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For sound enthusiasts: Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall opened Hamburg / Germany

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New Concert Hall opened in my town, after ten years construction time and the cost of 800 million Euros which is about 11 times more than firstly calculated.

The whole hall is based on 362 steel springs, like a boom mike. Best sound on every single of 2100 seats, planned by sound specialist Yasuhisa Toyota. Special surfaces on the walls create and eliminate wanted und unwanted sound reflections. There is a giant 15 meter reflector hanging from the ceiling, mechanically isolated from the hall. No seat is more than 30 meters away from the conductor. Seats are coated with special sound fabrics. Yasuhisa Toyota made a 10:1 model before construction to examine acoustics.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/music/elbphilharmonie-an-architectural-gift-to-gritty-hamburg-germany.html?_r=0

 

Yesterday, there was the opening concert, broadcasted live. I must admit: it sounded just great. Everyone did a fantastic job.

http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/Ode-an-die-Freude,festakt130.html

 

entire concert

http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/EE17-kompletter-festakt,elbphilharmoniekonzert102.html

 

 

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NPR had a quick report in this. Looks amazing, really want to visit and go to some concerts! Let us know how it sounds Mungo!

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3 hours ago, ivanovich said:

Let us know how it sounds Mungo!

I will :-)

Been there only once, recording just dialogue and no music, so I can't really judge how good it sounds. I noticed a remarkable range of my wireless inside. Maybe that's because of that isolated construction. That building is in an RF crowded harbour area.

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For those of us in the UK the inaugural concert is getting a broadcast on Radio 3 in a few minutes (and I presume it's available on BBC iplayer for a few weeks). Looks like a terrific programme for those who like modern noisy stuff, with Wolfgang Rihm etc.

Jez

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Curious to get in there, but tickets usually sell out within minutes.  I ought to shoot there during the grand opening, but already had another job. Too bad...

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