Following on from his world Premiere of Elegant Universe at Plutopia 2010, based upon quantum physicist Brian Greene’s extraordinary book, world-renowned turntablist, producer, philosopher, and author Paul D. Miller – aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid will perform the latest rendition of Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antartica – a music composition for string quartet – part of the multi-media installation, The Book of Ice, at Plutopia FutureMusic Summit 2012, on May 12th 2012 at the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas.
Supported by the Telos String Quartet, DJ Spooky will explore the impact of climate change on Antarctica through the prism of digital media and contemporary music compositions creating the idea of “acoustic portraits” of Antarctica.
Sinfonia Antartica is a kind of meditation about landscape and DJ Spooky encourages his audience to think about music as information, in this case about our planet and the impact of our attitudes towards sustainability.
Sinfonia Antarctica transforms Miller’s first person encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. Miller’s field recordings from a portable studio, set up to capture the acoustic qualities of Antarctic ice forms, reflect a changing and even vanishing environment under duress. Coupled with historic, scientific, and geographical visual material, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is a seventy-minute performance, creating a unique and powerful moment around man’s relationship with nature.
The amazing Round Top Festival Institute provides an idyllic setting for this extraordinary work. It is a chance to experience the coming together of the immense openness of Texas nature with the icy expanses of Antartica.
Sinfonia Antarctica is about the environment, sound, classical, hip hop, electronic music and what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.
Read about DJ Spooky in this article on the creative process from CNN.