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DPA Mics Play a Starring Role in Tan Duns Water Passion

Water Passion After Saint Matthew performed at LA?s Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 05, 2005)

Los Angeles premiere of Water Passion After Saint Matthew

Los Angeles premiere of Water Passion After Saint Matthew

Water seized center stage, visually, musically and symbolically at the recent Los Angeles premiere of Water Passion After Saint Matthew, an exotic and visceral piece conducted by Grant Gershon and composed by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun.

Performed recently at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the work was scored for Bass, Soprano, Violin and Cello soloists, in addition to a chorus and three water percussionists who performed on large bowls of water, splashing with their hands and using other devices to draw music from the water itself. Sound designer Jody Elff turned to DPAs 4052 Compact Omni-directional Microphone to capture the dizzying array of musical sounds created by the relentless motion of the water.

?The obvious technical challenge is how to amplify a bowl of splashing water, Elff said. ?At various points in the show, the water is extremely quiet?no more than tiny drips?and yet these sounds are essential to the larger picture. Elff also noted that another, more obvious challenge was to keep the microphones dry enough so that they would not fail during some of the more aggressive passages of the show that involved much more water splashing.

?For this task, the DPA 4052 mic fit the bill perfectly, in part because of its excellent sound reproduction capabilities, in addition to the fact that the mic is well-protected in its capsule and is ?waterproof to a certain degree, Ellf explained. He added that although the mics were not actually submerged in water, they were placed in close-enough proximity to the water bowls to allow water to contact the capsule.

Commending the performance of the DPA 4052, Elff said, ?The output of the mic is very clean even at higher gain settings, allowing the subtleties of the water performance to come through the mix very cleanly.

Moreover, Elff said that compact, omni-directional microphones are extremely popular as A-B stereo pairs in concert halls?such as the Walt Disney?where the beautiful architecture has to go hand-in-hand with quality recordings.

DPA Microphones Inc. president Bruce Myers was excited to be part of Water Passions LA premiere and glad that DPA products could help. ?This was a fascinating and unique concert and Im proud that a DPA product could rise to the occasion, Myers said. ?The 4052 mic is perfect for all types of on-camera and on-stage use where high definition audio is a top priority.

The DPA 4052 is an omni-directional, phantom powered (P48) condenser microphone using the same type of cartridge as the famous 4006, but is pre-amplified using a built-in ultra-small thick-film mounted FET-preamplifier, that enables the cartridge to be mounted on an extremely compact microphone housing. The 4052 microphone has its cable mounted behind the microphone axis for situations where the microphone needs to be suspended from its own cable.

Sponsored by the American Express Company and the National Endowment for the Arts, Water Passion After St.Matthew was commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the 250th Anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach.

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