Meyer Sound has announced a partnership with the Roskilde Festival in Demark which will see it deploy sound reinforcement systems for all stages at the 2018 event.
The manufacturer will also assist in training the festival’s own technical staff in audio system design, configuration and optimisation.
The partners also outlined ambitious proposals for audience education and interactive participation, as well as the formation of a new Roskilde Festival Academy for high-level training throughout the year.
The agreement proposes a three-level program of training and education that involves both festival staff and future audiences. First, the festival will hire and train its own technical staff for designing, deploying, and optimising all festival audio systems. Second, it will work with Meyer Sound to educate audiences in sound technology, and to involve audiences in participatory sonic experiences using proprietary Meyer Sound technologies such as Constellation active acoustics and Space Map three-dimensional panning. The third level will focus on developing the competencies of up-and-coming engineers through a close mentoring and education program.
“We feel honoured that the Roskilde Festival reached out to us for a collaboration that is absolutely unique in our industry,” said Meyer Sound executive vice president Helen Meyer. “Certainly we will offer our extensive technical resources to ensure optimum sound quality at every stage, and at the same time the festival will give us a full-scale field laboratory for new product development and evaluation of audience response.”
The festival will give us a full-scale field laboratory for new product development and evaluation of audience response.”
The education components of the partnership will be under the direction of Roskilde Festival Academy project manager Morten Büchert, who also serves as a faculty member at Denmark’s Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen.
“Greater understanding of sound leads to even greater musical enjoyment, and we are looking at ways to educate festival goers in the basics of audio science,” said Roskilde head of production Bertel Baagøe. “With the launch of Roskilde Festival Academy, we will bring in Meyer Sound’s leading specialists, and together we will to offer advanced training to audio professionals throughout the year.”
Meyer Sound systems were deployed at five out of nine stages for this year's festival. From 2018, Roskilde's Meyer Sound systems will be solely supplied by Bright Group, a Nordic provider of audio, video, lighting and staging services.
You can find out more about the new partnership in the video below: