In summer 2013, at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, keyboardist and jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock rolled out a concept he has been fascinated with for over 20 years. Using a multichannel surround system from Meyer Sound, Hancock brought the surround sound of movie theatres to a one-of-a-kind live concert experience that cannot be heard elsewhere.
To realize Hancock’s vision, Meyer Sound set up a system with 45 loudspeakers and 28 channels. The heart of the system was the SpaceMap® multichannel surround panning technology, which allowed Hancock to pan sounds around the 800-seat concert hall in real time, controlling movement via a touch-screen tablet.
Watch Hancock and Jason Rauhoff, senior digital audio products specialist for Meyer Sound, discuss the artist’s vision of surround sound in a concert setting and the technology that helped bring it to life.
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Herbie Hancock talks about how Bob influenced his life and how his work has influenced the greater worlds of music, science and creativity. Bob Moog’s legacy is carried forward by the Bob Moog Foundation.
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Laura Escudé is right at the sharp the edge of current music technology and controllerism, putting it to use on some of the largest stages – she’s just finished up the UK leg of the Kanye West and Jay-Z Watch The Throne tour where she’s been behind the scenes running Ableton Live for the music, backing tracks and live vocal effects that she designed into the production.
Being one of the first certified trainers for Ableton Live, she’s known for inventive programming and integration of Live into some major touring shows. Doors have opened for her combination of skills as a talented violinist and hardcore programmer, working with Kanye West, Bon Ivor, Herbie Hancock and Garbage as recent and repeat clients.
Laura also release and produces under her own right, when she came to our new studios in Bath, she performed a couple of tunes for us live in between chatting to Gaz Williams about her work and technology.
Laura’s latest solo project is ∆lluxe in which she embraces new electronic hip hop together with some full-on 80′s fashion.
n this video Herbie Hancock talks about the Arturia Origin desktop synthesizer module. The Origin is a hardware DSP system that houses several synthesizers in one machine. Some of these synths come from the past, such as the Minimoog, some are totally new and innovative. Loaded with modules extracted from the best synthesizers of all time, Origin lets you combine these modules and take advantage of the additional possibilities put onboard. The result: a new type of sound accessible through an extremely intuitive interface.
The video has some awesome footage of Peter Grabriel and company recording found sound and manipulating sound from the Farilight. He also discusses the use of non-lyrical human voice in music.
And here is one with maestro Herbie Hancock in action:
Herbie shows off while Quincy Jones looks on. Taken from VHS recording of 1984 documentary “I love Quincy” http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sif…