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Music Production

Karen O, Danger Mouse Capture Album Creation with Immersive Documentary

A massive Meyer Sound immersive system was used for the documentary’s premiere.

Los Angeles, CA (May 24, 2019)—Karen O and Danger Mouse have debuted An Encounter with Lux Prima – The Art of Collaboration, a short documentary chronicling the 18-month development of their multisensory art installation, described as “an immersive, communal listening experience intended to be the living nucleus of their collaborative album,” Lux Prima, which was released in March.

Directed by Luisa Conlon and Max Knight, the documentary was produced in partnership with Dropbox and features interviews with many of the installation’s collaborators, who include creative director Barnaby Clay, Oscar-nominated sound designer Ren Klyce, lighting designer Tobias Rylander, visual artist Davy Evans and creative consultant Warren Fu. Others collaborating on the installation included projection mapping innovator Travis Threlkel (co-founder and chief creative officer of MSG’s Obscura Digital), George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound and Meyer Sound.

The show premiered in April at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. An Encounter with Lux Prima was executive produced by the Madison Square Garden Company and Like Mgmt.

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Specifically created for this unique experience, a fully immersive 360-degree Meyer Sound system deployed more than 25 self-powered loudspeakers, including the massive VLFC very low frequency control element with impact below the hearing threshold. The entire multi-channel signal chain was fine-tuned by Meyer Sound technicians.

Speaking to the intention behind the encounter, Karen O says, “Danger Mouse and I wrote this music purely out of artistic exploration and the spirit of collaboration. It’s the first music I’ve written since the rite of passage of bringing a life into the world. Having a kid was like communing with the grander scheme of nature, the cycles of life, the transformative power of the mother. These themes felt timeless, yet more topical than ever in the modern world, so cut off and abstracted from its origins. The music was calling out for an extraordinary presentation, one that brings people together in a heightened state of listening.”

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“Karen and I had been plotting on working together for a long time,” adds Danger Mouse. “With no discussions on what the music would eventually sound like, we jumped in. We were each other’s audience alone really, but soon we started to see this world instead of just hearing it. So let’s see if others can hear and see it together too.”

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