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International news highlights from the world of live sound, recording, broadcast, postproduction and A/V
 

X-Men: Days of Future Past NYC World Premiere

X-Men premiere
Familiar to New York AES Convention regulars, the space and architecture of the Jacob K Javits Convention Center provides a very ‘live’ ambience for reinforced sound. Yet this was the setting for the world launch of the summer blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Using a 75ft-wide screen hung on the hall’s north wall, the showing had to reproduce the film’s bombastic 5.1 surround soundtrack, and live up to its cost (US$200m-plus), cast and billing.

 

SSL Live mates with World Chess Olympiad spectacle

SSL Live at Chess
Requiring the largest use of SSL Live mixing systems to date, the recent World Chess Olympiad was accompanied by a full concert version of the musical, Chess, in Tromsø, Norway The production called on the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, a choir and an ensemble of leading Norwegian musical performers, with three SSL Live consoles for the sound mixes.

Supplied by Bary Sales in Oslo, the FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists, while the third was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems.

 

14-18 Spektakel

14-18 Spektakel
Marking the centenary of World War I, the ambitious 14-18 Spektakel musical is being staged in the Nekkerhal Mechelen in Belgium – once the largest performance space without roof pillars. With the entire 1,800-seat seating block moving along the 130m arena, a multichannel distributed sound system and automated dynamic delay-matrix processing were essential.

With the director requiring soldiers and cavalry to move cinematically towards the audience, while ground and air battles raged around and above their heads, sound designers Mark Luyckx and Guido Olischlager specified a TiMax SoundHub system for the job. The sound design also called for the theatrical equivalent of zooming in for a close-up, to create a more intimate tableau for certain scenes.

 

Moscow State Theatre replaces failed sound system

State Theatre of Nations
Appointed Artistic Director of Moscow’s State Theatre of Nations in 2006, Yevgeny Mironov – an ambitious young star of Russia’s stage and screen – declared the venue ‘a real disaster, the building looked like it had been bombed’.

It was closed for total renovation the following year and reopened in 2012, and has just staged Robert Lepage interpretation of Hamlet with support from its new sound installation.

 

Capital Sound solves Hyde Park sound spill issues

McBusted at Hyde Park
Concerns over sound spill from the Hyde Park festival were further quelled through the use of Martin Audio’s MLA technology at the recent Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival.

Event promoters AEG Live adopted a similar set-up as the last event but with significant enhancements – Capital Sound used MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, but new optimisations gave an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

 

Spice House Sound

Spice House


At age 13, Alex Santilli went from building with Lego to assembling computers. At 16 he began designing loudspeakers. By 19 he was mixing on Pro Tools and restoring analogue consoles. In 2009 a local studio owner hired him to ‘resurrect’ expired gear. He restored the studio’s mixing console and outboard, rewired the studio and began engineering sessions there.

After managing the studio for two years, he was ready to build a studio of his own...

 

Cowboy Rides Away claims live record for George Strait

George Strait
Deposing the Rolling Stones’ 87,500 attendance record at the AT&T Stadium in 1981, George Strait counted almost 105,000 fans at the final show of this his national touring career.

Onstage Systems, which has been rigging sound reinforcement for Strait’s tours since the beginning of his performing days, pulled out all the stops for the final date on the tour with an L-AcousticsS K1/K2 loudspeaker system.

 

Soundtrack to a Tokyo icon

Hachiko Square,
Named in honour of the its statue of the Faithful Dog Hachiko, Shibuya’s Hachiko Square and its pedestrian crossing– reputed to be the busiest in the world – have become one of Tokyo’s most iconic images

The square is bordered by a department store and two train stations, and provides an irresistible advertising space. Recently, professional sound company, Katoya Recording Service (KRS), was commissioned to provide a sound system to support the imposing 24.3m x 17.3m LED screen that overlooks the intersection.

 

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