Mars, the bringer of war, your remix
This digital grid is no longer available. It allowed users of The Space to experience the Philharmonia’s performance of The Planets, by Gustav Holst, in a unique way.
By clicking on the icons above you can go “inside” the orchestra as it plays each movement of The Planets. We start with Mars, Bringer of War, and will add subsequent movements in the coming weeks.
As well as listening to specific sections of the orchestra, you can hear the music from the point of view of conductor Esa Pekka Salonen.
To listen to the piece in full, as it would sound in a concert hall, press the play icon in the main video screen. The yellow slider below tells you where you are in the movement.
The six icons below the main player, on the left of your screen, offer you six different experiences of the piece, each of which focuses on the following sections: the full orchestra, the conductor, woodwind, timpani, brass and strings.
If you click on any one of these six icons and then click the play icon in the main window, you will hear that section of the orchestra much more prominently, as if you were sitting there.
Your Own Mix
For a completely different experience, you can also prepare your own mix of the movement. First, stop the player. Then by, scrolling through the piece, using the yellow slider above the grid to move the piece forward, you can select a variety of different thumbnails within the grid.
To play back this mix, click on the yellow ‘Play Highlighted’ button, to the right of the main video screen.
Alternatively you can simply press the ‘Select Random’ button and click on the play icon in the main video screen to hear a version of the movement created by this digital tool.
Visit the Philharmonia’s Universe of Sound website for more information.