Arrangement of compositions
The City Frequencies team relocated to the Tower Room
at the CUB Malthouse Theatre, Southbank to run the 6.1 system for the first time within a room with dimensions that closely matched those of Kent Street Cafe. Three days and nights were spent on the arrangements
and separation of audio to specific speakers. Twenty compositions were selected as suitable for the installation. The fish tank
makes its first appearance.
Final arrangement of compostions locked in
Relocated to the main hall
of the Angliss Neighbourhood House, Footscray for the final arrangement to be decided upon. The structure of the installation as a whole was the main concern here with important elements such as emotion, narrative and tempo being of prime importance. 140 tracks of audio prepared for mixdown. The fish tank
Mixing to 6.1
Finally back in the City Frequencies studio, the monster task of mixing
takes place. 140 tracks mixed down to 70. These 70 tracks mixed down to 14 and then to the installation ready 7 tracks of audio for 6.1 surround playback. Minor adjustments were made to the levels of several of the speaker pairs but on the whole the mixdown was flawless. Total render time was about 3 hours.
The orientation of speakers to be used in the Kent St installation will take advantage of the layout of the cafe - Front Left and Front Right at the entry doors, Centre Left and Centre Right at the top of the internal stairs, Rear Left and Rear Right at the bar end of the room. The LFE, or SubBass will be located at the foot of the stairs alongside the Sound Operator computer. A second computer will plug into the in-house projector and display the Cafe Voyeur wallpaper during the performance and will also be used to project the Visual Thesaurus word maps pre and post performance.