INTRODUCTION TO ALL THREE SCREEN PERFORMANCES
Dynamic Earth are running a series of audio/visual performances this Fringe inspired by the music of Pink Floyd and taking as their themes three iconic albums from the band –“Dark Side of The Moon”, “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall” and presenting them as individual projects.
Many people will already be familiar with the Dynamic Earth complex as an innovative and award winning educational visitor experience, but many might still be surprised to find out that it houses a 360° SHOWDOME, and this quote from their website pretty much says it all
“Packed with stunning high-definition 360° digital fulldome technology and explosive surround sound, our ShowDome invites you into an immersive experience like no other.”
I had the pleasure of watching all three performances over one evening, and although each work is very individual, there is a connectivity and a progression and development of ideas and concepts holding every individual performance together, and although these are separate reviews, this work really needs to be viewed as a larger overall project. Writing these reviews is, I am finding, more difficult than I first imagined they would be as I have to be careful here that although the music of Pink Floyd is the source of inspiration for this project, it is not what I am reviewing here. This is not an album review, but a “Dome Nights” review and the music and the visuals, although they work well, are at times an odd combination together as much of the graphics take the form of fractal generated psychedelic style imagery, and Pink Floyd had by the period of these albums moved far more into their mainstream rock band era. Perhaps “The Piper At The Gates of Dawn” and “A Saucerful of Secrets” will be other projects in the works?
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Of our three albums featured, “Wish You Were Here” is the second in chronological order coming out in 1975 after the immensely popular “Dark Side of The Moon”. In terms of where it fits into this project though and the visuals employed to give an extra dimension to the soundtrack of the album, it is to me the first “Dome Night” experience.
My reason for putting this album first in my performance list is that although it is from 1975, and after “Dark Side of The Moon”, this is the album that actually suits the fractal generated psychedelic images the best both in terms of the original music and what we are watching on our immersive 360 degree viewing experience. This screening is largely (but not exclusively) a psychedelic imagery experience. The exploration into many areas that is the expansive work of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and the many subjects it touches upon, including of course Syd Barret, makes this album for me the best match for the visuals – particularly as collectively the 10 parts of it (5 each side of the original vinyl album release) take up around half of the full running time of “Wish You Were Here”.
Outside of the fractal imagery, there are some interesting graphics on some of the other songs, and in particular “Welcome To The Machine” as we are taken into a trip deep into the heart of the beast of the machine itself. Some interesting visuals to accompany "Wish You Were Here" too.
Review by Tom King
Dome Nights: Wish You Were Here – Inspired by the Music of Pink Floyd
Dynamic Earth - ShowDome
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Dynamic Earth