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Dorritie lends an ear (or two) to Lucas Oil Stadium soundscape
Count drum corps icon Frank Dorritie
as one of those experts.
, a 2004 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame inductee who has earned two Grammy awards and nine nominations for excellence in audio engineering, emphasizes that no venue is "perfect" acoustically, not even La Scala, the legendary opera house in Milan, Italy, or New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.
"Certainly a structure built essentially for sports [such as Lucas Oil Stadium] will have sonic anomalies, and some seating locations will be better than others," Dorritie
, who has arranged for and instructed the likes of the Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard and the Cadets, is a pioneer in the arena of capturing indoor drum corps sound.
In 1980 he was the producer of "State of the Art," the first multi-track drum corps recording.
notes that Lucas Oil Stadium is not a dome, "but more like an airplane hangar with extremely tall sides with highly reflective characteristics.
These characteristics, he
says, could be mitigated-to some degree, at least-by hanging layers of appropriate fabric in strategic places.
Opening the roof might also help slightly, Dorritie
says, while adding that doing so could present other logistical problems.
"No one can tell you what the overall sound will be like in LOS with an open roof until you actually put some groups in there and play," he
, who has worked with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Billy Cobham, feels that plenty can be done to optimize sound with the roof closed.
One possible strategy for the future, Dorritie
suggests (via a history lesson), is for each corps to find a way to work with, and not against, the sound characteristics of Lucas Oil Stadium.
"In Medieval Europe, liturgical music composers took great advantage of large enclosed spaces in cathedrals by scoring appropriately," Dorritie
"The drum corps that did so this past year-Santa Clara Vanguard, in particular-sounded quite spectacular in Lucas Oil Stadium."
continues: "Beyond this, there are clear advantages on the visual side to an enclosed space, without wind and other pesky elements like rain or sun glare.
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