New York, NY (November 12, 2013)—At the recent AES Convention, surround recording engineer Michael Bishop gave a lunchtime keynote discussing his recording of John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls. Its premiere recording received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, and Best Classical Contemporary Composition and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.
Bishop played the work in its entirety and explained his production process. "Sanken CO-100K mics were my choice as the main orchestra pickup because I needed a microphone that would have great reach into the orchestra while also capturing the proper top-to-bottom tonal balance,” he said. “I needed a mic that could reveal very fine inner detail and color of the orchestra, yet hold up to the huge crescendos presented."
On the Transmigration of Souls is an award-winning work for orchestra, chorus, children's choir, and pre-recorded tape. It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's Great Performers, and Adams received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in music for the piece.
"This is an incredibly dynamic and varied composition. Full of fine detail, great impact and ever-changing color of sound within the orchestra and chorus. When setting the mics for a big composition such as this, I go for the 'big picture' on-stage and leave the control of inner balances of the orchestra to the conductor and musicians," said Bishop.
"I expect every nuance to remain intact even when the orchestra is roaring full-throttle," added Bishop. "The CO-100K is the obvious choice for such a task, with its huge dynamic range and frequency response. It's the most versatile omnidirectional mic I know of and I never go into session without the CO-100Ks."