null Genelec helps tell the story of the Cold War at new Danish museum

Genelec helps tell the story of the Cold War at new Danish museum

REGAN Vest installs Genelec 4000 series loudspeaker system.

REGAN Vest is a new museum in Skørping, Denmark, exploring the geopolitical tensions of the Cold War. A detailed and informative look at a conflict that lasted over four decades, REGAN Vest tells the story in a newly built exhibition space that’s equipped with a comprehensive audio solution from Genelec.

“We wanted to create an exhibition in which the audio-visual elements supported the storytelling in very subtle ways,” begins Taintec’s Tue Selmer Friborg, the audio-visual consultant that worked on the project. “The sound had to offer guests an immersive element, whilst being unobtrusive, and at the same time we wanted to make an exhibition which – though complex – would require as little maintenance as possible.”

I chose Genelec primarily for its sound quality, and strong sustainability values.

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The museum is made up of three parts; a 5,500 sq-metre secret bunker hidden 60 metres underground, which takes guests to the centre of the Cold War with its untouched artefacts and original décor, the master machinists house – which allows visitors to experience what day-to-day life was like – and the newly built exhibition space that tells the story of political tensions and how Denmark prepared for nuclear attack.

This is where the Genelec system is deployed, with Friborg specifying a solution that relies on the renowned 4000 Series loudspeakers, complemented by 7050 subwoofer technology. Unmatched performance and adaptability made the models an ideal choice for the discreet yet high-quality audio that the exhibition required. “I chose Genelec first and foremost for their sound quality,” he furthers. “Other factors included durability, the five-year warranty, versatility, and the different size options.

“The inbuilt amplifiers made for a very simple installation, and the low power consumption provided by Genelec’s Intelligent Signal Sensing (ISS) technology means that I don’t need to bother with turning amplifiers on and off. I like to make systems with as few hardware types as possible because it makes setup time and maintenance much easier, and the client does not need to have a huge stock of different spares. Genelec’s commitment to sustainability also influenced my choice.”

We aimed for an exhibition that, despite its complexity, require minimal maintenance.

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The system comprises seven powerful 4030 loudspeakers, five 4020s, four 4010s and one 7050 subwoofer, all of which are responsible for providing the atmospheric soundscapes that bring the exhibition to life. As guests enter, quadrophonic surround sound is used to emphasise the two opposing sides, and in another room, there’s a replica of a nuclear explosion – which features intense flashing lights, a blast from the Genelec loudspeakers and a Danish TV broadcast of the attack.

Additionally, several vintage TVs and radios play historic clips from the era, which are reproduced by Genelec’s ultra-compact 4010 loudspeakers. The system is controlled by networked media players from BrightSign so that the sound levels and playback triggers are handled via the network.

Since opening, REGAN Vest has become one of Denmark’s most interesting new museum projects. Placing guests in a bunker that was once used to protect the government from nuclear attack, the museum has redefined the boundaries of a traditional attraction – enhancing the experience even further with a new exhibition space that relies on clear, intelligible audio from Genelec.

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