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Point Source Audio Selected For Chinese Opera “Paradise Interrupted”

SERIES8 lavaliers chosen to support elaborate opera utilizing sound recognition software, set to open at the Lincoln Center Festival.

By PSW Staff July 12, 2016

Soprano Qian Yi wears Point Source mics (Credit: Spoleto Festival, USA)

Point Source Audio (PSA) announces that its SERIES8 lavaliers will be on center stage of visual artist and Emmy winner Jennifer Wen Ma’s Chinese opera Paradise Interrupted set to open at the Lincoln Center Festival, July 13, 2016.

In a dream, a woman meets her lover and searches for an unattainable ideal as a vast garden grows from an empty stage, only to disappear as her dream ends. This highly ambitious East meets West opera requires the central character—the talented and noted Chinese opera singer Qian Yi—to wear two Point Source Audio microphones to project her voice both vocally and visually.

Sound designer Lew Mead of Autograph A2D, together with Creative Technology director Guillermo Acevedo and his sound recognition software, created the visual magic using the opera singer’s breath to express her mood via light and movement to fill the stage. The distinctive characteristics of her every breath means no two performances are ever alike. Acevedo reports that it took about three years to customize the sound recognition software in order to teach a computer to recognize emotion.

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