Spatial Sound

Pathetique (2013)

Paul Oomen, Salvador Breed

In 2013, Paul Oomen created a series of spatial re-arrangements of compositions by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The aim was to create an experience that would engage listeners with the orchestra in various new ways – by extending the live experience of classical compositions with a spatial listening dimension, creating musical encounters between the orchestra and electronic musicians, and processing the sound palette of the orchestra into generative spatial sound sculptures. As a part of this, Paul Oomen and Salvador Breed created the installation work ‘Pathetique’ which uses the rich sound world from Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony and transforms it into an organically evolving sound landscape.