Fifth House Ensemble, composer Austin Wintory, and arranger Patrick O'Malley team up to create an original, interactive arrangement of the Grammy-nominated score to Journey for the ensemble's full instrumentation, with added percussion and harp. Mirroring the breathtaking synergy between score and action in this transformative video game experience, this arrangement is constructed in short trigger points that allow the ensemble to be responsive to the actions of a live game player in real time. In live performance, players join the ensemble, with the game's stunning visuals projected live on screen, as the ensemble seamlessly underscores their journey.
For a distillation of all that is promising, unique, and breathtaking in the video game experience — an experience in which gameplay, art, and music weave together on an almost operatic level — the most hardened skeptic might do well to spend an evening with 5HE and Journey. According to the game’s own website, “Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others.”
The evening-length program will never sound the same as each performance; every decision by the live player results in a unique musical outcome within Wintory’s haunting, mystical score.
About Fifth House Ensemble
Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational, and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves.
As part of their mini-residency, the ensemble will also hold two free workshops in Brandi Recital Hall:
• Thursday, Feb. 15, at 4:10 p.m. "Journey LIVE: Creating Community through Music, Gaming and Crowdfunding"
• Friday, Feb. 16, at 10:10 a.m. "Funding Your Arts Start-up"
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.
Friday, February 16 at 8:00pm
Rosse Hall Auditorium
105 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022