A Moment In Time: Sky Orchestra serenades Bristol from above

16 September, 2020

The International Balloon Fiesta graces Bristol once a year, excluding 2020 for obvious and unfortunate reasons. However, Sky Orchestra, an art project started by Luke Jerram in 2003, took to the skies instead, to offer an incredible Virtual Reality experience.

The VR experience allows viewers to join ex-BIMM Bristol guitar student, Jerome Gamble in 1 of 7 balloons, as they float through Bristol’s skies in one of the world’s largest surround sound artworks. Despite suffering from vertigo, Jerome was “never going to turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity” exclaiming that  “this experience truly took me out of my comfort zone”, he also works on a project called Sinyur and you should check out his latest music video!

The spectacle was captured in 360˚ by The Music Trip, meaning that people from all over the globe have the chance to watch this extraordinary event, almost as if you were there.

The Sky Orchestra last performance over Bristol was way back in 2003, with this being the first time there’s been VR access to their performances. The performance itself aims to deliver, in the words of founder Luke Jerram, “Something spectacular, yet somehow intimate” in turn creating a “sense of renewal, hope and rebirth” as we (hopefully) come to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The panoramic views of Bristol show off its beautiful countryside; a side to Bristol that is often talked about and with Grant Marshall of Massive Attack, Adrian Utley of Portishead and Bristol Poet Vanessa Kisuule, amongst others, collaborating on this project, the soundtrack is pure class.

Photo by Jon Craig

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