A Galaxy of Suns premiered as the opening event for the 2016 Dark MOFO festival in Hobart, with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus singing the stars live. The work has since been performed as part of Bristol Biennial 2016: In Other Worlds, UK, with singers from Gurt Lush and Bristol MAN Chorus in the Staple Hill Tunnel. Additional performances have also occurred as part of the 2017 Melbourne Festival, in association with the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and Cementa 17 in the regional NSW town of Kandos.
The performance event features a 36-part chorus, singing the stars as they rise and set over the horizon. A specifically created version of the app delivers microtonal sonic cues directly to the 36 individual parts, in real-time for the location. Performers are spatially mapped across the performance venue to represent location across the galaxy, with the parts divided according to the ‘pitch’ of each individual star: the slower burning cooler red stars corresponding to the bass notes, and the faster burning hot blue stars corresponding to the upper registers. Sampled tuned percussion accompanies the chorus, with large-scale lighting tracking the progress of the choristers as they sing their way across the sky; the composition building until all 360 degrees of the horizon is represented in sound and light.
Dark Mofo 2016: Photographs by Lucy Parakhina, Geoff Gleave and Michaela Gleave
2016 Bristol Biennial, video Artur Tixiliski, sound Jonny Prynor
2016 Bristol Biennial: In Other Worlds, photographs by Roser Diaz and Paul Samuel White
"The assembled audience stared in slack-jawed awe"
"In their silver cloaks the chorus wove a spell on Macquarie Point... a bridge between Hobart and the heavens"
Clem Bastow, The Guardian
“an extraordinary choral work”
“With the combination of occasion, location, a still, clear sky, costumes, lighting and captivating performance, it made for a spectacular opening to Dark Mofo”
Andrew Ross, No Visible Means