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6th of April | 9:00 am
Limina invite you to an immersive morning of music from world-leading composers and VR artists. From the Welsh National Opera's reimagining of Madame Butterfly to Colston Hall's incredible binaural capture of Steve Reich’s The Four Sections, performed as part of The Paraorchestra & Friends’ Anatomy of the Orchestra, via conceptual musical art - lose yourself in this range of boundary-pushing compositions, reimagined for virtual reality. This weekend breakfast-time strand refreshingly combines contemporary classical, minimalism, opera, experimental and electro-acoustic music with eye-opening & invigorating immersive visuals.
Act 1: Celestial Motion
Commissioned by The Guardian and Sadler’s Wells, this solar-themed VR experience is composed by the electroacoustic musician Daniel Wohl, who is known for “quietly erasing the line between electronic and acoustic music” (NPR). Celestial Motion melds incredible sounds with a performance from the Alexander Whitley Dance Company. The piece draws from solar science research data, in order to explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe. Celestial Motion aims to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.
- By The Guardian, Daniel Wohl, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, Shehani Fernando
Act 2: THE ANATOMY OF THE ORCHESTRA: A VR EXPERIENCE
The orchestra is a thing of wonder. It is also, invariably, a thing of mystery. To experience the magic of the orchestra is to experience the astonishing synthesis of sounds, textures, melodies and harmonies that come from numerous musicians performing in sync; creating a unified whole from many parts. How does this happen? Award-winning conductor Charles Hazlewood addresses this question in The Anatomy of The Orchestra, performed by The British Paraorchestra & Army of Generals and recorded with cutting-edge 3D spatial sound. Colston Hall & The Paraorchestra & Friends invite you to dive into the orchestra’s extraordinary world and sense its inner workings.
- By Steve Reich, The Four Sections. Performed by Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra. Conducted by Charles Hazlewood. Part of Bristol New Music Biennial. Produced by UWE Music Technology Department, Luke Reed, The Impulse Innovation & Enterprise Studio. Commissioned by Colston Hall and The Paraorchestra & Friends.
Act 3: Madame Butterfly VR by Welsh National Opera
Experience the iconic One Fine Day aria from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as never before. The piece has been re-imagined into a visually-arresting performance for virtual reality using the University of Bath’s motion capture technology, which beautifully highlights the longing and tragedy in Karah Son’s epic performance as Cio Cio San.
- By Giacomo Puccini, WNO, Karah Son, REWIND, University of Bath’s motion capture research centre CAMERA.
Act 4: Minotaur
Composed by Canadian musician Kid Koala with director Munro Ferguson, Minotaur is an experimental audiovisual journey through seven mythic stages: birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle and death/rebirth. Journey through a range of emotional states including calm, love, fear, anger, joy and surprise.
- By Kid Koala, NFB Canada, Munro Ferguson, Jelena Popović.
Act 5: Ex\Static
With contemporary classical music by composer Peter Stopschinski and visuals by VR pioneer Quba Michalski, Ex\Static takes its audience on an enchanting, light-filled conceptual journey to stimulate reflections on modern society, culture and our use of technology.
- By Quba Michalski, Peter Stopschinski.