Audio Paves the Way for the Performing Arts

Posted by Brad Poarch on 12/30/2014

As a way to capture, fascinate, and indulge human imagination, storytelling is at the heart of performing arts. While the essentials of performing arts – talent, knowledge, practice, inspiration, and passion – have largely remained the same over the centuries, the evolution of audio-visual technology is transforming this field like never before. As such, performance arts technologies are creating remarkable new possibilities for enhancing creativity and audience experience across multiple platforms. Not only this, technology is constantly making way for more realistic and detailed audio experiences. So now audiences more fully be a part of the arts experience, and catch that faint whisper, the slow rustling of leaves, or other subtle sounds and nuances that contribute to a better and more satisfying experience. Technology is truly changing the way art is being performed, as well as the way it’s being consumed.

The HD revolution

From composition and recording to sound mixing and performance, technology has become an integral part of music and performing arts. Professional artists and performers are using technology to take their creativity to the next level. As they are adding innovative techniques, interesting details and more finesse to their art, there’s a growing need for the audience to be able to grasp the audio and the visual contents of the performance in all its subtlety. This is where high definition audio makes a world of difference. High definition lends clarity and crispness to the audio output that lets you capture the power and depth of any live performance.

When it comes to the theater experience, high resolution audio (HRA) is a new technology that promises to closely replicate the studio-grade sound quality. Laying a greater emphasis on details and texture, HRA is giving listeners the audio quality of the original performance.

Music in the virtual space

As with many aspects of our lives today, technology is impacting the way music is being created and consumed. Through what is termed as HD audio streaming for networked performances, artists and performers can collaborate from any part of the world in sort of a ‘virtual jam-session’ way, while audiences can enjoy the live performance by being a part of the session.

Thanks to technology, audiences can enjoy live performances from anywhere in the world without any compromise in sound quality.  For instance, the Samsung Smart TV comes equipped with a “Digital Theater” app that lets viewers catch live performances from theaters. Glyph, a head-mounted personal theater is the latest to revolutionize your audio-visual experience through 3D sound quality and Virtual Retinal Display. Still in the beta stage, it is all set to take the idea of virtual realism to its next step.    

While features like high quality audio and surround sound technology pave the way for more immersive experience, they might whet your theater-going appetite to great extents.

For the want of more life-like experience

This brings us directly to the question – where is the future of the live theater heading ? Today, the virtual space has become a ubiquitous entity and is veering closer towards mimicking real-life experiences. Naturally, there’s a need to make live performance richer and more fulfilling. Putting it all together, the future of the live theater experience is riding on the highest quality audio and immersive technology.