Cutting-edge audio visual technology used for filming wildlife on BBC’s ‘Planet Earth II’ series is used instead to capture Super Furry Animals in 360° binaural video experience…
GET ON STAGE WITH THE FURRIES
The technology more often used to bring TV viewers face-to-face with lions and tigers in the BBC’s 360° films for the lauded ‘Planet Earth II’ natural history series, has been used to get fans closer to a more musical species during a rapturous, home city performance. Marking the first use of emerging technologies to record a live music event, BBC Wales has captured Super Furry Animals’ performance of ‘International Language of Screaming’ at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Sat 17 December 2016 in hi-tech 360° format, allowing fans to get onstage with the band and manipulate their view, with a pioneering, binaural sound mix delivering a rush of furry energy from all angles.
Released following the special, 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s classic 1997 album ‘Radiator’ (Fri 28 July 2017 on BMG), from which ‘International Language of Screaming’ was lifted as a Top 30 single, the newly-launched immersive video gives fans’ the opportunity to experience the gig as a band member, taking centre stage to look out beyond Gruff Rhys and into the rapturous Cardiff crowd, rotating to catch the eyes of drummer, Dafydd Ieuan, bassist, Guto Pryce and guitarist, Huw ‘Bunf’ Bunford and even read the set list. Launched on both YouTube and the experimental BBC Taster Website, the band worked directly with the BBC’s Research & Development Team in Wales to test the capabilities of the cutting-edge digital technology, which not only offers different viewing perspectives, but listening dynamics too.
Both the audio and visual elements of the Furries 7,000 capacity homecoming show on their 2016 Fuzzy Logic/Radiator tour were captured from multiple stage positions, using numerous cameras and microphones in the process, meaning that the sound changes subtly depending on the viewer’s chosen, virtual stage or crowd position. It’s marked as a ‘step change’ in the sound experience listeners can expect when enjoying performances using headphones.
Cian Ciaran, keyboards and assorted synth player for the Furries, says: “Technology moves fast and it’s good to feel on the curve, if not ahead of it, in bringing music fans as close to the feeling of playing to thousands of people as possible. The expertise of a curious and enthusiastic team at BBC Wales, have virtually added a sixth member, who can get a taste of the buzz of being on stage, but not spend any time with us on a crowded tour bus, which is an experience that shouldn’t ever be replicated digitally.”
Radiator, which also gifted fans the singles ‘Demons’, ‘Play It Cool’ and ‘Hermann ♥’s Pauline’, is Super Furry Animal’s second and arguably most cherished album, originally released on Mon 25 August 1997. Reissued in a meticulously remastered heavyweight double vinyl, 2CD and download package, the 20th anniversary release includes new, rarities compilation, Clarity Just Confuses Me, taking the count of rare and previously unreleased tracks included to a grand total of 30.
The album’s recording saw the band return to North Wales for three months (recording in a bungalow, a mile from the end of an RAF training school runway) for the recording sessions, determined to extract themselves from a domestic music scene that was deemed increasingly ‘traditional’ and put the ghosts of their difficult, debut album sessions at the legendary Rockfield Studios firmly behind them.
The album’s original artwork remains, famously establishing the band’s long-standing relationship with the artist, Pete Fowler, whose spectacled ‘good v bad’ bear character on the album sleeve has become (occasionally literally) a totemic figure for the band and fans alike. Recent, new interviews with the band assisted Keith Cameron (NME & Mojo) in painting a fresh picture of the Radiator sessions in accompanying liner notes packaged within the double-gatefold 2CD edition.
Super Furry Animals – Radiator (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) is out now.
Super Furry Animals – Radiator (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) / Clarity Just Confuses Me (CD/Digital Bonus Disc)
Date: Fri 28 July 2017
Formats: Double CD (Cat: BMGCAT2CD98) / 2-Disc Vinyl LP (Cat: BMGCAT2LP98) / Digital Deluxe (Cat: BMGCATDIG98) / Digital MFiT (Cat: BMGCATIDIG98) / Digital HD (Cat: BMGCATHDIG98)
Confirmed Radiator/Clarity Just Confuses Me Tracklisting:
RADIATOR (2017 REMASTER – CD & VINYL)
2. THE PLACID CASUAL
3. THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF SCREAMING
5. SHORT PAINKILLER
6. SHE’S GOT SPIES
7. PLAY IT COOL
8. HERMANN ♥’S PAULINE
10. TORRA FY NGWALLT YN HIR
11. BASS TUNED TO D.E.A.D
12. DOWN A DIFFERENT RIVER
14. MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
ICE HOCKEY HAIR E.P. (CD ONLY)
16. ICE HOCKEY HAIR
18. LET’S QUIT SMOKING
ETC. (CD ONLY)
20. DIM YSMYGU
21. THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE
CLARITY JUST CONFUSES ME (BONUS TRACKS)
B SIDES & SUCH (CD ONLY)
1. CRYNDOD YN DY LAIS
2. HIT AND RUN
3. FOXY MUSIC
4. PASS THE TIME
6. B SIDE
7. CARRY THE CAN
8. WRAP IT UP
9. TRÔNS MR. URDD
11. PLAY IT COOL (U.K. ALBUM MIX)
DEMO SESSION, BIG NOISE STUDIOS, CARDIFF, DECEMBER 1996 (CD ONLY)
12. SFA THEME (DEMO)
13. THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF SCREAMING (DEMO)
14. TORRA FY NGWALLT YN HIR (DEMO)
15. DOWN A DIFFERENT RIVER (DEMO)
16. SHE’S GOT SPIES (DEMO)
17. HIT AND RUN (DEMO)
18. MOUNTAIN PEOPLE (DEMO)
19. PLAY IT COOL (DEMO)
20. BASS TUNED TO D.E.A.D (DEMO)
21. NAFF GÂN (DEMO)
22. THE PLACID CASUAL (DEMO)
23. MUSIC BOX (DEMO)
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