Play.Orchestra - London Philarmonia Sound installation
Location: Royal Festival Hall
Company: London Philharmonia Orchestra
About music :This installation was to take place on the Riverside Terrace which was not very busy, though a lot of people would pass by. Some people were using the seating in the area to take breaks. We needed to make it a destination point, for all audiences.
The Philharmonia initially thought of having their website on the hoardings for people to take part in the sound exchange. We thought it was all a bit too abstract for people to come by and want to ‘exchange sounds’ through a website interface on a hoarding. So we thought through what a sound exchange meant to begin with: it was about taking part in the Orchestra, learning about the sounds and sending your own for a composition to take place. We noticed on the website there was a page of the orchestra scheme with all the instruments laid out in their particular spot and the sound they each make. So there, we decided to recreate the orchestra scheme on a stage with only seats. Each seat was labeled with its instrument. When people would sit, they would activate the sound of the instrument. All together, they would hear an entire piece, either classical or specially commissioned pieces. Once comfortably sitting and engaged, people could further take part in the orchestra by sending their own sounds via their mobile phones. My composition was made with all the sounds received and took place on the PLAY.orchestra installation in the last two weeks of its showing.
It turned out to be a huge success that the Royal Festival Hall directors could witness from their office windows not very far away. The PLay orchestra garnered quite a lot of demand for it from around the world.
Press: “A tour of musical traditions and places” … (The Times)
Another press article.
Thanks Philharmonia. I can’t wait to work with you again!