Alt-J Perform Royal Albert Hall London Concerts With Hyperreal 360° Sound

Drew Gurian
– alt-J
alt-J raised the bar for live concert sound with L-ISA at Forest Hills Stadium and plan to repeat that success this month in the UK at Royal Albert Hall

The alt-J performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Oct. 29-30, will be the first two shows on UK soil utilizing L-Acoustic’s L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.
The band promised that the audience at the two sold-out concerts would be enveloped in sound, thanks to a technology that creates “a more multidimensional and natural experience, and a sense of intimacy, connecting artist and audience,” according to its manufacturer.
L-Acoustic explains, “unlike traditional stereo solutions, L‑ISA Hyperreal Sound is based on a linear topology of loudspeaker arrays that are distributed above or behind the full width of the stage. This Frontal configuration relies on overlapping coverage so that as much of the audience hears all of the frontal arrays as possible.”
The configuration consists of a high-resolution scene system of speaker arrays to match the width of the performing zone, which allows for the accurate localization and separation of sound sources, as well as for the tracking of performers.
Then there’s the extension system that expands the soundscape as far as the side walls of the venue, thereby stretching the soundscape of the performing zone and causing the effect of feeling enveloped by sound.
A central subwoofer configuration maximizes low & sublow frequency consistency over the audience. Additional surround and overhead speakers can be used to augment the sense of envelopment.
The Royal Albert Hall shows are the final dates of alt-J’s upcoming UK tour in support of the band’s current album Relaxer and its recently released counterpart project Reduxer. The band will be performing arrangements of songs from both albums at the shows.
It’s not the first time alt-J are using L-Acoustics Hyperreal Sound technology at a concert. The first time was at a special, one-off show at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium on June 15.
Since the release of Relaxer in June last year, the band has been extensively touring the UK, Europe, the U.S. and New Zealand. As Pollstar‘s box office reports show, the tour ranged from small-capacity venues such as the Funkhaus Berlin in Germany with a capacity of 800, which the band sold-out, grossing $35,842, to the O2 London, where it sold 14,294 tickets, grossing $548,101.
The upcoming UK tour comprises ten dates only and kicks off with three back-to-back shows at the 1,620 capacity Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, Oct. 15-17.
These are followed by the
Speaking of London and immersive sound: the recently refurbished and reopened Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH) became the first music venue to build in L-Acoustic’s technology as a permanent installation.