Roll up, roll up, roll up for the most ginormous, magical, spectacular musical coconut shy in the world!
The Sonic Balloon is a fun, interactive musical installation incorporating music technology, multi-instrumental composition, five three-foot helium balloons, and buckets upon buckets of balls.
You, the audience are invited to take over the orchestra and conduct a miniature symphony of brass, strings, piano, guitars and drums.
Take a handful of rubber bouncy balls*, bounce them off the floor and try to hit a giant helium balloon to bring in a section of the 'orchestra'.
Connected to each balloon are sensors which trigger a musical track which can be brought in or silenced at any time. As conductor, you shape the texture, dynamics and instrumentation, all the while experiencing music in a whole new light.
This piece was created in the UK by Timothy Tate, musician and composer in collaboration with Jay Harrison, electromechanical music technologist, commissioned by LLAWN Arts Weekend 2016.
No rehearsal, practise or musical expertise required . . . Step right this way and let the fun and music commence!
* though the piece was originally conceived to use rubber bouncy balls; for installations in locations where space is limited, the less bouncy ball-pool balls (larger, hollow plastic) have been used with equally great success.