13 April 2022

Museum of the Future, Dubai: Grand Central Recording Studios uses a multi-layered soundscape to transport visitors to space

GCRS recently completed a project for the Museum of the Future in Dubai, a first of its kind immersive institution housed inside an architectural marvel – a unique oval shaped seven-story building that is 77 meters tall and covers an area of 30,548 square metres.

Framestore was asked to create the moment guests are transported into the future via a rocket launch from the future city of Dubai, up into space and finally docking into the spectacular space station OSS Hope. GCRS collaborated on all aspects of sound creating an immersive 360-degree soundscape.

Framestore’s Creative Director, Jason Fox headed up the monumental project alongside VFX Supervisor, Jay Khan, and created a fully CG city of Dubai and designed the full sequence from ground to orbit including the return sequence as well as the space capsule. 

The journey to OSS Hope, designed as a space capsule, is in reality housed inside a huge freight elevator that transports guests to the top of the museum to start their adventure. Surrounding visitors are 10 giant 75inch 4k screens all providing a completely realistic perspective of the surrounding city of Dubai. The walls, floor and ceiling mirror each other giving the architecture a sense of zero gravity.

From the bone shaking rockets of the launch, to the sublime musical approach to OSS Hope, the sound and the visuals make for an unforgettable experience.

Raja Sehgal, chief sound designer and founding partner at GCRS, was involved early on in the creation of The Journey to OSS Hope and recommended where within the space the speakers should be integrated. GCRS’ Studio 8 in London was redesigned to emulate the dimensions of the experience and create cinematic sound. Raja then spent time on site in Dubai interfacing the system into the live experience.  

Raja Sehgal, says:

“The journey up to OSS Hope had to be the most memorable as it’s the first impression a visitor will have of the Museum of the Future. This is the show off piece and the sound is absolutely inherent with some hair-standing-on-end moments. I integrated hundreds of layers of sound design on site, so depending on where you stand in elevator, the experience is different and most importantly, feels completely realistic. I had a lot of fun with this.”



Client: Museum of the Future @museumofthefuture

Creative Director: Brendan McGetrick @brmcgetrick

Director of Technology: Sundar Raman @cybertoast

Framestore Creative Director: Jason Fox

Sound Design: GCRS

Raj Seghal: Sound Designer


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