Australia Day is more than just a holiday; it’s both a day of reflection and socialising for many Australians. The celebrations on Sydney Harbour are some of the most exciting in the country.
This year, we were contracted by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to create the soundtrack for the Australia Day ‘On the Harbour’ event. The soundtrack that included a choir, voiceovers and special effects was played back from on board the HMAS Canberra through large speaker arrays that were focused towards various vantage points around the harbour. The soundtrack was timed to allow for the inclusion of live elements such as a RAAF F18 fly past and a 21 gun salute.
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.
January is a highlight of the festival calendar in Sydney and there's nothing bigger than the events at the Domain. Des O'Neill, our General Manager, tuned and time aligned the Domain sound system for Coda Audio and was on location to mix both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the Sydney Festival and the Opera in the Domain.
Sound simple? Over 70 Meyer Sound loud speakers and 121 microphones made up of Schoeps, Neumann, DPA, AKG and Audio-Technica alone is just a little of what goes into making the Symphony in the Domain sound so special.
Here's a few of our favourite moments.
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.