Heritage Orchestra

Heritage Orchestra is the orchestra that rocks out arenas, messes with other peoples music, and keeps orchestral tradition in the cellar. Since 2004 this renegade ensemble has written it’s own music, veered wildly between genres, and collaborated with a diverse and high profile array of artists like Dizzee Rascal, UNKLE, Scanner, Bryce & Aaron Dessner and Aphex Twin.

They always embrace sound, visual, and adaptive music technology in ways that make other orchestras recoil in fear, and still they don’t play any classical repertoire.

Link:
http://www.theheritageorchestra.com/

Tim Cowie

Tim Cowie is an audio visual artist, specialising in documentary film making, motion graphics, electronic sound design and live multi-screen audio visual performance. He is a longterm collaborator at The Light Surgeons and was a full time artist in their east London studio up until December 2012, when he relocated to New York.  During this time he worked on a wide range of projects from installations for national museums to award winning short films.

Over this period he has become a major collaborating artist on many of their live AV performances. He continues to work on Light Surgeon’s projects as well as develop his own music and audio visual art. Tim also releases electronic music under the name Audio Dependent  and is part of the duo Infinite Particles.

Links:

http://www.lightsurgeons.com/tag/tim-cowie
https://soundcloud.com/audio-dependent
http://timcowie.com/
http://infiniteparticles.bandcamp.com

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PAST PERFORMANCES:

09/2011 – KL Design Week, Kula Lumpur, Malaysia
02/2012 – Unbox Festival, New Delhi, India
02/2012 – Edwards Talkies, Mumbai, India
10/2012 – We Can Create, Auckland, New Zealand
10/2012 – Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand
10/2012 – Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston TX, USA
03/2013 – Warick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
03/2013 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
03/2013 – Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, UK
03/2013 – Sage Music Centre, Gateshead, UK
04/2013 – Barbican @ Hackney Empire,  London, UK
09/2013 – Space Theater, OZ Asia Festival, Adelaide, Australia
10/2013 – Singapore Airlines Theatre, Lasalle University, Singapore
06/2014 – Lensic Theatre, Sante Fe, New Mexcio, USA
09/2014 – Live Cinema festival, Rome, Italy
11/2014 – MediaLive Festival, Boulder, Colorado, USA
06/2016 – Splice Festival, London, UK
07/2016 – Grand Performances, Los Angeles, USA
09/2016 – The Old Market Theatre, Brighton, UK
06/2017 – Gas Tower Stage, Shangri-la, Glastonbury Festival, UK

Christopher Thomas Allen

Christopher Thomas Allen is a pioneering media artist and filmmaker from London. He is the remaining founder and director of the multi-media group The Light Surgeons, a company he established after studying Media Design at Portsmouth University in 1994. His work crosses a diverse range of different media; from his back ground in graphic design and photography he has gone on to direct and produce many award winning short films and several major installation projects in national museums. 

His work as a performing artist has grown from the many different experimental audio visual collaborations initiated through his company The Light Surgeons. These ground-breaking multimedia performances have toured to many festivals and have helped to define the practice of live cinema internationally.

Link:

www.lightsurgeons.com/tag/christopher-thomas-allen

This project has recieved a generous grant for the arts from the Arts Council England’s UK national touring program for music.

This has enabled a new musical collaboration between The Light Surgeons and members of the Heritage Orchestra

 

Fauzi Yusoff

Fauzi Yusoff is a visual artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With a background in Digital Media from MultiMedia University, (MMU) Cyberjaya, his work explores the aesthetic ties between the audio visual and new media technology.

Since 2008, he has founded Efozy, a new media studio and has built up an impressive list of projects and collaborators, including Adobe, IdN, onedotzero, D-Fuse, The Light Surgeons, The Chemical Brothers, Pendulum, Benny Bennassi, Boysnoize, Pitbull, Above & Beyond, Godskitchen, British Council Malaysia, Canon, Yahoo, Monoloque and many more.

