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Nimbus

L.A. Times Article with Video

Time Out Los Angeles Article with Video

Interview with Yuval Sharon and Rand Steiger

LA Phil Nimbus Page

Information about the Music


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Nimbus
is a sound and light installation over the escalators in Walt Disney Concert Hall. It opened on October 1, 2016, and will be in place through the 2016-17 concert season. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with support from Meyer Sound, the project was produced by Yuval Sharon and The Industry, with music and sound design by Rand Steiger (assisted by audio engineers Ulysses Nieto and Yen-Chun Yang.)

32 speakers and LED lighting are encased in theatrical clouds, with the speakers projecting sound that reflects off the complex architectural surfaces above the escalator corridor (designed by Frank Gehry).

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The installation acts as a timepiece for Walt Disney Concert Hall as Rand Steiger’s commissioned music changes over the course of the day (7am-midnight), 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.

Nimbus also features a live performance element with vocalists from The Industry, performing throughout the day on Saturday, October 1, 2016 as part of Noon to Midnight and on Saturday, October 29, 2016 as part of Grand Avenue Arts: All Access.

Nimbus draws inspiration from Angel’s Flight Railway, the funicular that carried passengers up and down nearby Bunker Hill from 1901 through 2014. Just as the railway retained its identity while the city around it changed radically, our installation will transform the experience of riding the escalators and being in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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