The Sky Orchestra is an on-going research project and experimental artwork bringing together performance and music to create visual audio installations within the air and within the mind.
Sky Orchestra are developing music specifically for sleeping people which is delivered out of the sky, created by artist Luke Jerram with composition from Dan Jones. The Sky Orchestra is made up of seven hot air balloons, each with speakers attached, which take off (at dawn or dusk) and fly across a city. Each balloon plays a different element of a musical score, creating a giant surround sound experience for the sleeping public below.
The airborne project is both a vast spectacular performance as well as an intimate, personal experience. A form of provocative acoustic urban art, Sky Orchestra questions the boundaries of public artwork, private space and the ownership of the sky. Through the use of surround sound, Sky Orchestra aims to deliver a sculptural experience to the public, by lifting them into the creative space on the edge of sleep and then acoustically seeding their imaginations. To investigate the effects of sound on sleep Luke Jerram has been working with sleep psychologists at The University of West of England. A series of Dream Concerts have taken place and the Dream Director installation has toured the UK. Findings influence the development of new Sky Orchestra compositions.