Eric Whitacre launches Deep Field on YouTube, a first-of-its-kind film collaboration with producers Music Productions, multi award-winning artists 59 Productions, and Space Telescope Science Institute. The project features stunning imagery from the Hubble Telescope, as well as Whitacre’s latest “Virtual Choir” project, which engaged over 8,000 voices from 120 countries.
On Friday, November 16, Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe, a unique film and musical experience, premieres at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and can be watched on demand on YouTube. The film joins Grammy® award–winning composer Eric Whitacre’s symphonic work Deep Field with the Hubble Space Telescope’s iconic Deep Field imagery, and features brand new visualizations and fly-throughs of far-flung galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters.
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Deep Field is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Grammy® award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre (Los Angeles, US), producers Music Productions (London, UK), multi award-winning artists 59 Productions (London, UK), scientists and visualizers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, US).
The film paints the incredible story of the journey of discovery towards the Hubble Deep Field, an extraordinary portrait of the universe revealed by Hubble when it was pointed at a tiny, completely dark and seemingly empty patch of sky—about six days of exposure over a period of 11 days. What it revealed was an image that contained over 3,000 galaxies scattered across space and time.
Created especially for this project, a new iteration of Whitacre’s ground-breaking Virtual Choir invited singers from around the world to submit their performances of Deep Field. Over 8,000 voices from 120 countries, aged 4–87, are seen and heard at the climax of the work, as the Deep Field is revealed.
Recorded in 2018, Virtual Choir 5: Deep Field joins singers from all walks of life including scientists, engineers, astronauts and personnel who worked on the Hubble program. With the producers working pro-actively to reduce barriers to participation, the Virtual Choir and its community were also able to welcome refugees, hearing and sight-impaired, and those with autism.
For Deep Field, STScI’s visualization team worked with 59 Productions to revise and adapt seven previously produced sequences to fit into the symphonic and astronomical narrative. The STScI team also developed four new astronomical sequences for the film.
On Saturday November 17 public screenings, presented by Eric Whitacre, will take place in the IMAX Theater at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Deep Field will be shared with the world through multiple film screenings, presentations, and performances with live orchestra and chorus in concert halls, planetariums, museums, music festivals, science centers, galleries, and events globally. The STScI visualizations will also be released to the public and made freely available online.
The nexus of art and science, Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe seeks to inspire and educate both young and life-long learners, and share the belief that creative thinking, art, design and music, lie at the heart of innovation.
Concerts and Screenings of Deep Field:
Deep Field can be seen on demand from Nov 16 on YouTube.
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, 2018: Deep Field will be projected in performance with the Charlotte Symphony & Chorus conducted by Christopher Warren-Green
Jan 26, 2019: Deep Field will be screened at the NAMM Foundation Grand Rally for Music Education
Feb 21, 2019: Deep Field will be projected in performance with the Brussels Philharmonic & Flemish Radio Choir conducted by Eric Whitacre
Deep Field is available for screening with live choir and orchestra, with the choral score on sale and the orchestral parts on rental. Please contact your local Boosey & Hawkes office for further information:
Photos: Marc Royce / 59 Productions
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