Sunday, September 18, 2011
I went to a concert in the Darling Foundry. This former industrial space is used mainly as an art gallery, but this is the third time I have been there for a concert. The high ceilings and hard surfaces make for quite resonant acoustics. The idea of the concert was to experience live surround sound with four choir music of the Italian Renaissance. People were invited to move around and to come into the centre of the space so the choirs were on the exterior. Some of us were sitting on chairs, others stood. While the music was glorious and the sound really travelled from choir to choir, it was distracting to have people walking during the music. An interesting experiment, but not entirely musically satisfying.