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7 November 2015
posted 9/11/2015

Martyn Ware's room for National Trust ‘One and All’.

Photograph by Sam Roberts.

Illustrious to create 3D soundscape at Raumwelten festival In Ludwigsburg, Germany
posted 22/10/2015

What makes a city unique? Architecture? Culture? People? History?, or is it also in the realm of the invisible?…

Illustrious have created an immersive experience based on the unique sonic fingerprint of the city of Ludwigsburg – and how it fascinatingly differs from other urban environments. 

Martyn Ware and his team have been researching and recording what it means to live in Ludwigsburg – they have spent time talking to the people and searching out unusual and particular sounds that help create a powerful sense of identity for this beautiful city.

After meticulously collecting, filtering and recording every significant element in the sonic DNA of the city, Illustrious have created a ‘magic realist’ impressionistic 3D soundscape taking us on an imaginary journey through time and space, through locations and history, including the writings and sonic creations of famous writers and composers…

Atmospheres of the markets and city, historical recreations, sounds from the past, insights into the proud inventiveness and manufacturing tradition of the region, parties and celebrations from the days of the Baroque in the wonderful castle, through to today’s music at Rockpalast, and most charming of all, the fairytale gardens…

Through the lens of the lives of everyday people, their passions and their experiences, we can re-examine the beauty and complexity of our own urban encounters.

In the Raumwelten pavilion, Illustrious will build an immersive experience which will transport you into a deeper understanding of the city and people of Ludwigsburg and shine a powerful experiential light on our appreciation of the sensory world around us all.

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware and his team have been researching and recording what it means to live in Ludwigsburg – they have spent time talking to the people and searching out unusual and particular sounds that help create a powerful sense of identity for this beautiful city.

After meticulously collecting, filtering and recording every significant element in the sonic DNA of the city, Illustrious have created a ‘magic realist’ impressionistic 3D soundscape taking us on an imaginary journey through time and space, through locations and history, including the writings and sonic creations of famous writers and composers…

Atmospheres of the markets and city, historical recreations, sounds from the past, insights into the proud inventiveness and manufacturing tradition of the region, parties and celebrations from the days of the Baroque in the wonderful castle, through to today’s music at Rockpalast, and most charming of all, the fairytale gardens…

Through the lens of the lives of everyday people, their passions and their experiences, we can re-examine the beauty and complexity of our own urban encounters.

In the Raumwelten pavilion, Illustrious will build an immersive experience which will transport you into a deeper understanding of the city and people of Ludwigsburg and shine a powerful experiential light on our appreciation of the sensory world around us all.

Martyn Ware

Festival No. 6 at Portmeirion, North Wales
posted 9/9/2015

Festival No. 6 witnessed a unique, immersive experience - a huge 3D soundscape covering the entire central piazza (60m x 30m) playing a giant version of Prisoner soundtracks together with famous Hollywood actor Sam Spruell (The Hurt Locker, Taken 3, Snow White and the Huntsman) playing No. 6., together with  members of the Prisoner Appeciation Society playing roles from the TV series

Directed by Luke Bainbridge, 5,000 people were astonished by the experience, definitely one of the highlights of this festival like no other.

In addition, Illustrious created a world-premiere 3D-sound version of the impressive new Kevin Allen feature film interpretation of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, to a rapturous reception.

posted 10/6/2015

Illustrious has been commissioned to create sound design and music for CITY RUN LONDON, the first in a series of mobile games set in real world history launching December 2015. This Tudor-Noir adventure follows a freedom fighter AKA “The Moth” across the City of London circa 1600 through Priories to Madhouse, Theatres, Jail and on with a smokey, sonic soundscape illuminating an intoxicating era, of glory and danger.

Thousands listen on the first weekend
posted 18/5/2015

The immense Illustrious 3D soundscape ‘The Crossing’ was officially launched on Friday 15th May, and will play on the hour every day until July 5th.

It features new orchestral compositions by Martyn Ware and his 17-year old son Gabriel Ware, and is already proving very popular.

Liverpool ONE today welcomed a world-first soundscape, The Crossing, in honour of Cunard’s 175th transatlantic anniversary celebrations.

 

Imagine 3D surround sound on a massive scale. The Crossing, an audio experience, can be enjoyed on all three levels on South John Street,  home to big name brands such as John Lewis and Debenhams, and now the location for the  first  3D soundscape technology within an open-air retail and leisure destination.

