Barco's IOSONO immersive sound systems were recently used for multiple concerts at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany, boosting the performances of famous artists like Bob Geldof, jazz and funk musician Nils Landgren and the WDR radio orchestra with high-definition spatial audio. For more than 25 years, the Rheingau Musik Festival has been taking place every summer, presenting a wide variety of concerts - from classical to jazz or popular music - which focus on a high level of artistic quality. In 2015, the festival presented almost 150 concerts in 40 different locations.

One of the locations was the cuvée court of Schloss Johannisberg, a traditional wine estate located in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine district. For this year's edition of Rheingau Musik Festival an IOSONO sound system was set up in this court to enhance the concert acoustics with directional playback, acoustically transforming the courtyard into a concert hall. This allowed audiences to enjoy clear spatial acoustics while enjoying a warm summer night in the scenic castle courtyard.

“For many years, the Schloss Johannisberg has been an extraordinary location for our festival and the acoustic quality achieved with the IOSONO systems made this year’s concerts even more special. The audience loved the new level of sound clarity in this open-air venue and we hope to be using the system again next year,” says Michael Herrmann, director of the festival. While the IOSONO system provided a clear localization of the different instruments of the WDR radio orchestra, it was also used to emphasize the virtuoso instrumental solos during the sold-out concert of Nils Landgren's All Star Band, including German star trumpeter Till Brönner.

Photo courtesy: AKM, Ansgar Klostermann