Photo Credit: David Heath
The god of music dwelleth outdoors...
~Edith Matilda Thomas
Through my documentary "The Last Seat in the House" I will examine how sound engineer pioneer Bill Hanley’s contributions in outdoor live sound shifted an entire music industry. Comparatively, what are/were these lasting changes? Where would the modern outdoor festival be without his musical innovations? These are some of the engagements which create the foundation of my proposed hypothesis for this film and research...which is...that Bill Hanley did in fact create a shift in what now has gone on to be a billion dollar industry in sound. Through an extensive 5 year long interview and archival process I have uncovered Bill Hanley’s contributions within the field of festival and concert sound. Bill Hanley is a pioneer, innovator and truly the father of festival sound.
If you have any photos, film, or ephemera from the Hanley Sound history that you can contribute please contact John Kane.
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