The Anatomy of the orchestra
A LIVE SOUND INSTALLATION EXPLORING THE WORKINGS OF AN ORCHESTRA.…
I have never forgotten the first time I wandered into the middle of an orchestra, as they played. I was probably 8, it was a rehearsal, and the conductor invited me and my friend to see what it felt like, to walk amongst the musicians. It was an engulfing experience, all these disparate musical colours and timbres, bombarding me from all sides. A real insight into the inner workings of this beautiful great orchestral organism.
I have often thought of this; about how we might recreate that sense of engulfment, how we might design an orchestral environment where the audience member can literally climb inside it, making their own internal sonic mix as they move around within the group. In my early career I often played with the orchestra and audience in the round: we were halfway to this complete immersion. With The Anatomy of the Orchestra I have finally found a way of recreating that ground-zero childhood experience. Armed with an astonishing and enveloping piece of pulse music - Steve Reich’s The Four Sections - and a giant orchestra arranged like a sculptural installation, I can promise each and every visitor to our Anatomy a quite extraordinary sonic adventure.