Rumpus, a cinematic 360 film which was a collaboration between myself and Alia Sheikh of the R&D team at the BBC, was premiered at Ars Electronica 2019 in Linz, Austria. It employs 3rd order ambisonic sound (which means good spatial resolution sonically).
The film follows a modern-day Eurydice as she searches in London’s clubland underworld for Orpheus.
Visually decadent and thematically magical, the film’s imagery is counterpointed with a form of sonic voyeurism and ambiguity in sound-image synchresis. The over-hearing of intimate dialogue, the seemingly out-of-context sonic bytes caught in passing, the hyper-real details of sounds within noise. To experience the film you must enter into the unavoidable world of voyeurism which headset-viewing requires.
The area was staged to recreate some of the magic of the club-night that inspired it – ‘The Rumpus’