Friday, February 05, 2016

FAO Everyone: It's Here! The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra Collaboration Briefing!



Cast your minds back to the beginning of last term... You were introduced to Rose Lowry, director of the Orchestre de Picardie, and the celebrated work of classical music by Benjamin Britten, The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra:





You may recall too that Computer Animation Arts has been commissioned to produce a CGI animation to accompany live performances of Britten's work, and that you are all going to be involved in developing the art direction for this massively ambitious undertaking.  Don't freak out: I am very aware of just how busy this course keeps you on a day-to-day basis, so your involvement in this extra-curricular project is going to be calibrated carefully to ensure you can participate without being overwhelmed or pushed/pulled away from your ongoing projects.

I'm going to brief the YPGTTO project at 12.30pm - 1.30pm on Monday 15th February in Lecture Theatre 1.  All years are timetabled to be on campus on this day, and I'd like to see everyone in attendance - again, don't freak out.  We've co-ordinated a large-scale, crowd-sourced art direction project before, and it proved to be a hugely enjoyable and creative experience for all of us!

In short, we're being challenged to imagine Britten's tour of the orchestra as a journey through the different districts of a 'Kingdom Of Sound' or 'Metropolis of Music'.  Rose Lowry is a huge Game Of Thrones fan, and it's those opening credits of cities 'self-assembling' inspiring the initial approach.






This is a great opportunity to get involved in something rather special - and with an impressive shelf-life; upon completion, the animation will be screen in various European countries alongside their respective orchestras.   I look forward to seeing you all there on Monday 15th @ 12.30pm / L1.


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