Conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, performing one of the most spectacular pieces of music ever written. Universe of Sound is an extraordinary free interactive digital installation, allowing you to explore an orchestra from the inside out as they perform Holst’s The Planets.
Using giant visual displays, touch screens, unconventional projecting surfaces, movement-based interaction and planetarium-style projections, you can take part as musicians, conductors, arrangers and composers. Universe of Sound has been created by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The installation also features a new companion piece to The Planets, by composer Joby Talbot, called Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity.
Its première was presented in partnership with the Science Museum in London from 23 May-27 August 2012. This year the project tours to Canterbury from 27 April – 12 May, and Birmingham from 25 May - 16 June 2013, before being developed for international touring.
You can now also experience Universe of Sound at home on DVD and Blu-Ray, available from our online shop. There are also Universe of Sound resources online on Vimeo. Including video from the installation, documentaries and listening guides.
For more information and how to book, please visit the Universe of Sound website at universeofsound.co.uk