Dame Evelyn Glennie Mixes Film Score At Hackenbacker Audio Post

Date: 08/07/2010
Dame Evelyn Glennie Mixes Film Score At Hackenbacker Audio Post

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and composer/producer Ian Dean have collaborated on the score for Golf in the Kingdom, a new feature film directed by Susan Streitfeld and due for release later this year.

The score, described by Streitfield as wonderful and fantastic, was unveiled last week to a specially invited audience at Hackenbacker Audio Post Production in Soho.

Evelyn Glennie and her co-composer and producer Ian Dean have created a unique soundscape that illuminates a mystical and enchanting world in which the game of golf is celebrated as a vibrant, close to supernatural and life-changing experience. 

Recording sessions took place at Evelyns studios in Cambridgeshire where Evelyn and Ian constructed the many intricate layers of percussion that flow throughout the film. After editing, the tracks were mixed in 5.1 at Hackenbacker Audio Post Productions Soho studios by Nigel Heath who, in addition to this project, has recently been in the studio recording experimental tracks with Glennie and Dean at Hackenbackers second recording facility in North West London. By using a series of proprietary techniques Heaths mixes convey the feel and detail of the performances above and beyond the norm for the replay format in question and bring fully to the forefront the sometimes hidden sonic elements that Glennie utilises in her playing.

I have had a long association with Nigel and we chose him to mix the music tracks at Hackenbacker because of his reputation for mixing and for the attention he pays to the musical detail, Ian Dean says. But equally important in our decision to use Hackenbacker was the dedication of all of the entire team there. The preparation of tracks was excellent and we knew we could rely on great technical support.

Instruments featured in the score range from Evelyns collection of full concert marimbas, through vibraphones, gongs, bells, waterphones, drums, clappers and shakers to the tiniest and most intricate of rustling shells, fabrics and leaves. The brief was to create an organic score, listening in a different way, illustrating the alchemy of music and sound, ranging from sounds that begin at the centre of the earth, through musical breathing, musical interpretations of flight, tree roots and all nature ringing inside.

Recording equipment and software selected by Ian Dean included Digital Performer 7, Sonic Solutions SoundBlade and Pro Tools. Main mic array used to record Evelyn Glennies percussion instruments throughout was a modified Faulkner array with Royer 122 ribbons and Schoeps MK4. The resultant tracks were mixed by Nigel Heath using a Neve MMC Digital console with Heath's array of valve equipment also contributing to the sound. The Neve consoles dynamics and eq sections proved invaluable in their contribution to the creation of the mixes which were re-recorded to Pro-Tools at 96Khz 24bit with 48Khz versions delivered to the client.

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Tags: Hackenbacker | Soho | Audio Post Production | Evelyn Glennie | Ian Dean | Nigel Heath | Golf In The Kingdom
Submitted by Sue Sillitoe (White Noise Public Relations Ltd)
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