Moncrieff sound system gets an upgrade

THE Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (MEC) has recently upgraded the sound system in the theatre and we are very excited about the clarity and quality of the system.

The history of the theatre did not always include sound amplification, however, there was natural amplification; for example, the way humans can throw their voices, resonating sound inside caves, and off the walls of buildings.

Early surround sound could also be heard when the listener was in close proximity to the music, while listening to a live band marching past in a parade for example.

Ancient temples

The island nation of Malta in the Mediterranean has the oldest freestanding structures built by man and the first known example of sculpture as architecture. While archaeologists classify these structures as temples, the classification is based on pure conjecture. The people who built these structures disappeared from the island about 1000 years before the next group of settlers showed up.

The Hypogeum, an underground temple, features an acoustic cave that amplifies the sound of a resonating deep voice. Its main chamber is set up like a stage and changes when the light changes. It is easy to imagine that this place was used for performances and storytelling, complete with mystic sounds.

At the movies

Movies were accompanied by a piano player before the advent of synchronised sound and the release of The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson in 1927. Walt Disney created the first synchronised sound short with Steamboat Willie in 1928.

However, it wasn't until Disney's release of the concert film Fantasia in 1940 that movies started to explore stereophonic sound. Disney's Fantasound system gave viewers the aural cues to believe that sounds were coming from different parts of the theatre. Ultimately, the system proved too costly, and Disney ran out of funds to convert theatres to the required system.

Radio

Even today, the radio has AM stations still broadcasting in mono. However, most FM stations are in stereo. Stereophonic sound means that sound is broadcast on two tracks, one for the left ear and one for the right ear. It approximates surround sound without really delivering the fullness of a surround sound experience. Some older recordings have been converted into stereo, which has resulted in the vocals in one ear and the instruments in the other.

At home

With new technologies and the home theatre system, surround sound has been made available to individuals for the first time in history. These systems often feature five or more points and can be configured to deliver the best sound experience possible for home entertainment viewing. Watching movies that feature things like spaceships or dinosaurs all around makes a surround sound system so appealing.

In the car

It may seem like a surround sound system in your car is a little overkill, but considering how much time people spend in their vehicles, it may be one of the best ways to get the most out of a stereo system. There are few who can resist turning up the volume on their favourite songs; the right vehicle system makes that experience even better.

While people are focused on their eyesight as a sense, sound is highly underrated. If you love watching movies with the multi-directional glory of surround sound, we've got it all.

MOVIES Thursday July 2 - July 8

Jurassic World (M)

The park is open!

Twenty-two years after the disastrous events of Jurassic Park, the vision of founder John Hammond is now reality - a fully-functional theme park open to the public and populated by dinosaurs.

While staff member Owen (Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy) conducts research into the fearsome velociraptor, scientists at the park are cooking up a new, genetically-modified dinosaur in the lab. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), Vincent D'Onofrio and Jake Johnson co-star, while Colin Trevorrow directs what is just his second feature film after indie charmer Safety Not Guaranteed.

Home (PG) Friday July 3 - Wednesday July 8

When Oh (voice of Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home. Starring the voices of Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

Special screenings:

Home on Friday, July 3, to support the Pacemakers Relay for Life Fundraiser, $16 includes a fun night out with a special Combo Deal, nibbles and prizes.

Special celebration NAIDOC Week: Free movie: The Help (M) Tuesday, July 7.

Don't miss Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd - Thursday, July 2, @ 8pm.

Octonauts Live! Tuesday July 7 - two shows @ 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Online bookings www. moncrieff-bundaberg. com.au P: 4130 4100



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