 

The soundscape’s creator and famed musician and producer, Martyn Ware was present to launch The Crossing, which is anchored in the extensive transatlantic links between Liverpool and New York, a special relationship which spans music, fashion, art, literature as well as migration and two world wars.

The Crossing, which will be in place from 15th May – 5th July, is a key highlight of Liverpool’s One Magnificent City celebrations and will play on the hour, every hour during retail opening hours.

 

In the heart of the shopping area, visitors to Liverpool ONE can expect to hear real passenger experiences dating back to 1840, literature from significant events during the 175 year period, all brought to life using the latest audio techniques and especially composed pieces of music.

 

Martyn Ware, founder of the specialist 3D audio composition company Illustrious and former member of both Human League and Heaven 17, said: “The Crossing is a world-first three-dimensional soundscape, a 30 minute experience featuring travel from Liverpool to New York and back, but also a trip through the history of the Cunard line and two of the world’s great cities. Creating this composition has been an amazing journey for Illustrious, and we’ve had fantastic support and creative collaboration with many people, particularly with the help of the staff of Liverpool ONE, and many other Liverpool institutions.

 

“I am very proud of what we’ve achieved together, and I sincerely hope that visitors to Liverpool, and Liverpudlians themselves, will enjoy the soundscape, and appreciate the enormous amount of care and goodwill that has gone into creating it.

 

“Liverpool, I salute you!”

 

Donna Howitt, marketing director at Liverpool ONE, said: “The arrival of The Crossing is a great moment for Liverpool. Built on top of the original 300 year old dock, here at Liverpool ONE we have the opportunity to celebrate our roots in trade, industry and culture and I can think of no better way to bring these fascinating foundations to life.

 

“The Crossing is a journey through sound and time and celebrates our shared culture born out of historical maritime links between Liverpool and New York.  We are delighted to work with Martyn, and Illustrious, to deliver a world-first experience, which will further enhance what the city has to offer to both regular visitors and, of course, first time cruise passengers.”

 

This year marks the 175th anniversary of transatlantic travel between the UK and America. The One Magnificent City celebrations officially begin today with LightNight, then attentions will turn to the widely anticipated meeting of the three famous Cunard Queens on the river later this month. Seven weeks of celebrations will be brought to a close with a series of special events over the 4th July weekend including a weekend of musical celebrations on Chavasse Park, a Guinness World Record breaking attempt at the most people on a catwalk, a vintage festival, classic car cavalcade and transatlantic food festival. The Crossing will be available throughout this seven-week celebration and will play every day during retail opening hours from 15 May – 5 July.

 

For more information about The Crossing visit:

thecrossing.liverpool-one.com

 
Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World Opens at SAM’s Asian Art Museum MAY 2, 2015
posted 1/5/2015

Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World Opens at SAM’s Asian Art Museum MAY 2, 2015

May 2–October 4, 2015

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World, a fantasy world created by the Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima (born 1974). Opening on May 2 at SAM’s Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features colorful large-scale dreamscapes printed on plexiglass, 35 drawings on paper, and an animation that will be shown in public for the first time.

The exhibition is the debut of Aoshima’s second foray into video work. She has teamed up with New Zealand animator Bruce Ferguson to animate her drawings into a living, moving world. Their first collaboration, in 2005, was titled City Glow and was met with critical acclaim. This video is titled Takaamanohara, which has great personal meaning for Aoshima. Takaamanohara (“the plain of high heaven”) is a place where Japanese Shinto deities reside.  A Shinto myth explains that at the time of creation, light, pure elements branched off to become heaven; while heavy, turbid elements branched off to become earth. Heaven (ama) became the home of the gods of heaven, while earth became the home of gods of the land.

Not formally trained in art, Aoshima graduated from the Department of Economics at Hosei University before going to work for the Japanese Neo-Pop artist Takashi Murakami, who eventually made her a member of his Kaikai Kiki collective.

 

Influenced by anime and manga, Aoshima stands apart through her futuristic view of renewal after catastrophe. She merges the cuteness of Japanese kawaii culture with a melancholic vision of a post-apocalyptic landscape.  Even with undeniably dark images, her work has a positive attitude. There’s no evidence of fear in her art. Her murals and paintings don’t escape from society or from the future. Instead, she embraces all possibilities, including a world where the skeletons and ghosts reside alongside the rest of us.

