POSTED ON – 09.07.13
Massive Attack / MIF Production Tour
A number of SSR’s Live Sound students were recently invited to Manchester’s Mayfield Depot for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Massive Attack production for Manchester International Festival.
The students were invited along by SSR graduate Oliver Twiby, who is now working on the production as a playback engineer for Wigwam Acoustics.
Oli kindly gave the students a full tour of the venue, taking in the complex stage and PA setups and explaining his crucial role providing backing track playback for the band and video projections, which are all running via a complex timecode system.
The Mayfield Depot is a disused railway depot adjacent to Piccadilly Station in Manchester and provides a unique setting for this series of concerts for the Manchester International Festival, with the venue having a real “Warehouse Project” feel.
During the tour, Oli played a number of songs through the bone shaking PA system and demonstrated the EQ settings and amp/speaker setups, giving the students a real insight into the audio setup that they could hear (and feel) first hand.
The students were accompanied by SSR tutor Alan Wrench:
“This tour was a great opportunity for the students and myself to have a look around this unique space and see for themselves the huge amount of technical work that goes into transforming a disused warehouse into a live music venue. It was also brilliant for them to get a personal tour from Oli, a former SSR student himself, as it shows first hand where their training at SSR can lead them.”
We would like to say a big thank you to Oli and Wigwam Acoustics for inviting our students along and also providing some guestlist places for the show itself.