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INTRODUCTION

PULSAR is a revolutionary audio-visual installation designed to explore the human interaction between silence and darkness.

Sight and sound are two of our most precious senses yet they’re constantly bombarded with so much information that we can only process a fraction of it. The background noise to modern existence is overwhelming. Even the way we absorb information is fragmenting so what would happen if sight and sound were temporarily suspended?

INSTALLATION

Imagine you’re sitting comfortably in a large sound-proofed space, in total darkness. You see nothing and hear nothing, only your heartbeat and breathing and a few stray thoughts.

Time seems to stand still.

You’ve rarely if ever experienced this in your entire life and need a few moments to acclimatise. The room you’re in houses a 64-channel surround sound system which promises a unique listening experience. PULSAR will be presented in four separate performances each based on a different theme, each lasting about 20-minutes. After 5 minutes of total silence the performance begins. Sound and vision are slowly introduced. The sound is almost imperceptible at first and seems to come from everywhere. Subtle waves of sound start to build and fade, each one lasting about 10 seconds, about the length of a relaxed human breath. With a 64-channel surround system, each channel is a sound source. Sound can appear in one channel or throughout the entire system.

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Boris Blank

Boris Blank is the founder of the Swiss group YELLO and is one of the foremost electronic composers in the world. He is a master of minimal ambience and this is the first time Boris has composed for surround-sound. It will be somewhere between sound design and minimal orchestral.

Bart Hendrickson

Bart Hendrickson was the chief programmer and sample designer for Academy Awardwinning composer Hans Zimmer for 15 years. Apart from expert programming, Bart is an accomplished guitarist, pianist, singer, lyricist, string arranger and video-maker though his principal instrument is the drums.

Dolph Taylor

Dolph Taylor co-founded the Extreme Music Library in 1996 which has changed the face of music in the broadcast world. Playing drums professionally from the age of 17, he’s also an authority on ‘beatless’ ambient compositions and introduced the concept of drones to the mainstream.

Vision

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Matt Clark/UVA

Matt Clark at UVA (United Visual Artists) has been invited to create the visuals. There’s no central screen as the entire room is a potential light source. UVA is a London based collective founded by British artist Matt Clark. UVA’s diverse body of work integrates new technologies with traditional media such as sculpture, performance and sitespecific installation. Rather than material objects, UVA’s works are better understood as events in time, in which the performance of light, sound and movement unfolds.

immersive event from teamlab/macao

Ian Tregoning

Director

Ian Tregoning is a distinguished recording engineer, music producer and composer, based in London. In 1978, he established DO-IT Records which brought the electronics of M (remember ‘Pop Muzik’?) and Yello to a global market. This started a long-term partnership with Yello which included studio engineering, business management and music supervision. As a composer, he has written over 150 titles for TV and Film (Transformers, Homeland, Children of Men, NextWorld, Star Trek) and in 2016, he launched the Yello : Live in Berlin shows at Kraftwerk Berlin to great acclaim.

Joe La Placa

Developer

Joe La Placa has over 40 years of experience working in all aspects of Modern and Contemporary Art and Music. Formally trained as an artist, writer and curator he has become an art market expert who advises the world’s top collectors. In 1983, Joe founded the Gallozzi-La Placa Gallery in Tribeca, New York City and their approach was rather interesting. The gallery sold 19th and 20th century masterworks to fund the production of art works with contemporary artists, principally from the emergent Graffiti and Post-Graffiti Writers movement (Rammellzee, Futura 2000, Jean-Michel Basquiat). A close friend of Basquiat, Joe worked as the chief advisor on Jean Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real, a major retrospective of the artist’s work at the Barbican Museum in London in 2016 which broke attendance records.

Ray Gillon

SOUND

After 35 years of working in Sound Post-Production in the film industry, Ray still loves sound. He loves every aspect of it ; the composition, the technology that delivers it and the financial challenges, all keep him entranced. He has received an Academy Award (Goya) and three further nominations. Previous livelihoods were : international system design, Dolby Labs, music production and running round London playing jazz-flavoured guitar even at Ronnie Scott’s. He can also talk to you in an impressive number of languages. Motto “Anything you do, do it well”

Camilla Sommer

Operations

Camilla Sommer is an exceptional leader in event management. Since coming to London from Denmark at the age of 17 and starting out in the industry more than 20 years ago, she has managed production, planning, operation and ticketing for stadium and arena tours and shows, major outdoor events, festivals and a host of commercial and corporate events. Camilla spent 8 years travelling the world with WWE and a further 6 years with Nitro Circus. She has also spent over 10 years working on most of the major UK festivals and several stadium and arena shows for artists such as P!NK and Paul McCartney. Camilla is a powerhouse with an infectious passion for providing the ultimate show experience every time.