Depicting water, air, earth and fire—Moonacy Music Room is a collaborative venue for concerts and events. The 30,000 cu. ft. space has angled walls, exposed metal trusses, a ceiling increasing in elevation and a concrete floor. The shape of the space, along with many reflective surfaces, posed acoustical challenges. Central to the space, an 18- by 9-foot colorful painting was backed with pinta acoustic sound-absorbing panels. To provide visual and acoustical balance, a mosaic of custom fabric-wrapped FABRITEC tiles and digital displays was created for the wall opposing the painting. willtec® strips were integrated about the shiplap ceiling above.
When singer/songwriter Jan Edwards expanded her property to include the Moonacy Music Room, aesthetics, a state-of-the-art sound system and optimized acoustics were vital. Designed to represent the four elements, the Moonacy Music Room is a collaborative space for concerts and events.
To optimize acoustics in a music venue, the stage and wall opposing the stage are usually treated with acoustical material first. That wasn’t possible because of the cabinets and large display on the stage and the facing glass wall. Shaped like a mega-phone, the space also had many reflective surfaces that added acoustical challenges.
Depicting water, the concept for the room began with a large colorful Native American painting created by Rabbett Before Horses Strickland. willtec® wall panels from pinta acoustic were concealed behind the painting for sound absorption.
To balance the space visually and acoustically, a mosaic of pinta’s custom FABRITEC tiles were intermingled with digital displays on the wall opposing the painting. Known as the magic wall, it represents air and provides excellent acoustical performance.
willtec strips, faced with a super white HPC coating, were directly applied to the ceiling. These strips blended with the white shiplap ceiling and provide additional sound absorption.
The process evolved during a brainstorming session between Jan Edwards, architect Alex Haecker and interior designers Shelly Reihl David and Carl David. Edwards introduced a magazine tear sheet showing a quilted wall. This was the impetus behind what is known as the magic wall.
The magic wall contains custom acoustical tiles wrapped in 11 different fabrics selected by David. To add movement to the magic wall, Luke Nelson from Acoustic Vision recommended intermixing 19 digital screens, programmed to display atmospheric images.
The shape of the space, along with many hard, reflective surfaces, posed acoustical challenges so Nelson brought in audio engineer Charles G. (Skip) Kahane from PGS/Broadcast Media Services. Kahane recommended pinta’s FABRITEC Wall Tiles and willtec panels for the room.
Many of the FABRITEC tiles were shipped with the fabric wrapped on the top and edges. Additional panels were supplied with the fabric secured only to the top. Installer Devin Jackson and his team from Jackson Sound Management Productions custom-cut the tiles to fit. Once cut to size, each tile was direct-applied to the wall using pinta’s acouSTIC adhesive. willtec strips on the ceiling were cut in the field to fit around tresses and fixtures onsite.
“The element, fire, is depicted in the bar created by, James Lamis. Lights cast the image of fire onto draperies behind the bar. Hanging fixtures simulate charred tree branches,” explains Edwards. “The aquarium next to the painting exhibits koi and a replica of the Moonacy Music Room on a cliff. The painting, aquarium and the powder room symbolize water.”
“We couldn’t have done it without pinta acoustic’s product,” states Kahane. “Fiberglass panels weren't an option. The exceptional acoustical performance of FABRITEC and willtec products, in addition to having the ability to custom-cut the panels onsite, provided a simple solution.”
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