On the 4th of May, the EO will broadcast the documentary "Mengelberg's List". A documentary about the world-famous conductor of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Willem Mengelberg. Because he had Nazi sympathies, he was severely punished after World War II and dismissed as a collaborator and traitor. However, it now appears that he was also actively involved in the rescue of dozens of Jews. The documentary is about whether Mengelberg should be remembered for the lives he saved, or whether the label 'war criminal' suits him better.
The documentary is full of music composed by Big Orange and produced by MOONDOCS, directed by Jaap Van Eyck. Don't forget! Tuesday 4 May, 10:45 PM, NPO2.
Help us out! We are nominated for the Webby's!
The Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Branded audio experience that we made in collaboration with Xbox, Microsoft and McCann215 called ‘’Xbox Series X: Walking In Steve’s Dreams’’ received a nomination. We are nominated in the category ‘’Social’’ for ‘’Experimental Innovation’’.
Thanks for your support!
And while it's not in our system to look back too often, it's still highly rewarding to see how many brands, museums and organizations grasp and appreciate the importance of great audio.
Thx to team Big Orange: Ad van Dongen, Vincent de Koning, Jos Jansen, Vincent Witte, Jolien Neperus, Alexander De Kleermaeker, Rik Rensen.
“An exhibition about slavery. Not as an abstract concept, but in the form of personal and true stories. Stories from Brazil, Suriname and the Caribbean, as well as from South Africa and Asia ”. This is how the Rijksmuseum itself describes the exhibition that we have contributed to in recent months. A sensitive subject. A period of 250 years that is an inseparable part of our history. An important topic. A subject that will now have its own exhibition, on which we have contributed in recent months. For us a fantastic challenge to provide this exhibition with two audio tours. Ten impressive stories about ten people from this period. Narrated by, among others, Joy Delima, Remy Bonjasky and Glenn Helberg, who each have a bond with one of the ten people from their own background. Children can listen to a separate tour in which narrator Yosina Rumajauw goes back in time with the listener. The exhibition “Slavery - ten true stories” opens in the spring of 2021, in the Rijksmuseum.
We get a lot of questions about 3D audio (or 9D, which is a different name for the same thing 😀). A couple of years ago we created this short movie in which our Ad van Dongen explains the complete thing in a nutshell. Check it out here, all you 3D, 8D, 9D, binaural lovers! And don't forget to put on your headphones.
We’re proud to say that 2 of our podcasts are on the number 1 spot of all time in their respectable categories on the Apple Podcasts charts: For Places & Travel we lead the charts with "Verborgen Verhalen" for ANWB. A podcast that takes the listener to all the outskirts of the Netherlands. Investigating if local stories and legends are truth or fairytale.
For Visual Arts we take the lead with “In het Rijks”. In this podcast, curators, experts and artists tell remarkable stories about Artworks of the Rijksmuseum and their makers. We want to thank everybody for listening and voting and also the amazing team of people we get to work with on these fantastic projects.
Verborgen Verhalen: Marvin Jacobs, Maaike Luijer, Niek-Jan Lathouwers, Pascal van Hulst, Born05
In het Rijks: Frederique van Reij, Wieneke ‘t Hoen, Marieke Zekveld, Rijksmuseum
Last week the album "Romance in Hanoi" by cello player Ha Mien has been released in Vietnam. The album is an intercultural cooperation between our Ad van Dongen and Ha Mien, it's a meeting of East and West. Ad composed 4 songs and arranged 2 traditional Vietnamese songs. The album will be available on Spotify shortly. Meanwhile here's the videoclip of the opening song Firegirl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5zPvJmUN0o
Have you seen the Rijksmuseum online masterpieces tour yet? It grants everybody a unique opportunity to digitally walk in the great Gallery of Honour of the Rijksmuseum and experience all the masterpieces with our accompanying audiotours. Zoom in closer than you could ever stand in front of the Nights Watch and see the masterpiece in the highest detail. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to welcome you again and you’ll be able to see everything in the museum and hear all our audio tours ;-) Experience it for yourself at Rijksmuseum.nl
Every year, around 5 million tourists visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam. This year has seen quite a drop in these numbers, and we're sure we don't have to tell you why. The past week we've been working on bringing this great idea by our friends from Natwerk to life. To give the the followers of I amsterdam a little taste of our city, we made a 3D audio tour that sonically teleports you to different spots. Showcasing what the different neighbourhoods of Amsterdam have to offer. Right now we're waiting for better days. Until then, put on your headphones and immerse yourself in the typically Amsterdam sounds from the comfort of your home. Check de 3D audio experiences here.
We're thrilled (pun intended) to share the audio-thriller we've created with CODE D'AZUR for T-Mobile. In "Caller Unknown" we placed the listener in the middle of an exciting story using 9D audio.
Tasers, guns, dreams, fast driving cars, crime scenes. A true Hollywood story brought to life with sound design and voice acting by Monic Hendrickx, Victor Low and Sergio Hasselbaink. If you have time, don't miss out on this one.
