Jeff Mills at The Barbican


From Resident Advisor.

An obsession with space and science-fiction has long inspired Jeff Mills’s creativity. The Detroit artist’s latest project, From Here To There, which ran across five days at London’s Barbican, encouraged visitors to look beyond their horizons and explore concepts of travel, space, time and existence. The final evening culminated in an orchestral interpretation of Gustav Holst’s 1916 composition, The Planets, performed by Mills and the Britten Sinfonia ensemble. Where Holst’s score was inspired by astrology, Mills’s was a work of fact and science. He spent a decade examining NASA data to put together a score that closely represented the characteristics of each planet as well as the space between them. In the final piece, the tempo of the music was relative to the speed of rotation, while the length of the composition corresponded to the diameter.

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