Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
If you haven’t heard of “Hamilton” yet, look it up on Spotify and start listening. It is hands down the most exciting show in recent musical theatre history. Rap has appeared in musicals in the past, but never with this much success. In the hip-hop world, the recording engineers have a significant impact on the final product through their choice of digital effects, tracking techniques, and mixing style. It is a highly processed and technological art form.
So how do you authentically convey a hip-hop aural experience in a Broadway theatre? Mix Magazine interviewed the sound design team behind “Hamilton” and wrote a great article that you can read here. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts – there are 172 speakers in the house! That means there are five times more speakers than people in the cast.
MixOnline.com has a lot of other free articles detailing the magic behind Broadway shows, just type in “Broadway” in the search box.
Thanks for reading!