Celebrating the CD RELEASE of Color of Sound: 16 musical works exploring and evocative of color. Experience the installation behind the album in the MOA Sound Gallery. This is a Super Audio recording and print of the music created for this innovative event.
An immersion into the synthesis of color and sound; a unique light program that utilizes L.E.D. powered floodlights blended with an original mix of melodies specifically created in response to each color and gradation within a circular enclosure. In tandem with the light show, an original score was developed by Mike Yach, Gus Skinas, and Matthew Stafford at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado. The invited musicians intuitively responded to the color and its gradations, inventing the music as it came to them. Using exotic instruments such as a didgeridoo, zither and an ocarina, each musician offered a unique one-of-a-kind contribution to this distinctive musical score. As you immerse yourself through this music and color interpretation, one question you may ask yourself is does this sound feel like green, lavender, yellow or red?
As you enter this acoustical environment, sound is the elemental backdrop of the whole experience. MOA’s Sound Gallery features a Focal sound system utilizing 5.1 Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD). Focal speakers are unique in that they are crafted by professional French sound engineers, who are credited as being the most experienced worldwide . The tweeter speakers also installed inside the sound studio are built using beryllium, a natural mineral that is lighter, stronger and more efficient than the traditionally used titanium.
What is Super Audio?
Super Audio CD (SA-CD), also known as DSD or direct stream digital, is a CD with two layers. The first Those who buy hybrid SA-CDs and do not yet have a player with the SA-CD-feature, can play them on a traditional CD-player. Increasingly, Blu-ray players and music servers can decode the format.
For standard CDs, music is digitized 44.1 thousand times per second, producing 16-bit samples. In contrast, DSD uses pulse density modulation (PDM) to encode 2,822,400 1-bit samples per second (64 times the number of samples per second than a CD). Compared to CD, DSD boosts frequency response from 20 kHz to 100 kHz and dynamic range from 96 to 120 db, reproducing a sound that is almost like a live experience. The feeling state of such recordings is hard to match.
The original score created for, Color of Sound, was mixed by Mike Yach of Immersive Studios, sequenced and mastered by Gus Skinas of Super Audio Center, and produced by Mickey Houlihan of Wind Over the Earth.
We wish to express our gratitude to the following musicians for their dedication and sense of play:
Kimba Arem: Flute, tingshas, crystal bowls, four-chamber flute, crystal didjeridu
Jesse Manno: Oud, Doumbek, Saz, Bendir, Concertina
Beth Quist: Piano, Persian Daff, Doumbek, and Vocals
Michael Stanwood: Didgeridoo, Ocarina, Kalimba, Zither, Autoharp, Jaw Harp, Percussion-rattles, boomwhackers
Kailin Yong: Violin