A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to be invited to do a massive projection design for The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace when it was performed by The Community Church of Durham.

This is a massive choral work by composer Karl Jenkins, and is the single most powerful piece of music I have ever experienced.

You can listen to the opening movement here:

Sorry – the service that provided that (lala.com) has been shut down.  All I can suggest now is that you buy the album, but it’s totally worth it.

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When I first looked at the space (the Church’s sanctuary,) my reaction was that the whole space – walls and ceiling, were white.  This meant they were possible projection surfaces.  After some testing the overall scale of what was possible became clear to me.  Add to that lots of listening to the piece, and the choir’s concept to juxtapose religious and military imagery and a design began to take shape.

I could talk for a long time about the design process and the technical gymnastics required to make it all work; and I’m happy to post about that as well if there’s interest, but for now, I just want to share some photographs taken during a rehearsal.  Please click on the photos to view larger versions.

And just to give you a peak behind the curtains:

Here’s a photo of all of the computers and the main projections that made everything happen.