Imagine Dragons’ live show has been captured in a new concert recording, and thanks to groundbreaking sonic technology, it’s even closer to the thrilling real thing.
The multi-platinum Las Vegas-based four piece is known as an intense live act, led by singer Dan Reynold’s powerful vocals. Smoke + Mirrors Live was filmed at the band’s sold-out July 4, 2015 show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, one of 110 dates on the international Smoke + Mirrors tour. Captured by director Dick Carruthers, a rock doc veteran with over 60 live music films to his credit, the multi-camera shoot doesn’t miss a single drop of sweat.
In addition to the immersive visuals, the Blu-ray edition features a bold audio experience, thanks to Dolby Atmos moving audio. Introduced by Dolby Laboratories in 2012, the technology was originally available in movie screens (it’s currently installed in more than 1,800) and it’s now supported in a variety of home theatre hardware products. Often described as “3D audio,” Dolby Atmos ups the game on surround sound, adding a vertical or “overhead” layer to more closely replicate how we experience music #IRL. It accomplishes this by rendering each sound — each cymbal crash, synth bleep and guitar strum — as an individual object in real-time.
“I knew the music inside out and back to front, so it was great working with the Dolby engineers to say, ‘Can we put this here? Can we lift that? Can we put that in the back?’ and to push the envelope,” said filmmaker Carruthers on Dolby’s blog about the post-production process. “I think [the people at Dolby] were initially apprehensive about pushing the envelope too far away from what people are normally used to in their 5.1 or 7.1 [surround sound] environment, but I felt completely the opposite — we needed to really grasp what Dolby Atmos could do, and make a point of it.”
The final product makes Imagine Dragons hits like “I Bet My Life,” “Shots,” and of course “Radioactive” not only leap off the screen –- they grab and wrap you in a thousand points of shimmering aural light.
“It’s tough to adequately capture a live experience on camera, especially for a production as multi-sensory as the Smoke + Mirrors Tour, but we couldn’t be more excited with how it all came together,” said the band in a statement. “The film really immerses you in the moment and conveys the emotion of the concert.”
The Blu-ray edition of Smoke + Mirrors Live, featuring a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, is available now on Amazon. Visit the Dolby Atmos hardware gallery to explore different options on how to enhance your home theater set up.