Sounds & Motion worked with our client Imagination to deliver an underwater experience as the centrepiece of Woodside’s LNG18 exhibition stand in April 2016. Woodside’s goal was to draw attendees to their stand by building intrigue to then showcase its environmental research, which has been conducted during their underwater explorations.
The vision was to be projected on to a 180° screen and Imagination turned to us to create a spatial soundscape to truly immerse and captivate each visitor.
Woodside’s presence was a standout amongst the exhibitors at LNG18 exhibition, the client was extremely happy and audiences wowed by the innovative delivery of content.
“Des, Nick and Felix – what a team! The soundscape is amazing and you guys have really delivered, well done and thank you.” Chelline Nel Producer, Imagination
Sounds & Motion’s role on this project was to design an original soundscape, create the spatial audio mix, speaker design and layout, deployment of Barco’s IOSONO Core Audio processor and on site sound support. We worked with our client Imagination, and alongside Proj-X Design who designed and built the stand.
This month we travelled to Shanghai to collaborate with Full Dimension Multimedia and Barco to deliver an immersive sound experience for audiences attending Shanghai’s North Bund Opera week.
This outdoor concert series was staged at North Bund on the banks of the Huangpu River and comprised of three concerts.
The first concert was a production of La Traviata directed by Marco Carniti and conducted by Xu Zhong, the second, a Gala Symphony concert, conducted by Xu Zhong, the third a Gala Concert - Excerpts from Opera, conducted by Xu Zhong and Sergio Alapont, and featured Soprano, Daniela Schillaci, Mezzo-soprano, Elena Belfiore, Tenor, Emanuele D’Aguanno and Baritone, Piero Terranova.
The speaker system consisted of 11-line array stacks and out fill arrays for the main PA and over 250 speakers configured and rigged above the audience area. The entire system was driven by Barco’s IOSONO CORE processor and delivered a truly immersive listening experience for the audience.
Thanks to event producers Full Dimension Multimedia and Barco for what turned out to be a great collaboration.
In an Australian first, Rizer, a dynamic event production company based in Sydney, engaged Sounds & Motion to deliver an immersive 3D soundscape for News Corp Australia’s ‘Come Together 2015’. The annual event used to announce their major commercial initiatives for the year ahead to their clients, partners, media and creative agencies.
Held at Stage 7 at Fox Studios Australia, on 30 July, 800 people were treated to an a unique multi-sensory experience, reflective of News Corp’s focus on innovation and multi platform delivery of content.
Sounds & Motion created and delivered the immersive sound experience for the event. The music was composed by renowned Australian music producer Paul Mac and the orchestral arrangements were created by George Ellis, conductor and musical director. We then custom made the sound design to compliment the musical score and integrate with the special graphics animation and video content. The result was an exciting sound experience that completely immersed the audience, drawing them into and making them part of their surrounds.
In addition to the sound design, Sounds & Motion was integral to Rizer’s event production. Managing the audio components included pre-recording the orchestra, mixing all sound elements in IOSONO’s Spatial Audio Workstation, providing all audio personnel, sound system design and installation. The event speaker system consisted of 44 individual speaker channels, each individually addressed by the IOSONO Processor.
Sydney, March, 2015. The future of professional sound has arrived in Australia with Barco’s IOSONO branded professional sound system, distributed by Sounds & Motion. Developed in Germany by global technology company Barco, the innovative sound platform creates an immersive listening environment and can be used for live events, permanent installations, experiential activations, showrooms, theme parks and any other venue where adding an engaging soundscape to complement Barco’s award winning visual display technologies are required.
Des O’Neill, General Manager, Sounds & Motion said: “As visual technology has rapidly advanced in recent years, audiences viewing demands have increased and IOSONO will similarly revolutionize expectations of the quality of the soundscape. The introduction of immersive sound technology of this calibre into our market is an Australian first - Sounds & Motion's mantra is to deliver innovative audio solutions for any media production and we’re convinced that Barco’s IOSONO branded pro audio technology and products offer the best results.
