Nick Cave invited Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard to produce the audiobook for his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. Keen to create an immersive and transportive experience for the listener, the artists worked with excerpts of music and sounds provided by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis mixed with real-world audio recordings to construct an 8 hour soundscape. The audibook is designed not only enhance your experience of the novel, but also to disturb and punctuate it.
Exploring the boundaries of conventional technology, Forsyth & Pollard produced the audiobook in 3D. Working with a team of leading acousticians at Arup, the project required a series of custom computer programs to layer the “spatial time signature” of all of the multi-track recordings. The spatialisation script created by the artists became the basis for placing each discrete sound into both physical and emotional three-dimensional spaces. The result is subtle and immersive – something between a film soundtrack, a radio play and an hallucination.
The Death of Bunny Munro audiobook is read by the author and published by Canongate in multiple formats including a deluxe 7CD package with a bonus DVD featuring films by Forsyth & Pollard, a downloadable audiobook and as an enhanced iPhone App. The recordings were mastered by Will Quinnell at Sterling Sound, NYC and sound was spatialised by Terence Caulkins, Anne Guthrie, Raj Patel and Ryan Biziorek.
Following the publication of The Death of Bunny Munro a series of special events took place throughout Europe. Taking place in intimate theatre settings these unique shows were a mix of readings and live music, with Cave joined by Warren Ellis and Martyn Casey. The format of the evening was devised by Forsyth & Pollard, who also designed the lighting and visuals. Beginning at The Palace Theatre in London, going on to Dublin, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm, Milan and Barcelona, before returning for a final night in London. Special guests appeared throughout the tour, including Blixa Bargeld who read from the book in German and PJ Harvey who joined Cave for an impromptu duet in London.