To finally hear the Orlando Philharmonic play “Four Dimensions” and see Nathan Selikoff‘s work was a wonderfully mind-boggling. What an experience these last two days have been! Thank you, Full Sail University and Orlando Philharmonic! Jim Shelton, an important individual from the Friends of the Philharmonic, snapped some excellent photos of Friday night’s rehearsal and sent them my way.
In this shot, we catch one of the millions of amazing visual moments created in real-time by Nathan Selikoff. In this section the points from the Zero Dimension (earlier) join together to form lines, both musically and visually. These snapshots below, taken by Friends of the Philharmonic member, Jim Shelton, grab but a moment of activity – each one, quite astounding.
In the second Dimension, three running lines flow together to form planar relationships. Marc and Nathan devised a way that the accelerometer information from the Wii controlled the path of the lines that sped across the screen. Truly fun to watch.
A build by the the lines and planes in the orchestra, led by the EWI build in intensity, lead us into the third dimension. Slow, rich chords are heard by the orchestra, then each instrument section over which the EWI soars upward and downward to the extreme note registers. Three kite-like searay creatures soar together in a blue sky over a mountain ridge. The music slows to a pregnant repose with repeated piano chords, accompanied by harp, horns and strings.
A powerful sonic interruption rips a hole into the fabric of the three dimensional universe as the kites now blur in and out of the 3rd dimension to the fourth. Musically, all elements heard in previous dimensions are present, as they build to a final climax.
Thank you, Jim Shelton, for your photos – you’ve captured some great moments!