with Aurora Orchestra | Decasia
- Aurora Orchestra
- Nicholas Collon (conductor)
- Michael Gordon: Decasia – a film by Bill Morrison (UK premiere)
Southbank Centre's 2012 Ether Festival brings the UK premiere of Decasia, widely regarded as one of the great cross-arts collaborations of the past decade.
Constructed from severely decayed archival footage, Bill Morrison's hypnotic, stunningly beautiful film was cut to Michael Gordon's matching soundworld of decay, with a large amplified orchestra playing music that Alex Ross describes as 'wedding the hypnotic aura of minimalism to the detuned snarl of highbrow punk'.
'A stirring, haunting modern masterpiece…' (The Guardian)
'This radical, experimental masterwork feels like the first film, and feels like the last film.'(Time Out New York)
'Compelling and disturbing! Swimming symphonies of baroque beauty emerge from corrosive nitrate disintegration as rockets of annihilation demolish cathedrals of reality.'(Kenneth Anger, filmmaker)
See: Southbank Centre