Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Re-Rite, Be the Orchestra

RE-RITE, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Residency, breaks down the barrier between the audience and the concert platform. RE-RITE is not about sitting in silence while musicians perform on a distant stage. This ground-breaking audio-visual installation lets you experience what it's like to be in the midst of an orchestra playing live - hearing, seeing, and feeling the power of the performance from the musicians' perspective. You can even join in if you like.

The project is an immersive/interactive installation featuring a film of the Philharmonia Orchestra playing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Filmed on 29 separate cameras with microphones in each section of the orchestra, larger-than-life video projections and sound throughout the installation allow you to watch a particular group of instruments and hear what they hear. Special features include conductor and player commentary and a percussion room where an instructional video shows you how to play along. You can also 'sit' in the horn section and even have a go at conducting. RE-RITE lets you be the orchestra.

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