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Airborne Music Performances

The Birmingham Opera Company Prepares for a Helicopter Show

— March 15, 2012 — Pop Culture
The Birmingham Opera Company is preparing to amaze aerial audiences at the London 2012 festival, a cultural affair that will accompany the Olympics come August. The chosen performance will be a rendition of Karlheinz Stockhausen opera's 'Mittwoch aug Licht,' an extremely complex piece that has yet to be fully performed. As if this wasn't difficult enough on its own, the group is set to perform a condensed version of the recital while on board four helicopters.

The show will surely blow the minds of listeners, if not for the helicopter's own sounds, which will be intentionally incorporated into the masterpiece. Although the organization is still in search of an appropriate landing zone that can accommodate the quartet and pilot crew (inclusive of audio technicians), the spectacle will be broadcast live on The Space, a BBC digital arts channel. For those who appreciate a tricky operation, be sure to tune in.
Trend Themes
1. Aerial Performances - There is a potential for the creation of additional air shows and sports events that feature aerial performances in which the aircraft is incorporated into the performance.
2. Innovative Music Experiences - Expect an emergence of artists and bands seeking to explore non-traditional musical performances and compositions.
3. Live Streaming - Live streaming performances are likely to become more popular as the demand for alternative viewing options increases.
Industry Implications
1. Music - The music industry can explore opportunities for incorporating unique backdrops and technology into live performances for an immersive and innovative music experience.
2. Entertainment - The entertainment industry can create events with aerial performances to attract a wider audience, utilizing more complicated technological elements to create an unforgettable experience.
3. Transportation - The transportation industry may want to consider high-profile partnerships with performance groups that feature using vehicles and transportation to create new immersive experiences.
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