Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Light Rhythm Plays!

Light Rhythm Plays is an add-on to the current projects occurring in Penrith leading up to a large public son et lumier event, focused on supporting and expanding disability arts opportunities in the Penrith LGA. Light Rhythm Plays is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

The project is a partnership bringing together the experienced music therapy organisation Nordoff Robbins to work closely with the interactivity team at Illuminart, to extend the range of instruments that can be played in a public context, to include light drums, midi drums, and other types of instrument for group music/image playing.

Interactive... media art generated by drumming

Illuminart have been developing audiovisual instruments and sculptures for large scale events (such as Fractured Heart in VIVID festival in Sydney) but with Nordoff Robbins will develop and install a suite of small scale instruments for playing and refining in groups, building on the highly successful and enjoyable work the therapists already carry out, to create new forms of responsive music and image. Over 3 months the group will test out these instruments and the final stage will be both a public performance, and an installation that the public / audience of all ages will be invited to try out and experience.

The context of the final public performance and playing, will be to trigger melodies and accompanying animations in a sound and light environment specially constructed for the presentation of No Boundaries at the Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.