Joss Stone to “explore the universal language of music” in every country in the world

Singer/songwriter Joss Stone has unveiled a mammoth mission to speak to musicians from every country in the world to better understand the language of music.

The unique project, which is running parallel to Stone’s current world tour, has already seen her visit more than 138 countries and record informal performances with local musicians in each one.

She is using DPA d:screet 4060 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones to capture video collaborations with the musicians, and is also visiting local charities, where she films each visit so that footage can be release online and used as a platform for international fund raising.

“My mission,” she told DPA, “is to explore and understand the universal language of music in every country on this planet. The result of music has never been a negative one and it shows us that we all have something in common: we can all cry and we can all laugh. Music is emotion and in music we are all one.”

Stone’s long-term sound engineer, Chris Sennett, is capturing sound for the video footage with d:screet 4060 Miniature Microphones in the DPA Concealer.

“Joss’s collaborative performances with local artists are meant to be intimate and we often record at outside locations where we have to contend with ambient noise,” he explained.

“The d:screet 4060s are ideal because their small size makes it possible to hide them in Joss’s clothes so that they are not obviously in shot. We mount them in a DPA concealer that holds the microphone firmly in place and helps reduce noise from her clothing. This has proved to be the best, most consistent and efficient way to capture audio while still being ‘discreet’ about it. And, of course, it sounds fantastic, too.”

While accompanying Joss Stone around the globe, Sennett looks after all technical aspects of the production and records audio for the collaborations and charity visits. He also mans a camera whilst recording the collaborations as they only have one main videographer with them. Travelling with him are two d:screet 4060 microphones and two d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are used for Stone’s concert performances in each location.



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