Bound to Bristol plays in the 75-seat orientation theater.
Visitors use the interactive listening stations to listen to original recordings of the 1927 Bristol Sessions.
An e-postcard interactive lets visitors send a Bristol-themed postcard electronically to a friend.
A crowd favorite, the Making Music gallery has interactives for mixing music, listening to Bristol songs remixed, and a singalong booth.
The "Bristol Remixed" interactive lets visitors remix different elements from popular Bristol Sessions songs.
The "Sing Along" booth gives visitors a karaoke experience as they sing along with several popular Bristol Sessions songs.
The Unbroken Circle theater is an immersive theater that pays tribute to the global impact of a recorded sound that started in Bristol.
The Unbroken Circle theater is a 30-foot wide curved screen with three projectors displaying one seamless image.
Several other experiences let visitors compare microphone technologies of the early twentieth century and listen to classic country radio.
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The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum celebrates the continuing impact of the Bristol Sessions, the first commercially successful country music recordings widely considered to be the “Big Bang of Country Music.” Hillmann & Carr served as the museum’s Media Master Planners throughout the design phases, then produced and installed all the media. Seven films, seven audio soundscapes, and eighteen computer interactives bring the Bristol Sessions to life and celebrate the culture of the region in this 24,000-square-foot Smithsonian Affiliate.
Visitors listen to the original 1927 recordings and learn about the artists; hear interpretations of the songs over the decades; examine the elements and remix them; and sing along with the songs in a karaoke-style booth.
Large-format theaters bookend the visitor experience with Bound To Bristol, a 75-seat orientation theater narrated by Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash and The Unbroken Circle, a 30-foot-wide, multi-projector Watchout-driven immersion experience celebrating the enduring impact on music today.
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