(l-r) Dame Evelyn Glennie,
Ian Dean, Nigel HeathLondon, UK (July 7, 2010)–Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and composer/producer Ian Dean unveiled a new film score at Hackenbacker Audio Post Production in Soho recently.
Glennie and Dean collaborated on the score for Golf in the Kingdom, a new feature film directed by Susan Streitfeld and due for release later this year.
Recording sessions took place at Glennie’s studios in Cambridgeshire. After editing, the tracks were mixed in 5.1 at Hackenbacker Audio Post Production’s Soho studios by Nigel Heath. In addition to this project, Heath has recently been in the studio recording experimental tracks with Glennie and Dean at Hackenbacker’s second recording facility in North West London. By using a series of proprietary techniques, Heath’s mixes reportedly convey the feel and detail of the performances above and beyond the norm and bring to the forefront the sometimes “hidden” sonic elements that Glennie utilizes in her playing.
Instruments featured in the score range from Glennie’s collection of concert marimbas, through vibraphones, gongs, bells, waterphones, drums, clappers and shakers to the tiniest and most intricate of rustling shells, fabrics and leaves.
Recording equipment and software selected by Ian Dean included Digital Performer 7, Sonic Solutions SoundBlade and Pro Tools. A modified Faulkner array with Royer 122 ribbons and Schoeps MK4 was used to record Glennie’s percussion instruments. The resultant tracks were mixed by Nigel Heath using a Neve MMC Digital console with Heath’s array of valve equipment also contributing to the sound.
“I have had a long association with Nigel and we chose him to mix the music tracks at Hackenbacker because of his reputation for mixing and for the attention he pays to the musical detail,” Dean says. “But equally important in our decision to use Hackenbacker was the dedication of all of the entire team there. The preparation of tracks was excellent and we knew we could rely on great technical support.”