 

Through her work, Aoshima creates a fantastic world where she asks the viewer to reimagine the future. Who’s to say that as technology advances, as natural disasters rise, as the organic world blends with the manmade, that smartphones will not become smart buildings? That skyscrapers will not stand up and walk among mountains? That ghosts and spirits don’t already float through our world?

 

When asked about her inspiration, Aoshima answered, “The evolution of human civilization is great; humankind thinks nature precious, but it is difficult for humankind and nature to coexist. I represented these two souls that cannot understand each other through the images of buildings and mountains.”

 

This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. Presenting Sponsors are the Tateuchi Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Media Sponsor is The Stranger. Additional support provided by contributors to the SAM Fund.

 

Image credits: It's Your Friendly UFO!2009, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, color on Japanese rice paper, 27 9/16 × 24 in., ©2009 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. City Glow, 2005, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, chromogenic print, 66 15/16 × 66 15/1 6 in., Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/Galerie Perrotin, © 2005 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Rock, 2010, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, 6 7/8 × 10 7/16 in., ©2010 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Chicken Girl Looking Over Her Shoulder2009, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, color on Japanese rice paper, 11 13/16 × 70 7/8 in., ©2009 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

Illustriious to create huge 3D soundfield at Liverpool One Shopping Centre
posted 13/2/2015

In a celebration of Liverpool, its internationally renowned maritime history and transatlantic links, a seven week programme of events will take place under the banner One Magnificent City expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of people. 

Illustrious are thrilled to have been commissioned to create...

  • The Crossing, 15 May – 5 July: Stop by South John Street in Liverpool ONE for an experience never before heard in the city. Amongst all your favourite brands and great places to eat, drink and socialise, The Crossing is a world first in an outdoor shopping destination and will surround visitors to the city with the sounds synonymous with the special relationship between Liverpool and New York.  Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first Cunard transatlantic sailing, The Crossing will transport you from one magnificent city to another using unique 3D sound techniques developed by Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware and his company Illustrious. Be sure to step aboard The Crossing and set sail on an audio journey across the music, fashion and culture Liverpool shares with the Big Apple.

Martyn Ware, Illustrious Founder

“Illustrious are thrilled to be asked to create a world-first immersive 3D soundscape to help celebrate Cunard’s connection between Liverpool and New York, embodying the voices, sounds and spirit of transatlantic travel, then and now. The sheer scale of the sound experience will amaze and engage visitors to South John Street in a unique and exciting way during this city-wide festival.”

Donna Howitt, Liverpool ONE Marketing Director

“Liverpool ONE is delighted to be working with Martyn Ware and Illustrious to deliver an experience which will captivate the imagination of visitors in a totally original way. The city has so much to offer families, shoppers and indeed cruise passengers as it comes together to celebrate Cunard’s very special anniversary and the historical ties between the two cities.”

Collaboration with artists Tracey Moberley and Sarah Hopkins
posted 5/1/2015

Sense Of Steel is an ongoing collaborative multi-discplinary work, exploring the potential for artists learning each other's disciplines.

Throughout 2014, Martyn, Tracey and Sarah have been creating works together around the theme of legacy of steel - featuring printmaking, 3D soundscaping, ceramics, embroidery and painting.

In 2015-6 work will continuw, culminating in multiple European exhibitions showing the immersive and beautiful results of this unique joint creative project

               

 
Illustrious working with Blast Theory for the first time
posted 5/1/2015

Take a walk around Manchester and reveal hidden secrets.

 
Posing some seemingly awkward questions, Blast Theory Artist Ju Row Farr and Associate Artist Niki Woods will create this work over a series of 3 intense workshops with two groups from the Royal Exchange Theatre. The two groups have never met and under normal situations, would be highly unlikely to have such personal conversations with each other.
Too Much Information explores our expectations of young and old people, it looks at different life experiences and what we can enjoy and learn from each other from different points in our lives.  As you walk around the centre of Manchester these shared revelations are set to specially commissioned soundscore by Martyn Ware.
This is the second piece of work Blast Theory has created in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, following on from 2013’s My Neck Of The Woods.
 
Too Much Information is a new work by Blast Theory with a specially composed score by Martyn Ware. It is created in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Truth About Youth programme, supported by the Cooperative Foundation. It will be presented as part of FutureEverything 2015.