LA Phil creates orchestral experience with L-ISA
Friday, 31 May 2019
la-philThe production features giant screen projection and an epic soundscape
South Korea - At a recent a stadium show in Seoul, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra took the music of celebrated composer John Williams to new level, incorporating giant screen projection and an epic soundscape provided by L-Acoustics L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (aka 'LA Phil'), led by music & artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, has been celebrating its 100th year with the 2018/19 LA Phil 100 centennial programme. The season includes runs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the free Celebrate LA open-air festival, and a global tour that includes seven residencies in seven cities, and performances on three continents.
That journey started with LA Phil's 2019 Spring tour of Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, and included a landmark performance of film music by John Williams in the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena (KSPO Dome). The show included motion picture montages projected onto giant screens, and an immersive soundscape thanks to L-ISA.
Grammy Award-winning sound designer, mixer, and LA Phil regular, Fred Vogler, specified the system, which was supplied and set up by local L-Acoustics partner, Seoul Sound.
System design specifics fell to L-Acoustics specialists Alvin Koh (head of application, Asia) and Carlos Mosquera (application engineer, L-ISA). Both realised that the acoustics of the KSPO Dome would present challenges, but accurate modelling of the venue in L-Acoustics Soundvision software using the L-ISA Tools feature pack helped build the best-fit solution.
“In addition to coverage, some great evaluation features have been added to Soundvision for elements relevant to perception, such as hyperrealism and immersion - all important for an impactful, certified L-ISA experience,” notes Koh.
The final setup consisted of seven Kara arrays of 15 elements each for the main L-ISA Scene system above the stage, extended by two additional 12-element Kara arrays, along with two ten-element K2 out-fill arrays to cover audience areas outside the main L-ISA zone. For subs, the team flew two arrays of six KS28 arranged in an end-fire configuration, located just above the centre Kara scene array.
Doo Soo Park is the team leader at Seoul Sound: “This venue was designed for use as an athletics facility, not a music venue,” he explains. “With a traditional LR system it is very hard to achieve linear sound pressure levels and frequency response from front to back. However, L-ISA technology solved that.”
The FOH mix for the Seoul event used L-ISA object-based positioning to emphasize the location of instruments in the orchestra and, according to Volger, this did much to enhance the connection between the orchestra and the audience.
“The conductor and the orchestra were extremely complimentary about the arena experience with L-ISA,” he says. “Many members told me they felt like rock stars. They all felt the difference on stage. It gave them a lot of good energy back from the audience and many players asked me if we are planning to use L-ISA at the Hollywood Bowl, the summer home for the orchestra. I told them that we are working on it!”
(Jim Evans)

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