The music of Pink Floyd is receiving a makeover in the form of AMBEO 3D Audio Technology from Sennheiser. In the exhibition “Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, visitors can enjoy an immersive sound experience. Goose bumps are guaranteed.
If the rooms inside the legendary Abbey Road Studios could hear, they would have been witness to an unprecedented sound experience. In the 1970s, the instruments of Pink Floyd echoed through the halls, the group having recorded their album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” along with their biggest hit, “Wish You Were Here,” at Abbey Road. But what took place there this spring is unparalleled. A live recording of the song “Comfortably Numb” was remixed using Sennheiser’s AMBEO 3D Audio Technology. This technique enables crystal clear sound and provides the sensation that the studio has been transformed into a stage where the musicians are playing live. “Immersive audio” can be experienced in all its glory.
The magicians behind this transformation are sound engineers Andy Jackson and Simon Rhodes and producer Simon Frangeln. AMBEO 3D Audio Technology from Sennheiser is their magic wand and the almost 10-meter-high (33-foot) control room is their stage. There, they released the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb” from its stereo corset and used the 360-degree surround mix to inject it with unprecedented scope.
The recording is the musical high point of the “Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains” show in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which begins in May. Sennheiser is the official audio partner of the exhibition, which was meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album. Thanks to AMBEO 3D Audio Technology, museumgoers will feel as though they are in the middle of the audience at a live show. “Immersive audio” will give you goose bumps. Over 350 exhibits, including posters, hand-written song lyrics and instruments also provide unique insight into the band’s history, music and singular sound.
“3D Audio is the new standard for audio excellence and will completely revolutionize the listener’s experience,” says Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, who heads the company with his brother Daniel Sennheiser. “We are extremely excited to make this extraordinary experience possible for visitors to the Pink Floyd exhibition.” For Daniel Sennheiser, the next challenge is already clear: “The next step will be to visually support this excellent audio quality.”
Pink Floyd always broke ground with their use of surround sound in their live shows. Now, thanks to Sennheiser, they are taking the next step -with “immersive audio.” The group’s drummer, Nick Mason, came to Abbey Roads Studio personally to see it happen. “From our very beginnings as a live band, we used Sennheiser equipment, back when we took the stage with MD 409 microphones, and we are excited that Sennheiser is now designing the audio experience for our exhibition,” Mason says. He is excited about the possibilities presented by the new AMBEO 3D Audio Technology. “Sennheiser has shaped audio technology for decades. The company will doubtlessly turn ‘Their Mortal Remains’ into something extremely special.”