Macedonia (March 19, 2007)–Macedonia recently hosted its annual Taksirat Festival, with performances by Skopje’s own BllaBllaBlla, Serbia’s Obojeni Program and Van Gogh, as well as Seattle’s Kultur Shock and the legendary Iggy Pop and the Stooges from the U.S. Iggy Pop and the Stooges rocked Macedonia like nuts, with help from a Meyer Sound Milo PA.Held inside the Skopje Fair’s main hall, the show featured Meyer Sound’s Milo curvilinear array loudspeakers supplied by KLS Light and Sound.
The main stage system used by Iggy Pop comprised seven Milo cabinets, one Milo 120 high-power expanded coverage curvilinear array loudspeaker, and four 700-HP subwoofers groundstacked beneath the arrays on each side, supplemented by two CQ-1 wide coverage main loudspeakers for frontfill. System processing and drive were supplied by a Galileo loudspeaker management system. Meyer Sound European technical support representative Károly Molnár optimized the system with a SIM 3 audio analyzer.
The audience was situated both on the ground and along a balcony that runs a full 180 degrees around the venue’s perimeter. Molnár worked with KLS’s Dorian Jovanovic, using MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction software, to design the system for even coverage across the venue.
In addition to the large balcony, the Skopje Fair hall has an uncovered solid concrete floor, high ceiling, and a similarly hard, untreated back wall. “This is the first time this space has been used for a show like this since it was acoustically treated,” Jovanovic explained. “It has always been a major problem to work in this hall, as it used to have a reverb time of around three seconds. This time, with the Milo system and the acoustical treatment, I think the audience really noticed the difference.”