Beijing, China (August 7, 2013)—Composer Tan Dun and pianist Lang Lang’s recent re-interpretation of three martial arts films at an open-air concert in Beijing’s Chaoyana Park was heard by thousands via a Turbosound Flashline line array speaker system.
The 36-box Turbosound Flashline PA supplied by Phoenix Audio was configured as 12 TFS-900H high packs flown per side, with six TFS-900B subwoofers ground-stacked at each side of the stage. Phoenix Audio also took care of the on-site technical support, including system set-up and tuning. Tan Dun’s FOH engineer is a long-standing client of Phoenix and user of Turbosound loudspeakers.
The day of the concert, it rained heavily and many were concerned the show would be cancelled. According to Tan Dun, Lang Lang was worried that the piano would be soaked and that the keys would be too slippery, but just a few hours before the scheduled start Tan Dun spoke with the organizers: “Let’s just do it!” he encouraged. “Think about the 1960s—Woodstock, Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight—people coming in the rain and in the mud, just for the spirit!”
While the Steinway may have been soaked, and its slippery keyboard gave Lang Lang’s playing an unusual tonal polish, Flashline’s IP54 weather-resistant spec delivered the sound to the 15,000 person audience clearly.