Daily Beatles news is such a treat for me. To have daily Beatles news that has a local connection is dually exciting. Here’s a story about a local sound engineer and the exhilaration of working directly with The Beatles. I’m so jealous…here’s a little news from the Akron Beacon Journal.
Laboring alongside Sir George Martin, the Beatles’ original producer, is a real treat for audio engineer Jason Pritchard, a Cleveland-area native.
Pritchard, the head of audio for Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas, has collaborated with the famed producer and his son, Giles Martin, since last fall to create the new show, which opened at the Mirage last Friday.
“It’s just really incredible working with these guys in the studio every day,” Pritchard said.
Working with the entire Beatles archive from Abbey Road Studios, the Martins have created “mashups” of the band’s original works. “The different elements of songs are taken apart and put together to create something new,” Pritchard explained.
For example, the vocals from Because are played without harpsichord accompaniment, instead paired with the final, 1 ½-minute chord from A Day in the Life, played backward so it gets progressively louder.
Or the vocals from George Harrison’s Within You Without You now have the drums from Tomorrow Never Ends under them.
The key is that nothing’s added that the Beatles didn’t record.
Beatles LOVE is the first time Cirque du Soleil has ever worked with a prerecorded medium. The show features 25 numbers, but with all the mashups, Pritchard audiences will hear pieces of nearly 150 Beatles songs.
The goal was to make audiences feel like they’re actually in the theater with the band. Pritchard, who was born in Bay Village, said the show promises to take the usual Beatles listening experience a huge step further.
“People hear Beatles music so much that it becomes background music, almost.
“The sound (in Beatles LOVE) is unlike anything you can experience anyplace else because it’s so big,” Pritchard said. “You’ve never heard the Beatles like this before.”
The show, which is staged in the round, has a panoramic sound system of more than 6,300 speakers. Each audience member has three speakers in his or her seat — one over each shoulder and a third in the back of the seat, for the benefit of the person sitting behind.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal