Access All Areas September 2019 - Page 24

SEPTEMBER | REVIEW Beyond eternity Colin Nightingale fills Access in on his work for Beyond The Road Interactive theatre company Punchdrunk, teamed up with musician James Lavelle (UNKLE) to take over the top floor of Saatchi Gallery. The deeply surreal experience required immersive sound and visuals What sort of kit was used for the audiovisual? There are 64 audio channels and we have 75 speakers installed across the space from our partner d&b audiotechnik. We are also using their DS100 in one of the rooms to create the spatial audio What sort of research took place to achieve the unique look, feel and sound of the event? Stephen, Colin and Salvad or first experimented with the idea of deconstructing a piece of music using the recording stems and then rebuilding across multiple speakers in 2017. This initial experiment led to a focused session in summer 2018 when 30 mins of audio was created in seven days which was then shared with a few select people. This then led to the opportunity to create a fully realised project complete with visual components at Saatchi Gallery. This initial experiment led to a focused session in summer 2018 when 30 mins of audio was created in seven days which was then shared with a few select people. This then led to the opportunity to create a fully realised project complete with visual components at Saatchi Gallery What were the challenges with the build/ execution? There was a short time period on site. The sound design has to be created on situ and so all the set walls and audio system had to be installed in the first five days to then allow two weeks for the audio to be created along with the lighting, projections and artwork to be integrated to create a cohesive experience. How would you describe the event, and what was the inspiration? At its core it is a sound installation and the experiment to deconstruct and rebuild sound dimensionality was the catalyst. Finding new ways to present music is something that James, Stephen and myself are totally aligned on. In Beyond The Road, by also incorporating visual and film work encircles the UNKLE creative universe, we have essentially made a walk-through album experience. Is there a bright future for multi- sensory art exhibits such as this? Definitely. As people become more disconnected from tangible emotional experiences by the technology that is ironically supposed to keep us connected, then we need these types of projects to bring people together to have collective experience. Photograph: Julian Abrams 24 The AV story: Over 400 tracks of audio and sound design where programmed and run on REAPER. They are then bussed to 64 channels on a DANTE network using d&b audiotechnik DS100 as a routing matrix and it’s En-Scene and En- Space software for spatialisation. There are 17 amps and 86 speakers (including 9 subs) from our partners d&b audiotechnik installed the space as well as old phones and a TV. These have been hacked in to use their speakers and using DANTE AVIO converters that translates the DANTE signal to analogue. Reaper transmits timecode to QLab 4 software to trigger video and Lighting on GrandMA2 On PC Wing c/w NPU (supplied by Static Light Company) The Lighting was programmed on a Grand MA2 Light console and the following equipment is installed across the space: • 54 x Martin Mac Aura XB • 4 x SGM Q-7 RGBW • 13 x ETC Source 4 Mini • 2 x Chauvet Ovation Min-E • 6 x Le Maitre MVS Hazer • (All supplied by Static Light Company) • 22 x Astera Titan Tube (Supplied by Flare Lighting) All film content is on Brightsign HD224 Media Players and we are also using 4 x Epson EB-L1755U WUXGA Laser 3LCD Projectors along with 1x Epson EB-L1755U 15000LM WUXGA Laser 3LCD projector for the Doug Foster piece 'Sanctuary' which can be found in a church structure we built within the gallery. All these projectors have been supplied by Creative Technology Ltd. The artist Tupac Martir is using HYPERVSN 3D Holographic Displays to create his piece Eriya which is hidden within the experience for audiences to discover.