This September sees the launch of Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH), a new cultural venue in Dalston in the heart of East London. This multifaceted project, which has initiatives to serve the local community at its heart, will feature the first permanent installation of L-Acoustics‘ L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology in a European live music venue.
The restoration and redesign of the art deco cinema, laid derelict for 40 years, is a project that has been brought to life by the team behind Village Underground, the Shoreditch venue founded by Auro Foxcroft and known for its commitment to experimental and innovative performance and art. Built on the belief that art brings change, progress and transformation, EartH will be curated to span art forms and a multitude of genres and voices encompassing an international live music program, performance art, special talks and debates, comedy, and film.
EartH is partly funded through the social investment community in support of the project’s ambitious arts and social impact work to serve the local community, giving space, resources and new opportunities, particularly to young people in Hackney. EartH is a multi-functional venue made up of three main areas: the Theatre that gives a huge sense of scale, a separate Concert Hall, and a vibrant new restaurant and social space.
It is in the theatre that the L-ISA system has been installed to offer audiences enhanced clarity, more natural sound, and a wider sound panorama.
The L-ISA setup comprises a frontal system of five hangs of seven Kara flown equidistantly across the front of the stage, with a central sub system of four KS28 flown in an end-fire configuration in front and above the central Kara hang. Positioned along the stage lip, ten X8 provide front fill. The surround system is provided by 12 Syva, four per side, mounted along the left, right, and rear walls of the theatre. Completing the setup is an overhead system of eight X8 hung from the auditorium ceiling.
EartH’s concert hall also benefits from traditional left/right flown arrays of four Kara topped with an SB18 on each side and four central ground-stacked KS28 subwoofers, with four ARCS Wide as delays.
“Auro clearly demonstrated a passion for quality production from our first encounter. Pair that with the diverse programming he has planned, and L-ISA seems a perfect match to raise the experiential value at EartH,” expresses Paul McMullan, regional sales manager at L-Acoustics. “The EartH sound installation, unique in the UK, will also serve as a showcase for L-Acoustics to demonstrate the innovative new L-ISA technology to the industry.”
“We’re very excited to be working with L-Acoustics on this installation of their groundbreaking L-ISA technology,” adds Foxcroft. “The philosophy behind EartH has a focus on presenting some of the best artistic talent and experiences that can make us think twice and leave us inspired. L-ISA brings an incredible audio dimension to support these performances with its signature Immersive Hyperreal Sound. It opens a whole new side to live performance and we can’t wait to work with artists to develop their L-ISA shows. It really is evolutionary.”