Emerce Wrote an article about this project.
New work for Xbox. Yay! Xbox Series X powers your dreams, and for the launch of the all-new console, Xbox partnered with dream scientists and the dream recording technology, Hypnodyne, to explore what gamers dream of after playing for the first time on the most powerful Xbox ever. Our part in this collaboration with Xbox was to bring the dreams of visually-impaired gamer #BlindGamerSteve, to life through immersive 3D spatial sound. The result: “Walking in Steve’s Dreams” Check out his actual 100% real dream about Destiny , press play, and close your eyes . . .
Always nice to work with the great Murth Mossel. What a voice ... This time for Kansfonds, with their beautiful campaign for homeless young people.
The twenty-part series in which VPRO travels through today's Europe together with Geert Mak, continues.
We have already arrived at Season 3 Afl. 12 - The sex of the strongest. The hashtag #metoo conquered the world in 2017. But when journalist Tristane Banon told about the sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2007 and 2011, all of France fell over her. Watch this beautiful episode here, while enjoying the soundtrack we composed especially for In Europe.
Episode 7 of Verborgen Verhalen is finished, waiting for you in your favorite podcast app!
What is true of the countless stories about the hellhound? The animal with fire-breathing eyes would wander around in the Achterhoek, near the village of De Lutte. When you meet the beast, people close to you will be affected by disaster. And that is more than just a strong story, as our Pascal discovers during his search for this mythical animal.
Last month, the Hidden Stories podcast, which we produced for the ANWB, was number 1 at Apple Podcasts in the "Places & Travel" category. Yay! Great time to check it out! 8 stories from the ten-part series are now live. Stories in which you are taken to unknown places in the Netherlands. Each episode a mystery is unraveled for you.
Every year, TCS Amsterdam Marathon fills the streets of Amsterdam with runners from all over the world. This year the virtual edition fills your headphones with a 3D audio experience. During the experience, DJ MACKS (Max Krul) plays you the hottest tracks, taking you on an energetic run enriched with a custom made, Amsterdam themed audio experience. We recorded typical sounds in 3D, like bicycles, trams and barrel organs to give runners a realistic experience of running a marathon in this beautiful city. And of course it wouldn't be a marathon without people cheering you on from the sideline. Listen here and experience it for yourself. (Don't forget to put on headphones for the full 3D effect.)
Another day on the road with our beloved friend Henk, our 3D audio microphone. He didn't want to wear a mask, but luckily all of us did. Can you guess what we have been recording? There's a main theme going on here. The past weeks we've been working on this special project.
The recordings are finishied! We've included a ton of interesting interviews for Season 2 of #inhetRijks, where Janine Abbring interviews several guests about 17th century artwork. And the first episode of Season 2 is already online! It's about how sculptor Gregor van der Schardt made a self-portrait in 3D. Not particularly easy if you don't know what your own crown looks like 😉 Listen to the episode on your favorite podcast app. Or here at the Rijks website.
20 years ago, as three freshly graduated students, we founded Big Orange. Soon after we opened one of the first professional recording and production studios in the centre of Utrecht. Forward 20 years, 108 awards (#truestory), 1254 bottles of champagne and 5 kids, we are still going strong. Thanks to a fantastic team, great clients, and awesome friends and family. Our team members suffer from a weird kind of fatigue occasionally (see 4 pictures at the bottom), but we still carry them through making great music, producing the most bizarre sound design and recording the best actors in the world. Due to Corona, we can't organise a kick-ass party to celebrate this year, but we definitely will next year! @everybody: thanks for the great ride so far, and let's keep creating beautiful things together in the next 20 years!
We are very proud that Memorials of Amsterdam has been nominated for three Dutch Creativity Awards! In the categories Outdoor, Media and (extra especially for us) Craft - Sound. During Remembrance Day on May 4, Memorials of Amsterdam turned outdoor advertisiments into temporary interactive memorials to tell stories and honor the dead. In these short binaural stories (or 8D audio as it is now also called) you heard about events in World War II, which took place at the site of the outdoor advertisement. A truly wonderful tribute and an honor to be part of this fantastic team ❤ Special thanks to N = 5 Egotribe National Committee May 4 and 5
How have you been sleeping lately? For us it’s important to get some good rest after working in the studio. But what makes for a good night's sleep? And what are the most important factors for your bedroom interior? To answer these questions, We created a branded podcast for Rituals Cosmetics together with Born05. In this week's episode of The Art of Sleep, “the ultimate bedroom”, Michelle Ogundehin and Nerina Ramlakhan discuss exactly what a bedroom interior should be like and what you can do to make the most out of your nights' sleep. Presenter Chris Chambers and Creative Director at Rituals Dagmar Brusse reflect on these tips. Listen to the newest episode of the Rituals podcast “The Art of Sleep”