The audio show control delay matrix has been deployed for an Eton College production of Joseph K – a play based around a key protagonist of three Franz Kafka novels, including The Trial.
The ambitious, sound effect-heavy production in Eton’s Farrer Theatre called for a sophisticated immersive soundscape. To assist the students in finding a way through the elaborate soundtrack, Eton’s theatre tutor and production manager for the show, Matt Evered, contacted sound designer Rick Sarson, who specified TiMax.
“There were several reasons for wanting to use TiMax,” said Sarson. “It is by far and away the coolest sound toy ever and is the only product that utilises the Haas effect to broaden the soundfield to cover the majority of the audience with moving sound effects. It is one of the very few ways of triggering multi-channel moving sounds and, once set up, it is amazingly simple to use.”
The rigorous rehearsal schedule meant that it needed to be possible for one of the teenage students to operate the system. “Fortunately, TiMax SoundHub allows it to be that simple, so I assembled all the sound effects beforehand and did re-edits on the day of the first show.”
Simon Dormandy, play director and head of theatre studies at Eton College, added: “TiMax enabled us to create with our students a soundworld infinitely more rich and complex than we’d ever attempted before, and set it up in a way that the students could easily operate. It transformed the production.”