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Brief Encounter 2019

Lancashire Encounter returns in full scale September 2020, but don't despair, the festival is coming to Preston in mini form as "Brief Encounter" for September 2019. 

You can enjoy Brief Encounter 6pm-10pm Friday 20 September. So, check out what performances there are to look forward to and make sure to save the date!

Chorus structures at night.

Ray Lee - Chorus, Preston Flag Market

Show times - 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. 

Chorus is a monumental and impressive installation of kinetic sound sculptures by artist Ray Lee – a British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art.

Towering above the audience a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches creating a pulsating, harmonic drone, singing out a hypnotic siren call to all those present. Red lights at the end of the arms create the effect of a whirling swarm of fireflies, or of planets in motion, like mesmerising orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings above the heads of the audience, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole, ‘a sticky flux’, that is both uplifting and transfixing. 

For more details visit Invisible Forces - Chorus.

Dan Fox's Shimmer structure.

Dan Fox - Shimmer Tree, Covered Market

Show times - running continuously between 6pm till 10pm.

Shimmer Tree is a 12-channel sound system that uses copper-alloy cymbals as speakers.  An immersive diffusion system with a natural metallic reverb. Each cymbal has a tactile transducer attached to a rod hanging underneath. Sound vibrations go through the cymbal tuning it into a directional speaker.

Arrays of super-bright RGBW LEDs up-light the cymbals. The velocity of the sound controls the intensity of the light and is mixed with programmed chases creating dynamic patterns and colours.

For more details see Dan Fox - Shimmer Tree.

Pendulum Wave Machine at night.

Travelling Light Circus – Pendulum Wave Machine

Show times - running continuously between 6pm till 10pm.

Twenty steel balls seem to float, like baubles of mercury, before being set in motion to become a harmonious wave of dreamy beauty as silver spheres fall mysteriously into line, then dissolve into chaos. The mechanical marvel is a fusion of science and art that delights audiences and has even more mystery when seen at night.

For more details see Travelling Light Circus - Pendulum Wave Machine.

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