Bjork’s most ambitious live show to date, in support of her latest album Cornucopia, opened at New York’s The Shed on 9 May.
The live show combines elaborate costume design with ambitious projection on a screen behind the musicians, as well as a hanging screen in front.
Sound was delivered by d&b audiotechnik, who worked with Bjork to implement its Soundscape system. Soundscape uses object-based mixing to create an immersive, 360 degree sound experience, which was integral to the Cornucopia live show.
Steve Jones from d&b explained: “Björk wanted the sound for Cornucopia to create an otherworldly sensory experience that draws the visual, aural and virtual elements together.
“Utilising Soundscape, from the studio composition scenario all the way through to the show performance scenario has delivered of that vision.”
Beginning the sound design conception in a studio in Iceland, the production has progressed through production rehearsals in the Backstage Centre, London, to The Shed in New York City.
Cornucopia’s sound was designed by Björk and FoH Sound Engineer John Gale, supported by Southby Productions, and Steve Jones from d&b.
Cornucopia is staged in The McCourt space, formed when the mammoth outer shell of the structure is rolled out to cover the adjoining plaza and create a 17,000sqft hall which can control light, sound and temperature for large-scale performances, installations, and events.
It can accommodate a seated audience of approximately 1,200 and a standing audience of more than 2,000.