Acclaimed French singer, songwriter and producer Christine and the Queens (Tilted, Girlfriend), has been touring her studio album Chris, bringing a unique blend of theatrical set, contemporary dance, and her own special ‘freakpop’ to the stage. Christine’s show includes lots of machinery, lots of lighting, and lots of sonic details, as well as amazing physical performances. The objective is to create a strong interpretation for every song: to make sure the audience completely understands the sense and the story. And, because the show is so theatrical, Christine didn’t want technical equipment to be a distraction – she wanted it to be invisible. For the French leg of her international tour, her sound team chose to use L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology to take a cinematic approach to the sound, while using multiple shorter hangs that wouldn’t obstruct the set.
Sound Design Solution
A 9.1 L-ISA Frontal system was specified, including three central hangs of K2 flanked by two hangs of Kara, two side hangs of K2 and an extension of two hangs of Kara, with the actual number of deployed cabinets dependent on the venue size. The largest configuration—at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris—used three central hangs of 16 K2 each, two outer hangs of 22 Kara, side hangs of 14 K2 and an Extension system of two hangs of a further 16 Kara each. Two hangs of ten KS28 subwoofers were flown behind the central hangs. Lip fills comprise five ground stacks of three Kiva II.
|Venue||90m deep x 90m wide|
|Stage||20m wide front x 1.2m wide rear x 2.5m high|
|Max trim height||17m (above floor)|
|Min trim height||11m (above floor)|
Sound Design Target
|Program type||Pop Music|
|SPL max average||>= 104 dBA|
|SPL profile||1 dB / 10m|
|Frequency contour||6 dB (@ 100hz)|
“Using L-ISA has allowed us to take a different approach to the way we delivered the audio for this portion of the tour. It allowed us to open things up and give a real feeling of space within the mix.”
— Julien Decarne, front of house engineer for Christine and the Queens