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Congregation [2019]

In Congregation the audience (of up to 100 per show) arrive at discrete locations in a city where they are given a silver sphere. They are instructed that the sphere will guide them to a location by emitting sounds that guide their journey. Simultaneously other audience members are being met at different locations and also being given similar spheres (see attached). Unknowingly all the participants are being led to one central location. As the audience members walk off holding their sonic spheres they will turn a corner to find more people also carrying spheres until the sphere carrying participants have become a congregation moving inexorably towards their common destination.

For the public, the sight of one person after another carrying a distinctive silver sonic sphere will create the sense of being in a performance that is taking place all around them, a humming electronic web of sound that will attract and engage thousands of passers-by in a strange processional science fiction ceremony. The mass of ‘singing’ spheres will be used generate an electronic musical composition at the final location with the participants being the orchestral players.

Concept, design and composition: Ray Lee

Software development, hardware design, and concept development: Steve Symons

Additional concept development: Stavroula Kounadea

Producer: Simon Chatterton