Fine Art Museums of San Francisco – Voices:FAMSF



The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco came to Earprint with a unique challenge: create audio-based mobile interpretation for two under-interpreted outdoor areas that re-defines the traditional museum audio tour.

Earprint's unique solution is Voices:FAMSF a mobile immersive soundscape app  that interprets outdoor sculptures and museum architecture at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor by utilizing GPS location detection. The soundscape weaves multiple voices into an evocative musical soundtrack.  Museum visitors are encouraged to co-create content along with museum experts.

This collaboration between Earprint and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is built on artist Halsey Burgund's open-source Roundware platform. It offers a new kind of immersive, participatory visitor experience.

The innovative app for the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor is currently in public beta for iPhone, and the Android version is in development. It encourages visitors to interact directly with sculptures and the surrounding environment while learning about the art.

App users can choose “Listen” to hear commentary from either museum curators or community members – or a mix of the two.  Comments automatically play based on the visitor’s GPS location. 

In Listen mode, visitors hear a soundscape of comments recorded by museum curators and members of the community.

Speak mode lets visitors record their own views of the artwork.

The app also includes a guide to all the sculptures in the gardens.

Download the app, then take a stroll through the outdoor sculptures at the de Young or the Legion. You may be surprised by not only what you hear, but how much more you see.