The Band’s Visit wins Tony Award!

The Band’s Visit wins Tony Award!

Kai Harada awarded for Best Sound Design using Astro Spatial Audio

Months after the opening of hit Broadway musical The Band's Visit, celebrated sound designer Kai Harada has won a prestigious Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical, including fully object-based 3D sound courtesy of Astro Spatial Audio.

The Band's Visit was the big winner of the night at the Radio City Music Hall, with a total of 10 wins out of 11 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

The Band’s Visit wins Tony Award!

The critically acclaimed show, which opened in November 2017 to rave reviews at Broadway’s Barrymore Theater, tells the story of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra’s arrival in Israel for the opening of an Arab Cultural Centre, only to find out that they have boarded the wrong bus to the wrong town – with some inevitably amusing consequences. 

The show marked the Broadway debut of Astro Spatial Audio, and Harada was keen to praise the effect that the system had on the show’s sound design. “ASA allowed us to precisely place the instrument source as an audio object within a graphical interface, while it did all the calculations to make it sound correct. Changes to staging were easily accommodated,” he explained. "In addition, having used other acoustic enhancement systems on other shows, I was eager to try the ASA room enhancement to give the illusion that the theatre was a larger acoustic space for some key moments in the show.”

He added: “Without the functionality of the ASA system, the sound of The Band’s Visit would have remained two-dimensional. I'm extremely pleased with the results. I am eager to find another show that would lend itself to using Astro Spatial Audio.”

Kai Harada is one of the world’s most respected sound designers, having previously been nominated for a Tony in 2012 for Follies. Astro Spatial Audio Managing Director, Bjorn van Munster, was quick to offer his congratulations: “We are delighted to have contributed to the success of The Band’s Visit, and now this prestigious Tony Award. Kai’s remarkable work on Broadway really deserves this recognition, and for Astro Spatial Audio this is another wonderful demonstration of how our object-based immersive audio solution can create truly innovative and inspired sound designs. 

“With The Band’s Visit on Broadway, Tina The Musical in London’s West End, and The Who’s Tommy in Denver, audiences all over the world are getting the chance to experience real 3D sound like never before.”

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