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?
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Something very rare for me here. The updating of a review, but since viewing this one at an earlier date, the opportunity to view all three works together has not changed my views on the film, but given me a wider perspective of how it fits into the overall three album “inspired by the music of Pink Floyd” project, so it is only fair that the previous review is updated and expanded upon
Although “Dark Side of the Moon” is the first of the albums to be released in 1973, it is for me visually the second of the albums in this project as the use of fractal generated images is, compared to their use in “Wish you Were Here”, giving way to other CGI animation and a more progressive story line that the ten tracks on this album require. They are all very different songs, and that is reflected well here in our use of different film techniques – fractal generation, more traditional CGI and conventional cinematic film.
It is probably impossible to do this film without using the now iconic imagery of the triangular prism and its prismatic spread of coloured light, but it is sparingly used and more than compensated for by some very good visuals of space, the planets, the earth and of course “the dark side of the moon”. A song like “Money” will always leave itself open to pretty much one visual representational concept, and this one is no different, but many of the other songs are imaginatively interpreted here and often with good visuals to song lyric imagery.
Out of all three Pink Floyd music performances, “Dark Side of The Moon” is probably the one that is best balanced as a project and a large part of that is what the music of the original source material allows for visual interpretation.
The 360° SHOWDOME, HD computer graphics and the music of Pink Floyd combine into a perfect marriage here in an audience experience that is unique. This is probably “The Trip” that some Pink Floyd fans have been waiting since 1973 to go to.
You don’t even need to be a Pink Floyd music fan to enjoy this immersion into this digital world, just go along for the experience.
Review by Tom King
Dome Nights: Dark Side of the Moon – Inspired by the Music of Pink Floyd
Dynamic Earth - ShowDome
Aug 3-14, 19-20, 23-27
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Dynamic Earth