The Rite of Spring – A Sound Responsive Laser Performance

A sound-responsive laser installation set to The Rite of Spring, performed with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Arcade were commissioned to make a visual accompaniment to Stravinsky’s masterpiece. The project was produced by the Groninger Forum for the Timeshift festival in Holland, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the controversial first performance of The Rite of Spring. Our response was to construct a virtual architecture from laser beams, transforming the music into a dynamic forest of sound and light.

50 lasers were installed in the auditorium, each one connected to an individual instrument. Custom-built electronics allowed them to react the musicians’ performances; the louder the musician played, the brighter the beam. At certain times mirrors would be moved or unveiled to direct the beams to different areas of the auditorium, creating new abstract forms in space to compliment the different movements of the piece.

The resulting walls of light emanating from behind the orchestra and extending through the audience formed a direct spatial visualisation of the music.

Le Sacre du Printemps - North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Studio Arcade

Photo by Martin Lambeek

Le Sacre du Printemps - North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Studio Arcade

Photo by Martin Lambeek

Le Sacre du Printemps - North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Studio Arcade

Photo by Asami Yoshida

Le Sacre du Printemps - North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and Studio Arcade

Photo by Asami Yoshida

 

Addressing the orchestra

Addressing the orchestra – photo by Gerda Vrugteman

Testing the lasers

Testing the lasers

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