Today, visitors to Fort Walsh step back in time to explore the origins of Canada’s Mounties, the area’s importance during the Battle of Little Bighorn and the tragedy of the Cypress Hills Massacre. NGX is working with AldrichPears Associates to bring Fort Walsh’s history to life. The Fort’s dramatic past will be experienced through an evocative exhibit space that features spoken and ambient audio and interactive touch screen exhibits, introducing visitors to the region’s compelling characters, events and narratives.
A historic Canadian landmark situated in the rolling grandeur of Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, Fort Walsh was a terminus and headquarters for the newly-formed Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) during their legendary march west in the 19th Century. It was in Fort Walsh where Canada’s iconic police force set up, policing rotgut whiskey runners, patrolling the border and negotiating with First Nations peoples.
We set out on a field recording road trip to Carry The Kettle First Nation Saskatchewan to meet and record the resident talent for the project.
Upon arrival onsite we set up in a very open room with no acoustical treatment. We had to surround the talent with acoustic treatment to get the required audio quality. This was achieved with multiple blankets and sleeping bags which worked perfectly. We used an Avantone CV-12 condenser mic for the voice over and Sennheiser 421 for the drum. We recorded the audio with a ZOOM H6. The project was directed onsite from a Parks Canada representative and remotely via Skype from NGX Interactive producers in Vancouver. First we recorded the talent voice over tracks in English and Nakoda, secondly the Drumming was recorded. Returning back to our studio the audio recordings were imported in to Pro Tools and bounced out in .mp3 .wav format and sent to NGX Interactive producers for mixing via file share. The recordings are going to be used in the new interactive museum at Fort Walsh, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan. The museum is currently being built.