Sounds of the Ocean Brought to Life with “Sonic Fireflies” at Revel
A Permanent Sound and Light Installation by Renowned Architect and Composer Christopher Janney Debuts in April
REVEL BEACH, Atlantic City, NJ (April 15, 2012) – Premiering at Revel this spring is “Sonic Fireflies,” an interactive sound and light installation created by renowned architect and composer Christopher Janney. Inspired both by the flashes of fireflies and the sounds of the sea, “Sonic Fireflies” is a permanent installation that creates an enchanting and engaging welcome to the resort’s OceanSide walkway overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
This one-of-a-kind artwork created exclusively for Revel is composed of numerous elements. First, as passersby enter the space, they will hear a series of environmental sound tracks – from breaking ocean waves, seagulls chirping and calls of children playing, to deep water sounds such as whales, porpoises and “mermaids.” Then, by walking beneath one of the 63 “electronic fireflies,” they will trigger soft accents of flutes, marimbas, tabla drums and oboes paired with the flash of a colored light. Each firefly unit contains a small audio speaker, a full-color computer-controlled LED light and sonar-sensor detecting movement throughout the space. At certain times of the day, structured patterns of light and sound, or “The Ghost” as Janney calls it, will also appear to simulate a group of fireflies flying through the space all at once.
“‘Sonic Fireflies’ is a sonic portrait of a soothing ocean oasis; a place of creative stimulation,” said Janney, who has also created installations in a number of large public spaces including the Dallas, Boston, Miami and Sacramento airports, as well as the New York City subway. “All my scores change on any given time or day so it keeps the space interesting and refreshing for guests.”
“Sonic Fireflies is my favorite installation on the entire property, especially in the morning,” said Creative Director Mitch Gorshin. “The sense of enchantment, whimsy and peacefulness that is created as a result of human engagement is nothing less than dreamlike. Christopher Janney is the coolest artist/composer one could ever meet. His command of sound, light, trends and the understanding of the human spirit is clearly evident in all that he creates. REVEL is without question, honored to curate the work of Christopher Janney and we are proud of this unique opportunity to share his work with all of our guests.”
Christopher Janney is an accomplished composer and architect (B.A. from Princeton,1973, magna cum laude), where he studied with Michael Graves and Rosalind Krauss, and an M.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978). Janney has also been a Research Fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (1980-1990) and a Visiting Professor at Cooper Union’s School of Architecture (1991-2004) under Dean John Hejduk. As a creator of experimental performance environments, Janney has also collaborated with numerous artists and performers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sara Rudner – former principal dancer with Twyla Tharp – and The Persuasions. Additionally, Janney has toured the world with his “Sonic Forest” and other installations at major music festivals including Glastonbury, Download and Hyde Park Calling in the U.K. and Bonnaroo and Coachella in the U.S.
Special Thanks: BOSE Corporation, Chauvet Lighting, Harman/Crown Amplifiers, Maxbotix.
Revel will begin welcoming guests April 2 for an eight-week preview featuring a progressive schedule of select openings of restaurants, gaming, performance spaces, spa, day-life and nightlife amenities. The complete resort experience will premiere on May 25, the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend. Reservations will be available for the smoke-free resort at revelresorts.com.
Revel is located on the Boardwalk between South New Jersey and South Connecticut avenues in Atlantic City.
Editor’s note: High-resolution images and B-roll are available for download on Revel’s media center at http://media.revelresorts.com.
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Media Contacts: Weber Shandwick for Revel
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