In the heart of the seaside town Aberystwyth lies the largest library in Wales, holding more than 6.5 million books and extensive collections of archives, portraits, images and maps. In celebration of the Welsh heritage and life, the National Library of Wales has opened The Wales Broadcast Archive consisting of a collection of over a century of the nation’s biggest events on radio, television, and film. Equipped with NOUS Sonic, visitors immerse themselves and dive deep into the history of Wales through extensive amounts of archival material. Thanks to the precise and accurate localization and positioning system within NOUS Sonic, we have managed to synchronise and coordinate a range of of video- and audio-clips, some very close to each other, to create a remarkable three-dimensional soundscape. Archival clips e.g. of the spectacular Welsh Rugby Grand Slams take the visitors on a captivating journey through important points in the Welsh life and heritage.
The former reading room was thus equipped by NOUS with a subtle archival immersion experience: With the result of a reinterpretation of the term library in the direction of a multimedia knowledge space.
Furthermore, we are very pleased to announce that we have been nominated in the AV Awards 2023 in the category 'Audio Technology of the Year' for our project 'NOUS Sonic at the National Library of Wales'!