Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Luther Adams is set to release the companion piece to his award winning Become Ocean this week. The piece is titled Become Desert, and was produced for Cantaloupe Music by Dubway Studios lead engineer Nathaniel Reichman, who mixed the album in 5.1 and Dolby Atmos formats in addition to stereo. Reichman worked extensively with the composer to make sure the mixes capture the spatial elements of the piece, which is orchestrated such that five smaller ensembles are placed throughout the recital hall for additional spatial effects.
The recording was performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and commissioned by their music director, Ludovic Morlot. Editing for the piece took place at Dubway’s Main Floor studios to ensure the recordings were ready for the multiformat mixing process Reichman, Adams, and Morlot elected to undertake. Check out some photos of the recording below, read a write up of the album on NPR’s First Listen here, and pick up the album at the Cantaloupe Music link above after June 14th!