L-Acoustics has been named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2020, which identifies the businesses that the publication believes are making the most impact on both industry and culture. The list this year included 434 businesses from 39 countries.
“It’s a privilege to be recognized by Fast Company as a leading global innovator,” says L-Acoustics CEO Laurent Vaissié. “Our founder, Dr. Christian Heil, introduced the V-DOSC line source array system in the early ’90s. This invention spun a new era for the loudspeaker industry, today resulting in nearly 100 percent adoption of line array technology by top tours, venues, and festivals worldwide.”
L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology was introduced in 2016, and since then, the company states, 12 million spectators have attended more than 8.000 performances in L-ISA. High-profile deployments of the technology have included Aerosmith’s ongoing Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater at Park MGM, as well as Lady Gaga’s Enigma and Jazz & Piano residencies in the same venue.
The North American concert sound market has experienced a rapid rise in L-ISA productions, including the following tours: Bon Iver (Autumn), Mark Knopfler (Down The Road Wherever), Lorde (Melodrama), Childish Gambino (This Is America), and Blue Man Group (Speechless). The reach of L-ISA has also extended to include installations at various experiential venues (NYC’s ARTECHOUSE and SPYSCAPE), theatrical productions (L.A.’s CAGES, Miami’s Sleeping Beauty Dreams, and NYC’s Broadway Bounty Hunter), houses of worship (Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church of God), and corporate events (Dreamforce, and others), among other applications.
“At a time of increasing global volatility, this year’s list showcases the resilience and optimism of businesses across the world. These companies are applying creativity to solve challenges within their industries and far beyond,” says Fast Company senior editor Amy Farley, who oversaw the issue with deputy editor David Lidsky.
Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2020) is available online here.