New York, NY (March 2, 2015)—Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater opens its latest play tonight—a production of the new drama, The Mystery of Love & Sex. Daniel Kluger has provided sound design and the score for the show, aided by theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, Masque Sound.
Kluger’s goal in the sound design was to create a soundscape to support scene changes. “I needed a system that could deliver even coverage with high fidelity, and the dynamic equipment package that Masque Sound provided allowed me to do that.”
The venue’s unusual shape provided challenges but also a chance to do something different. “The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is a unique thrust space that I chose to treat as a large circle,” he said. “We covered every seat with the center cluster, while at the same time extending the surround system a full 360 degrees around the room by treating the upstage speakers as an extension of that system. It’s about creating a feeling of inclusion. The relationship between what you are hearing in front of you and behind you is constantly shifting depending on where in the circle you lie and where the point of focus is on stage.”
Masque Sound provided Kluger with a Yamaha CL1 digital mixing console, along with a speaker package of d&b audiotechnik speakers with a center cluster of Q7s, a B4 subwoofer and a delay field of E3s and E0s for surrounds. “The d&b speakers provide warmth and clarity and make such a big difference, and I am thrilled that Masque Sound was able to supply them,” he adds.
In addition to designing the sound for the show, Kluger also created the production’s original score. Kluger wrote half a dozen pieces of music and ended up using one as the primary source material for the design. In creating the playback score, Kluger collaborated with the Momenta Quartet.
“Masque Sound has an excellent inventory, and they are continuously growing so there are always new tools to work with,” concludes Kluger. “Masque Sound understands what it takes for a sound designer to be successful, and on this production, we essentially got everything we wanted. It’s been a pleasure to work with them once again. In addition, Ben Truppin-Brown, my assistant sound designer, and Stephen Bettridge, my production audio engineer, both did absolutely fantastic work.”
Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Masque Sound & Recording