We recently put on (Pulitzer finalist!) Death and the Powers in Dallas, TX and broadcast the last show to 9 venues in the US and continental Europe. We created a relatively complex broadcast performance system which connected to people’s phones as well. I also mixed the performances. The audio system required careful thought— we added
We’re seeing a rapid blurring of studio and stage production techniques. Five years ago, going on tour meant racks of analog outboard gear. It wasn’t easy to take studio toys– they’re often too delicate to make it through a load-in.
A small sound design and show control experiment in quad, using a playing card with transducer on fitted the back, a strobe light, a par can and some RP. Reaper sequenced the whole thing sending MIDI to control the lighting and 5 channels of sound. There’s a bit more information on the project in the
We had some fun combining techniques used on pop and R&B albums with spectral re-synthesis to try and emulate top 40 style production and synths, starting from only voices.
Sleep No More is an awesome show running in New York (you should go!) It’s a 3 hour long immersive experience based on Macbeth and influenced by Film Noir, created by the genius theater group, Punchdrunk.
Death and the Powers was a project commissioned for Prince Albert of Monaco. We designed and built a fully integrated sound, video and robotics system for the performance. There’s a huge amount of information on this project at bot23.com, operaofthefuture.wordpress.com, and powers.media.mit.edu.
In 2010 we went to England as artists-in-residence! As part of the project we did a 20-channel ambisonics system and a TEDx event.