Amadeus Installs 3D sound system for ‘Xi’an Incident’ re-creation in China

Amadeus sound reinforcement has been used in a 50-speaker installation with ‘3D Sound’ control in China for a live dramatisation of the historical 1938 ‘Xi’an Incident’ – the event thought to have created modern China.

The sound system compliments twenty 30-foot giant ‘soft LED’ screens and performances of 700 actors.The State-run theatre is located in the exact location where the ‘Xi’an Incident’ happened.

Amadeus worked with its distributor, Guangzhou Sign King ET Co., Ltd., Swiss-based company Sonic Emotion, and British manufacturer of digital mixing consoles DiGiCo to design and install the sound setup within the massive new building.

"Amadeus delivered the best solutions, both in terms of products and services, matching the design constraints and goals that the Show Director’ expectations. The audience also expects a lot from a sound system and AVLS combined everything as a whole," said Wymen Wong, of Guangzhou Sign King ET Co., Ltd.

"The setup’s complexity, as well as its artistic dimension, implied dual implications for Amadeus, both material and immaterial, offering a savoir-faire, an expertise, more than just offering well-developed speakers," added Gaetan Byk, marketing manager at Amadeus.

"Amadeus’ legitimacy stems from the prestigious legacy gained in the professional audio world over the last 25 years. Our long list of users includes many of the greatest sound engineers, composers, mixers and producers in France."

Byk explained that Amadeus inlisted the services of the prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot (Chaillot National Theater) which acquired a similar immersive sound system last year.

"We were able to work with Marc Piera, the Theater’s Sound Department Manager," said Byk. "Marc Piera is also a composer, musician and sound engineer, who began working in the entertainment industry in 1982, in ballet, theatre, music, and on various other live performance events."

Piera has completed more than 300 original projects, mainly as a music composer or sound environment designer. Since 2006, he has continued to complete consulting projects involving electro-acoustic multi-diffusion for prestigious French institutions such as Bibliothéque Nationale de France (National Library of France), National Museum of Natural History, Théâtres de la Cartoucherie, and Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, to name a only a few.

"I believe since my beginnings working in live theatre, that inside each sound technician is an electro-acoustic ‘creator’ able to sublimate, reinterpret or magnify a musical project," said Piera.

"These new techniques of diffusion finally offer us the choice, that of building our space, with its depths, its images and its relationship with the scenic elements of the stage. These new sonic techniques allow us to be architects of the sound, sound creators, finally freed from the dictates imposed by the ‘acceptable’ or usual physical positions of the loudspeakers in a theater."

You can watch highlights from the event here: