Sound is a key ingredient of film, able to convey emotion and drama. And it’s especially important in a musical, where the actors need to convey the story as well as their own psychology in song.
The Bang & Olufsen collaboration with the Les Miserables team may go some way to explaining why the film was such a hit.
Les Mis is a fantastic musical and the film is extraordinary, and the honesty of the singing performance has to be down to the fact that they recorded it live on set.
Stephen Metcalfe, head of music at Cameron Mackintosh: “The method of doing live sound recording on the set of Les Miserables. The actors were all fed accompaniment through earpieces, and it meant they could control the flow of their performance. They weren’t locked into a performance that they’d recorded months ago in a studio.”
The aim is to reproduce the sound from the studio in the home. That’s where the relationship with Bang & Olufsen comes in.
“We’re cutting in earlier in the process. We’re actually talking to the guy behind the mixing console who’s doing the mixing with the orchestrator, and finding out if there’s any way we can help, or if there’s any thing we can discuss about the mix itself and how that will benefit us ,” says Bang & Olufsen tonmeister Geoff Martin.
The aim is the best possible experience of sound and music. And working with top sound meisters Bang & Olufsen allows the Universal film music people to know best how that will play out in the home.
Watch the vid to get a glimpse into the sound production on Les Miserables, and click through to find out more about Les Miserable and Bang & Olufsen.
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