Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hollywood Bowl


    There's something about the Greek ampitheatre concept that makes you feel plugged into existence -- art and music in the round and in the raw and celebrating the natural landscape in which it's set.   It just feels right, goddamnit! 
    The  Hollywood Bowl isn't quite Epidauros, but the seats are a little more comfortable ... and it does have a damn fine soundshell that projects the performance to the whole audience.

UPDATEScience Daily points out the near-perfect acoustics at Epidauros are almost wholly due to the decision to construct the seats with limestone, which makes the perfect acoustic filter for voice production: "Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have pinpointed the elusive factor that makes the ancient amphitheater an acoustic marvel. It’s not the slope, or the wind — it’s the seats. The rows of limestone seats at Epidaurus form an efficient acoustics filter that hushes low-frequency background noises like the murmur of a crowd and reflects the high-frequency noises of the performers on stage off the seats and back toward the seated audience member, carrying an actor’s voice all the way to the back rows of the theater." [Hat tip Eric Olthwaite.]



    Actually, the seats do all the work :-)

  2. Amphitheatre = Intimacy

    As for the Hollywood Bowl, intimacy is completely lost by the sheer size of the thing. You would need binoculars to see what was going on. How remote is that?

    Having visited a real amphitheatre in Pompeii, I was in awe nothing else but of the intimacy created. I kept moving to different areas so I could absorb the atmosphere from different angles and nothing changed. The feeling that one got when one was on stage however was nothing short of euphoric.

    As a 'Naki girl I simply must plug the MAGNIFICENT Bowl of Brooklands.

    The Hollywood Bowl doesn't compare with the intimacy and the absolutely stunning backdrop of what New Plymouth has to offer.

    I'd love it if PC would consider posting a picture of our own bowl in its full glory.

  3. "Having visited a real amphitheatre in Pompeii, I was in awe nothing else but of the intimacy created."

    It would have been intimate because the last audience and cast [excuse the pun] from two thousand years ago were still there.


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