Glamis sound­scape for ‘the Scot­tish Play’

Bard’s his­toric tragedy re­pro­duced in 3D au­dio thanks to 21st Cen­tury record­ing tech­nol­ogy

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - GRA­HAM BROWN

“All hail, Mac­beth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” has rung out be­tween the walls of Glamis Cas­tle in an in­no­va­tive au­dio pro­duc­tion first for the Angus land­mark.

The leg­endary set­ting for Shake­speare’s fa­mous work, Glamis was the lo­ca­tion for the first record­ing by a com­pany whose founder aims to pro­vide au­dio­book and pod­cast lis­ten­ers with an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Char­lotte Me­len, founder of Al­most Tan­gi­ble, joined forces with the cas­tle to bring a pro­duc­tion team and cast of ac­tors to the an­cient at­trac­tion, record­ing the fa­mous play within the mag­nif­i­cent rooms of the Strath­more fam­ily seat and the grounds of the sprawl­ing es­tate.

Us­ing 360-de­gree record­ing tech­niques, the pro­duc­ers hope to con­vince lis­ten­ers they are stand­ing around the witches’ caul­dron or along­side the other char­ac­ters in Shake­speare’s work.

Char­lotte said: “Glamis Cas­tle was an in­cred­i­ble part­ner in pro­duc­ing Mac­beth. We couldn’t have asked for bet­ter hosts.

“We’re on a mis­sion to im­merse our lis­ten­ers in new worlds. We record on lo­ca­tion to create an au­then­tic at­mos­phere and sound­scape.

“We cap­ture ev­ery­thing us­ing bin­au­ral tech­nol­ogy that records spher­i­cally in 360 de­grees, just like our ears are de­signed, and this gives lis­ten­ers an en­tirely new au­ral ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Char­lotte added: “The cas­tle and grounds gave us a wealth of at­mo­spheric sur­round­ings and acous­tics to record within.

“We had dun­geons, mag­nif­i­cent din­ing rooms, vast wood­lands and more – all of which res­onates in the ac­tors’ per­for­mances and the au­then­tic­ity of the sound­scapes.

“The re­sult is ex­actly what we were af­ter – a deeply im­mer­sive, au­then­tic, al­most tan­gi­ble Mac­beth that sur­rounds you and makes you feel part of the play.”

Glamis Cas­tle deputy gen­eral man­ager Doreen Stout said: “We are de­lighted to have worked with Al­most Tan­gi­ble to create a Mac­beth set at Glamis Cas­tle.

“It has been fas­ci­nat­ing watch­ing how an au­dio pro­duc­tion is made and how vi­tal the sur­round­ings are to the cre­ative process and the peo­ple in­volved.

“We are hop­ing to host some very spe­cial Mac­beth lis­ten­ing events at the cas­tle in the near fu­ture.”

Al­though the 11th Cen­tury King Mac­beth had no con­nec­tion to Glamis, Shake­speare’s play has the epony­mous char­ac­ter re­sid­ing there, and the link is part of the al­lure of the land­mark to around 100,000 an­nual visi­tors from across the globe.

The pro­duc­tion, which launches to­day, can be down­loaded free at al­most­tan­gi­ble.com and is avail­able from Ap­ple or Google pod­casts.

The dark tale of Shake­speare’s Mac­beth is be­ing brought into vivid fo­cus by a new pro­duc­tion recorded in 360-de­gree au­dio at the at­mo­spheric Glamis Cas­tle.

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