Orbit Pavilion by NASA

The Orbit Pavilion is a sound system on steroids that allows us to move sounds around the inside of the dome in any direction. Our idea was to tie the movement of sounds to the trajectories of NASA's orbiting Earth science satellites, allowing us to listen to the movement of these satellites as they pass overhead. We were inspired by the idea of extending our senses hundreds of miles into space so that we can hear the presence of this invisible fleet of spacecraft, almost like we hear a bird fly overhead.

All of this was brought beautifully to life through a collaboration with architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA who conceived and designed the beautiful shell structure and composer Shane Myrbeck who gave voice to all of the 19 satellites in the form of two compositions. One calls out the real time location of the passing satellites. The other represents 24 hours of orbits by NASA satellites in one minute using sounds inspired by aspects of Earth's ecology being studied by each mission. 

The Orbit Pavilion is currently on Exhibit at Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. It is the inaugural exhibition of the Huntington’s “Five” project, pairing the Huntington with five organizations over five years, bringing in a range of contemporary artists who will respond to themes drawn from some aspects of their collection.

Created by NASA in collaboration with STUDIOKCA and Shane Myrbeck.
Creative Strategy: Dan Goods, David Delgado (NASA/JPL)
Pavilion Design: Jason Klimoski, STUDIOKCA
Audio Composition and Sound System Design: Shane Myrbeck
3D audio produced in the Arup SoundLab

 

The first concepts of creating a sound system on steroids...

The first concepts of creating a sound system on steroids...

The question we asked ourselves was - "What would it be like if we could hear satellites orbiting the Earth?

The question we asked ourselves was - "What would it be like if we could hear satellites orbiting the Earth?


Shane Myrbeck working his magic on the movement of sound in the wee hours of the morning.

Shane Myrbeck working his magic on the movement of sound in the wee hours of the morning.

The team: Jason, Dan, Shane and David

The team: Jason, Dan, Shane and David