Silent Disco King teamed up with Cineramageddon at Glastonbury festival for a debut screening of ‘Ibiza, The Silent Movie’.
Cineramageddon is curated by legendary film director Julien Temple and returned to Glastonbury this year for its second outing after debuting in 2017.
The area has the UK’s largest outdoor cinema screen and includes 60 incredible vehicles including Mad Max style cars, classic cars, fairground bumper cars and convertibles dug into the ground, which festival goers can rent out to watch an array of cult classic movies.
The activation was opened this year with the premiere of ‘Ibiza, The Silent Movie’ directed by Julien Temple and music curated by Fatboy Slim.The film is an exploration of the hedonistic history of the Ibiza island and was introduced by Glastonbury’s co-creator Michael Eavis, Julien Temple and Fatboy Slim himself. 2600 attendees enjoyed the two-hour long film on Silent Disco King headphones, followed by a live 45-minute DJ set from Fatboy Slim.
A Silent Film and DJ Set Experienced in 3D Audio
‘Ibiza, the Silent Movie’ was recorded in 7.1 Surround and Cineramageddon were passionate about attendees experiencing the movie in this format, just the way the producers intended in the studio. However, noise limitations on the cinema site meant that all audio must be relayed via headphones rather than a conventional cinema sound system. As a result, the technical brief for the silent cinema was far more demanding than the first year. HD Pro Audio approached Silent Disco King with a mutual solution.
The Silent Disco King headphones were used in conjunction with KLANG:vier Immersive Audio Processor, Midas M32 Surface, Shure Wireless microphone systems, and Dante Protocol Routing. These technologies allowed the film and DJ set to be consumed in 3D binaural audio, creating the effect of motion within the headphones.
Dan Morgan, Cineramageddon Sound Engineer, was responsible for the multi-disciplinary nature of the tech and realising the vision of the activation. Dan commented: “Considering the complexity, bandwidth & spacial dimension of the final product leaving the technical area, the Silent Disco King transmission not only worked faultlessly but actually translated the result highly effectively, providing a really enhanced listening experience. During and after the live set, I was able to continue to enhance the listening experience through spacial manipulation and the response from the crowd was fantastic. A great night was had by all with good critical acclaim for the film and Norman’s performance.” Fatboy Slim added: “Well done Silent Disco King! Thanks to Paul and his team, it worked in a field in Pilton!”
In the run up to the festival, Silent Disco King worked directly with Glastonbury technical teams and attended the Silver Hayes Management meeting. They also had a team of experts on site including: Director Paul Gillies, Event Manager, Joe Garfath, Account Manager, Elliot Bedford and a team of 18 staff in the headphone deposit cabin to ensure the smooth running of the activities.
Glastonbury’s Last Man Standing
Due to the success of the first night of Cineramageddon Dan Morgan, Sound Engineer, left the Immersive Audio element in the set up for the rest of the festival, setting enhanced audio individually for every film.
Dan Morgan further commented: “The SDK kit continued to perform without fault for the whole festival and translated the immersive and spacial elements very well allowing crowds to benefit and enjoy an intense and memorable experience.”
Alongside Cineramageddon, Silent Disco
King also ran the Silent Disco at The Sonic Stage in Silver Hayes which
is where they have called their Glastonbury home for the past decade. A
5000-headphone silent disco takes over the Sonic Stage after hours and
runs through until 7am each morning. Silent Disco King are literally the
last party running on the Monday morning.