The first materialisation of the 'Remote Orchestra' concept was in September 2011, in Breslavia, Poland, as part of the European Culture Congress. Aphex Twin re-imagined two of the most famous pieces by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” , and “Polymorphia”, and he did an experiment with directing over seventy musicians (orchestra and choir) via “remote control”, using MIDI controllers and a code of visual signal triggered from a distance.
On 10th October, Aphex Twin will repeat the experience in London, at The Barbican Centre. The Cornish genius will direct a total of forty people by “remote control”. Among other works, The Heritage Orchestra and Choir will perform “Interactive Tuned Feedback Pendulum Array”, a piece by Aphex Twin, developed from the ideas posed by Steve Reich in his “Pendulum Music”.