Hadestown is the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, told in this day and age. It dominated the Broadway 8 times a week. There is a reason why it became so loved and watched by the audience. Anaïs Mitchell, the composer of this production has taken her tale of Hadestown — an idea that came to her from DIY upstart to concept album to full-fledged theatrical production. It stands out because of its contemporary touch, and it deals with problems which are relatable to the audience.
The production deals with present-day concerns like anti-immigration rhetoric and the #MeToo movement with songs like “Why We Build the Wall” and “Hey, Little Songbird.” There are also themes of wealth disparity and climate change in the Broadway production. Mitchell mentioned that all these occurrences were not deliberate. And one of the interesting facts is that the show evolved over the part 13 years, and it is what it is through the growth.
The great thing about Hadestown is how it inculcated the music into itself. Mitchell mentioned how at the earlier stage of production there were times that the show had gaps in the between. After each scene the production felt haphazard and was all over the place. But with relevant songs, now it feels like there is a linear progress.
Unlike other directors, Mitchell works on guitar when she feels inspired, rather than working on piano. Her music is mostly influenced by folk songs and traditional music, particularly from the British Isles. That’s why her music has a folksy feel even when it is based on an ancient myth.
She talks about Orpheus and how he is a character that is parallel to today’s youth. He starts up by striving for a world he believes could exist. But by the end of the journey he has lost his innocence. And he is saved when he realizes everyone has the same journey. That’s why audience love the show, and that is why Hadestown tickets become sold so easily, because they feel connected to the character somehow.
Sea Life London Fish Choir has Recorded the Version of Jingle Bells from Saltwater Aquarium for ‘Abbey Road Studios’
Sea Life London Fish Choir has captured sounds from the communication of fish for the first time from Saltwater Aquarium. The sound of growling Triggerfish, croaking Clownfish and hooting Crayfish is now singing as a festive fishy version of Jingle Bells recorded in ‘Abbey Road Studios’.
There are several factors which affect the potentiality and impact of sounds of marine species. Such sounds include the frequency level of the fish, which is mixed with the waves of the ocean. Some fish breeds make a sound which eating, some make while fighting and others make a sound during the time of mating when they become aggressive. Now, study and analysis have been started after hearing the record of such sound which is done by the researchers of Oceanology.
Many marine fish dwells in nearshore, deep ocean and offshore which have different soundscape. According to the sources of anthropogenic sound, saltwater fish makes the sound of seismic exploration and some fish makes the sound of the piano.
Whether it is a saltwater fish for beginners or expert aquarists, most of the marine fish breeds and other species communicate with each other in their language, and their interaction has brought a new zeal in the musical vocal at Christmas in 2019.
In 24th December 2019 during the time of Christmas, the vocalization of the saltwater fish was recorded by Blue Planet II scientist, Professor Steve Simpson (University of Exeter) who is one of the experts of Bioacoustics. According to the sources, Professor Simpson worked with Kieran McCloskey, another expert of the University of Exeter for this recording work. They recorded the sound of the marine fish of London’s community aquarium.
“Sound plays an important role in the health of our oceans, and we were curious to find out how the diverse fish species at London Aquarium use language to communicate with one another or at the very least find a fish that had a vocal range like Mariah Carey in time for Christmas,” said Mr James Wright, the supervisor of SEA LIFE London Fish Choir.
Special Underwater Equipment was Used to Record the Sound – Underwater Microphone
Sources revealed that the sound of the fish under the marine aquarium was recorded by using a special underwater Microphone. The wide array of growls, croaks, clicks and hooting noises of various species was recorded in that instrument.
The popping, croaking and purring sound of Clownfish and Crayfish were recorded by asserting them in the deep water by the tiny underwater Microphones. Research shows that they were fighting for their foods, and in that process, various types of noises were heard and recorded. When they are hungry, they make trumpet-like noise which was recorded with the help of an underwater microphone. The growling noise of a Triggerfish was also recorded when it was making courtship. A group of Seahorses were creating clicking sounds when they were opening their mouths for capturing foods. The munching noise of some fish was also recorded with a clatter. The aquatic species have their beautiful world like other living things where they live their simple livelihood, and it is quite fun to explore that.
Professor Simpson said, “What we discovered is truly fascinating and highlights how fish are using sound to communicate to one another in an aquarium environment just like in more natural habitats.”
He added that he is passionate about understanding the interaction and communication of the fish breeds among themselves and with the environment. Moreover, his curiosity in digging deep to the world of marine beauty had led him to explore more about the marine life and discover such novel thing like recording the sound of the fish and alliterating them in the beautiful music of Jingle Bells in this festive season.
The sound of the reef world and marine fish were remastered at Abbey Road Studios for creating a fishy festive rendition of Jingle Bells using the SEA LIFE London Fish Choir. The sound engineers spent a lot of time in removing the background noise of filters and pumps for making accurate music of Jingle Bells.
Mr Andrew Walker – the Sound Engineer at Abbey Road Studios, said he had never imagined that after spending 30 years in mastering music at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, he would get the chance to remaster the hidden orchestra of the sound of saltwater fish into a festive season in a tract of Jingle Bells.
Don’t you think this news is quite fascinating and wondering? We used to enjoy the marine world by visiting saltwater museums before visually. However, now we can enjoy the audio also by hearing the jingling sound of the aquatic species in a new way with the sound of Jingle Bells. Let’s enjoy this Christmas season with the wonder of ocean life which is presented in an audio record by Abbey Road Studios. It is planned that in the upcoming days, scientists will do more research on the communication of the marine world and finding out more treasures of the aquatic kingdom.
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