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The Warehouse Provides Diverse Sound Solutions for Edinburgh International Festival
UK – The Warehouse Sound Services helped this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) achieve high end sound across the summer season after designing, installing and engineering the sound for over 30 different shows across the festival. The Warehouse Sound Services, once again ensured the festival’s various sound reinforcement requirements were comprehensively covered.
Over 500 loudspeakers, 20 digital mixing desks and 100 radio microphones were used to provide stunning sound on a range of high profile shows. The Warehouse provided a range of diverse audio solutions for the spectacular opening and closing shows at the EIF as well as a diverse range of shows across the Festival’s calendar from 5th - 29th August 2016.
As a lead partner supplier to the EIF, the company provided the audio solutions for Alan Cumming’s residency at The Hub, Sigur Ros at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret at the Usher Hall, Young Fathers at the Hub, the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens and many more. The team also managed the BBC’s broadcasting requirements providing sound solutions for shows including BBC Breakfast and The One Show.
For over three decades The Warehouse has designed, installed and engineered audio solutions for the festival’s broad programme of events. This year, working closely with EIF’s head of sound, Tom Zwitserlood, and head of technical, John Robb, the team provided systems for many live and spoken word performances and live broadcasts at venues including The Playhouse, The Usher Hall, The Lyceum, Festival Theatres and the new BBC Hub at George Heriot's School.
Some standout shows in 2016 included:
The Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time, took place on Sunday 7th August and transported festival-goers through 350 million years of Edinburgh’s history and showcased Edinburgh’s iconic Castle.
This epic, outdoor, public artwork event formed the dazzling opening to 2016’s festival season, created by Tony award-winning 59 Productions, creators of the acclaimed The Harmonium Project that launched the International Festival 2015.
Blending trailblazing technology, narrative drama and emotional storytelling, Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time celebrated the wonders and beauties of the natural, the geological and the man-made, exploring the very foundations of Edinburgh itself.
The event required a complex an immersive sound to help the audience feel part of the event.
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse, said: “The team of sound designers and engineers had to create 360-degree, three dimensional sound that created a multi-sensory effect to match the spectacular visuals.
“Our challenge was to produce a pure and dynamic sound in a challenging outdoor environment and maximise the emotion of Mogwai’s score.
“We achieved this by utilising a variety of d&b loudspeakers distributed across the audience listening area.”
The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert – Edinburgh Castle was set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Castle, this spectacular event brought together stirring orchestral music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and magnificent pyrotechnics, specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision. Around a quarter of a million people gathered across the city and beyond to share in this annual grand festival season finale.
Derek Blair commented: “Our role was to enhance the amazing visual experience with spectacular sound. We have traditionally used d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker systems exclusively on this show for the last ten years to great effect, however technology moves on and this year we showcased a more advanced loudspeaker systems.
“For the concert we used the Adamson S10 line array. Increased vertical coverage (10°) enables the S10 to cover outdoor events with great sound quality. The system is much more compact, easier to fly, higher sound pressure levels and more controlled dispersion.”
Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs – The Hub: for three weeks of Scotland’s best-loved artists, the incomparable Alan Cumming took up residence in The Hub for the month of August, where he dispensed seductive songs and intimate stories nightly. Alan transformed the International Festival HQ for a hedonistic late-night cabaret mix of ballads and torch songs old and new, from the intimate to the sassy.
The Warehouse provided all sound equipment for this show including a Midas Pro1 mixing console, Shure UHF-R radio mics and d&b VP Series loudspeakers.
For BBC at The Hub, The Warehouse provided all specialist communication equipment to the BBC for live broadcasts across TV and Radio including BBC Breakfast and the One Show including Shure radio mic systems for presenters and guests and IEM systems for presenters.
Icelandic post-rock giants Sigur Rós made a rare visit to Scotland with two shows at The Usher Hall. They took over the Edinburgh Playhouse for two special International Festival concerts, revealing brand new unreleased songs and an innovative new staging.
The Warehouse provided sound equipment for gig including d&b V-Series and J-series loudspeakers using Array Processing.
2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers performed at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival at The Hun. The furious, relentless, powerful nature of their performance required an advanced sound set up. The Warehouse provided sound equipment for gig including d&b V-Series.
Australia’s greatest cultural export Barry Humphries performed an evening of music from Germany's Weimar Republic, with Meow Meow, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti. Featuring jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway musical-style numbers, it was a racy, risqué evening. The Warehouse provided all sound equipment including Yamaha CL5 digital mixer, d&b V-Series loudspeakers and Shure UHF-R radio mic systems.
Returning in a new theatrical format that builds on 2015's outdoor extravaganza, The AniMotion Show premiered Peace and War at the Gilded Balloon. Russian artist Maria Rud painted live to original music written and performed by virtuoso flautist David Heath and DJ Dolphin Boy. Maria’s dreamlike painted narratives were projected in real time. As the music shifts from pastoral to demonic, so the intensity of Maria’s brushstrokes and imagery traced a descent from peace to war. Anne Sullivan from The Warehouse provided live sound.
Derek concluded: “ This year the Edinburgh International Festival surpassed all expectations! The Warehouse has had the privilege to work with some truly outstanding performer this year. The opportunity to provide audio solutions to such a diverse range of phenomenal artists was such an honour!”
6th September 2016
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