systems.
New York (December 12, 2008)–Sennheiser and its affiliated company Klein + Hummel is being used at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex, now open in the heart of New York City’s Soho district.
“Sennheiser and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame each showcase the magical elements of music, making Sennheiser’s supporting partnership with the Annex an incredible match,” said Stefanie Reichert, vice president of strategic marketing for Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “Sennheiser microphones are preferred by the most renowned musicians of our time. Now, fans have a unique opportunity to learn about and hear rock and roll’s superstar performers in a fantastic-sounding music environment.”
An array of Sennheiser and Klein + Hummel products were handpicked by the producers of the Annex: Running Subway Productions, Jam Exhibitions and S2BN Entertainment. Running Subway Productions is the New York-based entertainment production company that presents the well-known production, Bodies…The Exhibition in New York City.
As visitors explore the 25,000 square-foot exhibit, they’ll hear tunes that complement each area of the gallery they are experiencing with a pair of Sennheiser PX 200 headphones and a clip-on Sennheiser guidePORT receiver.
The wireless guidePORT system offers visitors a seamless, personalized audio navigation experience at their own pace and level. Specially produced narratives and live sound tracks “trigger” the guidePORT system as the visitors browse the exhibits and pass by the many monitors and specially projected images and effects.
“The guidePORT tour guide system takes what would either be a static read-only exhibition, or one that has many noisy and conflicting audio sources, and transforms it into an incredible personal experience for the rock and roll fan,” explained David McNutt, industry team leader for installed sound at Sennheiser. “The Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Joplin, Clapton, Dylan all come alive as experienced through the personal guidePORT system.”
Throughout the “Roots & Influences” exhibit, for example, visitors will automatically hear how the music legends of yesterday, such as James Brown, have influenced recent chart-toppers like 50 Cent and Notorious B.I.G. via the PX 200 headphones. Then, as visitors make their way to the “Moments to Movements” display to view such items as John Lennon’s never-before-displayed white Vox prototype guitar, visitors will experience a seamless transition to an soundtrack that accompanies the rock artifacts. Once the tour is complete, a selection of Sennheiser headphones will be available for sale in the Annex shop.
Before entering the guided audio experience, visitors walk through the “Signature Hall” covered with seven Klein + Hummel ProX 6 loudspeakers and watch a multimedia presentation in special multi-channel sound over the new Klein + Hummel IS 123 loudspeakers and subwoofer systems.
James Sanna, executive producer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC, worked hard to get Sennheiser and Klein + Hummel into this project. “We are very pleased to have Sennheiser products creating the experience for our visitors,” Sanna said. “Their history and reputation for quality and performance are a perfect match for this exciting entertainment experience.”
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Annex NYC