The recording used 39 cameras to re-create the performance from various points of view within the orchestra. Each of these is available on the web-site, and via a grid of images and icons, you can hear what it is like from each of the orchestral sections (brass, wind, strings etc), but also you can select your own points of view (or let the system give you a random one). It is all great fun and I must say that once I got the hang of it, I spent hours playing with ti.
As an ex-orchestral player, the different points of view are not so much a novelty, but for the ordinary audience member this will be useful but rather fun tool. Not only are The Planets available, but also Jody Talbot's Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity, a companion piece to The Planets which was commissioned from Talbot.
You can get further information from the Philharmonia's Universe of Sound website and from thespace.org
Elsewhere on this blog:
- The Mikado - London Coliseum
- Gabrieli Young Singers scheme
- L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Royal College of Music
- Merton College Choir - Choral at Cadogan
- Don Quichotte at Chelsea Opera Group
- Passion and discipline - Russion Virtuosi of Europe at Cadogan Hall
- Creating socially responsible individuals as well as musicians - In Harmony Sistema England
- The Natural History of the Piano