DPA instrument mics capture Buddhist singing bowl performances
Producer and sound engineer Chan Pui Ching employed DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone to record the Tsang Man Tung’s new album, The Seed of Sound, in which the Chinese artist plays more than 30 Buddhist singing bowls.
Singing Bowls have long been used in Buddhist religious ceremonies to accompany periods of meditation and chanting. In recent times, they have become popular with music therapists, sound healers and yoga practitioners who use their steady and harmonious sound to create a sense of calm and relaxation.
‘To capture the sound and full frequency range of the bowls, it was crucial to choose the right microphone early on in the process, at concept stage,’ said Chan. ‘We decided to go with d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones because they could deliver the results we wanted. We mounted them in the correct location and they perfectly captured a balanced mix of the high and low frequencies.’
The album, at the request of Tsang Man Tung, was recorded live. Thirty-nine tracks were recorded over three days.
‘This is not the first time I have recorded with singing bowls, but it is the most challenging one because, unlike other albums, almost all of the music on it was recorded live and without adding any effects at the postproduction stage,’ Chan explained. ‘More than 30 bowls were used, each of which sounds very different to our ears. Each bowl has a complicated radiating pattern because the radiation comes from the different sizes of the bowls and the material it is made of.’