Church Street



This performance is for a standing audience

A new concept in the presentation of live music...

[UNIT], the title of both the show and the name of the artists collective who have created it will be staged within a custom built 360 degree ‘surround stage’ of seven video screens and octophonic sound system housing both audience and performers. In this immersive multi-sensory environment the audience is presented with a heightened bodily experience. The audience are encouraged to walk around within the space which will affect both the sound and the visuals, meaning that they become an integral part of the compositional process and the performing experience.

Colchester audiences can be amongst the first in the country to witness this unique event!

[UNIT] is a collaboration between Colchester based composer and musician Anthony Bailey, composer, sonic artist and electronic instrument builder Bill Vine (who grew up in Colchester) and video artist Dan Tombs. Anthony has played with many professional orchestras, including the London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Chamber Orchestra. Dan is a much in demand artist who also currently collaborates with Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, East India Youth and The Charlatans.

Vine and Bailey create music that is experimental yet accessible on a variety of wind and electronic instruments. This combines elements of classical composition with improvisation and spontaneous interaction with the audience. The resultant sounds are transformed into moving images by Tombs, distorted, glitched and maligned to become the constantly evolving projections that surround the players and audience.

Bill Vine said ‘By blending unusual traditional instruments such as alto and contrabass clarinets with cutting edge electronic technology and Dan’s visual manipulations we aim to create a performance environment that is genuinely exciting. We hope to give audiences an experience like they've never had before, by putting them right in the heart of it, breaking down the barriers that usually exist between composer, performer and audience. By moving around they effectively become part of the performance, more engaged and actively involved than in a traditional front facing gig environment’.

The performance will be recorded binaurally to give a 3D sound effect and a download link will be offered free of charge to all audience members.

Following the performance in Colchester [UNIT] will tour nationally.

[UNIT] are associate artists of Norwich Arts Centre. It is supported by Arts Council England, Norwich Arts Centre, Escalator Music and Electronic Sound Magazine.

Doors open 7.30pm, performance starts 8pm.
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