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Our People: Kevin Luckhurst.

24/04/2020

Creating unique, interactive audiovisual experiences.

Kevin is based in our London office and leads the Audiovisual design group.

From a young age…

…I have been passionate about music. I studied Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University before starting as an Acoustician at Vanguardia. For more than 15 years I have also produced my own music and toured internationally (until I got out of touch and washed up!), I then joined Hoare Lea in 2017.

Moving to Hoare Lea…

…was a breath of fresh air. It allowed me to adjust my career towards audio and video design specifically for arts and culture. I get to work on some fantastic, unique and creative projects. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t have a passion for the projects you work on, you aren’t going to perform at your best.

My longest project…

…was the London Olympic Stadium and its later transformation into West Ham United’s football ground. I started on this on the first day of my career and finished it eight years later!

Getting the perfect design takes time and meticulous planning. There are no quick fixes.

I have also worked on other major venues like Wimbledon, Twickenham Stadium and The Royal Albert Hall, as well as numerous music festivals like Reading, Lovebox and Download.

Most of us don’t realise…

…that we have experienced immersive audio. If you go to the cinema, you are in an audio experience as you are enveloped in sound. It is often the unsung hero of projects…

You may not notice, but we are usually immersed in sound. It just depends on how you choose to listen.

Our Audiovisual design…

…can span across most sectors and audiences. We have recently designed an immersive audio systems with over 70 loudspeakers on multiple levels. This provides a dynamic and enveloping listening experience, and a canvas for producers to think creatively and experiment with sound.

We can use this to produce both exciting and dramatic environments for theatres, cinemas or stadiums, but also calmer, natural spaces for spas, shopping centres or meditation rooms.

When used properly, Audiovisual design can create and share a powerful message. Audiences can better connect with the content, interact with it and, most importantly, leave with a lasting memory of what was seen or heard.

Creative spaces and engineering…

…should go hand in hand. Immersive audiovisual projects are being delivered frequently, however it is common that on completion there is no production team in place, or the taskforce isn’t up to speed with their new system. We’re tackling this by producing multichannel soundscapes, sound design, music composition, coding and app development to assist the client and production teams while they get their own workflows in place.

Whilst we can just design, I believe to get the most out of creative spaces and give the most to our audiences, we need to offer services to smooth the transition. This is the bit we love most.

Outside of work…

…I love to hang out with my young family. I still produce music and I’m currently learning the piano. I’m also passionate about photography and you’ll often find me behind I camera. My favourite place is the coast. We visit this a lot and do sea swimming (when it’s a bit warmer and we’re allowed outside!)