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We undertook the audio post production for 186 Media for this video resource for of one the Open Unversity’s Arts courses. The performance sequences were recorded ‘multitrack and close miced. We then remixed it and set the performance in an appropriate acoustic.
An Open University commission to unlock some of the secrets of string quartets looked at the history of their composition and performance.
186 Media worked with exceptional musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, using various rehearsal and performance spaces within the college to highlight parts of the process of preparing and playing a string quartet. Featured musicians were the Myrios, Heath and Diamond Quartets, and in particular the Navarra Quartet.
Working with academic and musician Fiona Richards, the commission was to produce a unit for a general arts introduction course, exploring the themes of tradition and dissent.
Aside from some fascinating insights into the dynamics of string quartets, the DVD includes detailed exposition of a Beethoven quartet, and culminates in a remarkable performance of a Shostakovich Quartet by the young award-winning Navarra Quartet, made up of distinguished postgraduates from the RNCM.
Executive Producer: Michael Burke
Director: Michael Symmons Roberts
Researcher: Declan Healy
Production Manager: Anna Whitehead
Camera: Graham Veevers & Mike Jackson
Editor: Dave Woodyer
Dubbing editor & mixer: Mike Thornton
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