“Immersive and engaging sound is no longer just a future trend but fully available and accessible for use at experiential activations, installations and events. Internationally the technology is being used for a range of innovate new projects such as Saudi Arabia’s soon to be launched Virtual Reality Science Center to the Björk exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and there is a great opportunity for this technology to deliver truly immersive soundscapes that set our Australian clients apart,” said O’Neill.
"Local distribution partners are important for us to establish Barco’s IOSONO branded products internationally and provide the best service possible to our clients. Sounds & Motion has a strong experience in professional audio and we're looking forward to working on new projects in Australia together with them," says Olaf Stepputat, Director Audio Solutions at Barco.
Together with Barco's Professional Audio team, Sounds & Motion has created a sound lab at Sounds & Motion's studios in North Sydney. The core of Barco’s pro audio sound system is the IOSONO CORE audio processor, which manages all loudspeakers channels. Barco’s pro audio technology allows the playback of dimentionalised audio and additionally supports conventional formats. The IOSONO CORE can adapt to any size venue or speaker arrangement and is ideal for sound systems in event and themed entertainment applications creating high quality soundscapes.
IOSONO has been successfully used on several projects in Australia, including productions at Sydney Opera House and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
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Sounds and Motion recently worked with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to deliver a true innovation in sound.
The sci-fi thriller The Matrix was projected live on the big screen with Don Davis's score played by the orchestra in the Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall. Using IOSONO's spatial audio processor we created an immersive sound experience for the movie's sound effects and dialogue - which made the audience feel like they were truly in the movie with sound moving around them! This was the second time the SSO has used IOSONO, the first being their Classical and Spectacular concert in June.
"In my role as consultant and engineer for the SSO’s amplified concerts within the Sydney Opera House, we’ve been working to make the sound from the live elements of these concerts feel in natural balance with the orchestra. As the leading 3D audio solution for live events IOSONO was chosen for The Matrix Live as we felt the sci-fi nature of the the film’s content would really lend itself to immersive sound" said Des O'Neill.
3D audio is an emerging and innovative sound platform that is making waves around the world for the truly immersive experience it delivers to audiences.
Here we take a look at some of the events IOSONO has been integral in creating with it’s global partners.
Sounds & Motion has recently established an exclusive partnership with IOSONO to deliver 3D audio for the Australian market.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, 2013
40,000 people saw the open air production of Bizet's "Carmen" set against the splendid backdrop of Sydney Harbour.
Our 3D Sound lab is coming along nicely. Here we are selecting the speakers and building the test environment.
We're excited to have recently attended a 2-day workshop on 3D and immersive sound in Germany with IOSONO.
Through various presentations and show cases, the IOSONO team demonstrated how you can turn a live-event into an unforgettable experience by creating captivating and engulfing sound environments that transport moods and messages with sound.
Interesting user stories ranged from award-winning Fresenius’ centennial celebration in Frankfurt to Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Sounds & Motion created an immersive soundscape for the launch of the new HTC One phone at the Carriageworks in April 2012. The event was packed with hundreds of people eager to try out the latest devices. A giant screen was erected to display commercials and video footage aimed at the audience.
The services of Sounds & Motion were engaged to design sound for the event and to help bring the video material to life on the massive screen. This involved using complex surround sound to truly bring out a 3D effect. The screen was so wide that columns of speakers had to be dotted along the sides and back of the screen to give proper audio coverage.
The design meant the audience was able to stand in front of the screen and be immersed in a truly surround sound experience as they watched the commercials play on the screen. A key moment was the shot of a skier coming down a snowy slope. This was enhanced with an audio effect of snow and wind creating the illusion that the skier was in fact going to emerge from the screen. This really wowed the audience!
The project was immensely successful and at the forefront of audio technology. Delight was seen and expressed by the audience throughout.