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Recording in an Airstream


Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio was among the first mobiles ever to hit the road. Armed with a Helios mixing console, Studer and Revox tape machines, and Tannoy monitors it was made yet more newsworthy by the 26-ft Airstream trailer that contained it.

Currently operated by Paul Madden, Lane’s LMS was built by audio engineer Ron Nevison in 1972. It is no longer completely unique, however, as NYC’s Lower East Side Girls Club has brought a 1958 Airstream trailer into its WGRL Internet Radio Station & Recording Arts Program.

L'Auditori de Barcelona

L’Auditori de Barcelona has broadened its horizons from classical exclusivity to embrace other music – even pop. And it’s no casual move for a venue that is home to the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. L’Auditori was also the first concert venue in Spain to join the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) in 2007, a matter of pride for a venue only open since 1999.

New styles of music exposed shortcomings in the sound system, however: ‘We already had a point source solution, and some delays due to the long size of the auditorium,’ says Head of Sound, Toni Vila. ‘Yet for international artists, this system was far away from actual rider expectations and could not provide the proximity effect audiences expect in such type of shows.’

The Oldest Boy


Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy tells the story of Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman and a Tibetan man who is the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher.

Designing the sound and the audio system to deliver it at its Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E Newhouse Theater 3 premiere posed its own challenges to Sound Designer Darron L West and New Jersey-based theatrical sound specialist Masque Sound. The first was the design of the stage itself...

Yamaha AFC3 solves Riksteatret acoustic


Staging shows in 70 venues around Norway – to ensure that nobody has to travel for more than an hour to one of its productions – Norway’s national touring theatre develops and previews its productions in two venues at the Nydalen complex in Oslo.

Established in 1949, Riksteatret has its headquarters is in Oslo’s Nydalen district where the 300-seat Store Gull (Large Gold) and 120-seat Lille Gull (Little Gold) theatres host these productions. Formerly a television studio, Store Gull has a very dry acoustic response, the reverb time being as little as 0.56s – uncomfortable for both actors and audiences...

The Girl from Nagasaki


Retelling Madama Butterfly for his directorial debut, celebrated photographer Michel Comte fared well at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with The Girl from Nagasaki. Telling the story of romance and loss through a Nagasaki survivor married to an American astronaut, the feature-length film won plaudits both for its visual style and structure and the work of sound designer Maurizio Argentieri.

The project pushed Argentieri’s skills and the capabilities of his DPA microphones to the limit.

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Case Study: Canberra Airport

Canbrerra AirportAirVolution is the largest private sector investment in Canberra’s history – a massive $480m redevelopment of the city’s airport that has won it the accolade of Australia’s Airport of the Year.

Part of the project is an innovative A/V installation from Rutledge AV that uses the best of Tannoy’s digital beam steering technology that covers the airports 55,000-sq-m, providing announcement and emergency services.

 

The Sound of Story

Sound of Story

Already resigned to its role of ‘poor relation’ to video and film, sound has recently seen new terminology further challenge its dignity. Locked film reels are increasingly being replaced with ones that are ‘soft locked’ or ‘parked’, giving the sound team a moving target.

A recent conference on sound for picture saw a series of high-profile speakers turning this to their advantage, among other insights, however…

 

Case Study: Question de Son

Question de Son

Recreating the vibe of classic recording studios of the 1970s posed both acoustic and monitoring challenges for Question de Son studio owners Jordan Kouby and Frederic Vectol.

‘Many recording studios are trying to face the record industry crisis by simplifying their installations – gear, maintenance, less investment, essentially in-the-box mixing. At Question de Son, we resolutely try to go the other way.’

 

Hrafn: Conversations With Odin

HrafnFor his latest project, pioneering sound recordist and sonic sculptor Chris Watson turned his attention to the seldom-heard phenomenon of ravens gathering to roost, creating a unique audio experience deep in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest.

Led by a guide sharing ancient raven lore, the audience entered the deepest part of the wood where, with darkness falling, the air suddenly filled with the sound of two thousand birds arriving in the canopy overhead...

 

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