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NIMBUS

by: Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics

“Nimbus,” is the work of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s artist-collaborator, Yuval Sharon, in conjunction with composer Rand Steiger and artist Patrick Shearn.

Nimbus is an installation that transforms a transitional space into a performance site. The installation acts as a timepiece for Walt Disney Concert Hall as Rand Steiger’s commissioned music changes over the course of the day, alternating between computer generated musical atmospheres and compositions built from material recorded by soloists from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. These pieces, spatially distributed over 32 speakers, alternate with periods of silence interrupted by brief related sounds triggered by motion sensors.

Suspended 40 feet in mid-air – seemingly floating above the atrium of downtown L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall – looms a storm of colorful clouds.

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