Charlie Morrow is a composer, sound artist, performer and innovator whose goal over the past four decades has been to bring experimental sound and music to a wider audience through avenues, including concert performances and ad jingles, city-wide events and film scores, museum sound installations and hospital sound environments. In 1979, he founded Charles Morrow Productions and created MorrowSound (Barton VT), including True 3D sound and 360° VR sound. His work in the creation of sound environments is showcased in venues worldwide, including the Magic Forest & Aviary at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus OH; Marimekko’s New York flagship store on Fifth Avenue; SC Johnson’s corporate headquarters in Racine WI and the Hall of Planet Earth in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
Upcoming are three distinct exponents of his sound work in the US, the UK and Finland:
- Tool Sound Image, part of Tools: Extending Our Reach, currently on view through May 24, 2015 at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is a multimedia composition featuring True 3D sound and video, combining sounds and images of tools and their users.
- Sound installations in Lincoln Castle Revealed, the the restored castle in Lincoln, England, in Spring 2015. The home of one of the four copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, the castle will reopen after a four-year renovation, to mark the landmark charter’s 800th anniversary. He created a series of True 3D soundscapes to bring to life the Magna Carta Vault (the display of the castle’s copy of the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forests), interpreting the scene of King John’s sealing of the document with recordings of the Lincoln Cathedral Choir in situ; and Lincoln Castle Prison and Prison Chapel, evoking the authentic environment of the Victorian prison with sounds of prisoners and Chapel services.
- MorrowSound 360 Virtual Reality Experience, the first use of MorrowSound 360° VR Sound Software with Oculus VR at Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre, in Vantaa, Finland, in Spring 2015. The MorrowSound 360° VR sound system will be combined with the Oculus virtual reality technology, and incorporated into a “virtual reality experience.” It includes Harri Koskinen’s VR chair and invites visitors to exclusive site-oriented programming, using an Oculus VR or similar virtual reality device, and listening through headphones allowing a spherical cinema experience that adjusts both the visual and aural perceptions to the user’s motions.