Building upon the success of the shows this last March, we're currently planning a new round of shows touring the state of Wisconsin! We had such a positive outpouring of support for our mission, it was truly inspiring! It's great to see so many people who are committed to making a difference in kids' lives by giving them opportunities in music and the arts. We will be actively recruiting kids from local communities where we perform in our shows. We'll be looking for stagehands, dancers and actors to perform with us. Please stay tuned, there will be much more info to come as we work through the next stage of Tear Down The Wall! Please contact us for volunteer opportunities!
When we started this project last September, I knew that we were climbing a huge mountain. I just didn't realize how huge! All along the way, we've found challenge after challenge - whether it's how to recreate the "other world" screams and groans of the original soundtrack, arranging the massive amount of keyboard work and dividing it for two players, or learning the "feel" of these songs, it's been challenging for all of us.
One of the most challenging parts of this project is something that most people will never realize - the technical backbone of the show. Issues like generating massive amounts of video with edge-blending, warping and stretching, beating video projectors' aspect ratios into submission while throwing 1080p HD video at them. Recreating the legendary lighting of the iconic Pink Floyd tours and of course the audio production with full surround capabilities and low-frequency output to 10Hz has been daunting. We've automated the show with MIDI control and program change to provide patch switching and control of every musician's rig as well as synchronization between control, video and staging. The picture that you see here is the musicians' monitor rig as it stands currently. 32 inputs available to each musician to mix on their iPhone or Android. Nine full stereo in-ear mixes with dedicated dynamics, effects and EQ per mix without a monitor engineer. : ) Issues like physically constructing a wall synchronized with the music and then knocking it down without hurting someone are tasks that our cast of engineers are still working out.
All in all, figuring out how to produce this show while maintaining the integrity of the original has been really challenging - and fun! We're proud to have kids involved both behind the scenes and on-stage. They will have opportunities to see and learn concepts about technical production and performance that otherwise would not be available to them. That's what this is all about - passing it on.
If you're curious about more specifics regarding the gear and how and why, please let me know in the comments. If there's more interest, I'll go into more detail. I hope you have your tickets for the show! If not, get them here!
Wishing you the best,
It's possible that many of us don't understand the value of Arts Education in our children's lives. There has been much research done regarding the impact of the arts on the cognitive abilities of developing children.
There's more than enough evidence to support the fact that we need to emphasize the Arts in our schools rather than make it the "sacrificial lamb" by allowing budget dollars to be taken away and student's time to be monopolized by standardized testing and all of the preparation that this testing requires.
Innovation drives the economy, creativity drives innovation, creativity is born through participation in the Arts.
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