Link:
http://www.fauziyusoff.com
http://www.efozy.com

Who created it?

UK Tour Credits:

Performers:

Audio &  Video: Christopher Thomas Allen
Audio & Video: Tim Cowie
Theremin, Keys & Percussion: Ng Chor Guan
Violin: Kate Robinson
Viola: Amy May
Cello: Ben Trigg

Crew:

Lighting Design & Video Tech: Richard Gilson
Sound Engineer: Louisa Gladwin
UK Tour Producers: Tom Sweet & Alice Ceresole
UK Tour Manager: Tom Sweet

Project Production Credits:

Creative Director: Christopher Thomas Allen
Leading Artists: Christopher Thomas Allen & Tim Cowie
Camera: Christopher Thomas Allen, Tim Cowie, Fauzi Yusoff & Fariz Hanapiah
Editing & Post-Production: Christopher Thomas Allen, Tim Cowie, Fauzi Yusoff, Fariz Hanapiah, Jai Rafferty & Helen Omand
Production Assistants: Jake Dowling & Simon Bertheux
Research Assistant: Annie Kwan
Music Direction:Tim Cowie
Collaborating Composers: Tim Cowie, Chor Guan Ng & Eu Seng Seto a.k.a DJ Flica
Musical Contributors: Hands Percussion & Rhythm in Bronze
Sound Engineering:Shugar Studios
Music Producer: Hardesh Singh
Malaysian Producers: Joanna Lee, Adshrie Yap & Didi Ramlan
UK Project Manager: Alice Ceresole

What is live cinema?

The concept of live cinema is still a fairly new and developing genre within media art that brings together experimental approaches to narrative and non-narrative film making, with live music and the performing arts.

Rather than screening a traditional, linear edited film, a live cinema performance allows artists the freedom to experiment and improvise within a selection of different material, prepared video clips, audio visual samples or more generative code based plugins that can be run in VJ software such as VDMX.

This freedom allows the artist to present their work as a fully live and interactive performance, adding different audio and visual effects to their material on-the-fly. These different feeds of video can be distributed across multiple screens, layered, looped and edited to create immersive, three dimensional works that are very different to a traditional cinema experience.

Although live cinema works such as SuperEverything* rely on cutting edge technology, this project is also consciously looking back to its roots in cinema and the tradition of shadow puppet theatre, or Wayang Kulit as it is known in Malaysia. This ancient tradition is the original live cinema and is very familiar to millions of people across the world.

Wayang Kulit was brought to South East Asia by Hindu traders from India and utilises very ornate shadow puppets made from animal skins to tell the mythical tales from the Hindu Ramayana epics. These performances can last for many hours and are normally accompanied by a Gamelan orchestra who play alongside the “Dhalang” or puppet master who animates the puppets and provides all the voices and sound effects in each story.

This tradition of shadow puppet theatre is still very vibrant and alive in many cultures around the world today and its roots undoubtedly represent the beginning of  the cinema as we know it today. We hope collaborative, live media projects like SuperEverything* can harness some of the same energy of these ancient traditions and help to develop new forms of storytelling for today.

How can I get involved?

SuperEverything* poses many questions about how people form a sense of identity in a world increasingly dominated by information networks and fast changing social and economic landscapes.

To explore this question of identity and our search for belonging in this brave new world, we invite you to interact with the project by exploring our social media channels on Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, Soundcloud and following us on our Tumblr blog. We like to hear your thoughts and comments so please let us get involved!

We have also developed a custom piece of software that enables us to integrate live Twitter feeds into the visual aspect of the performance. This creates a unique way for the audience to comment and interact with both each other and the artists before and after the show.

At the start of each performance we present a twitter wall which displays live updates of the  #SuperEverything hash tag and ask our audiencea and online followers to engage in a conversation about these issues explored in the project or to just give us their “status” at that time.

So, if you use twitter in particular, please use the #SuperEverything in your tweets to become part of this conversation and this evolving digital arts project.