Michel van der Aa about holographic Opera singers and Avatar-style 3D effects: `It’s part of our DNA,’ he said.
Those freaks lied so many times to us…they even let us wake up for a second…now most of us don’t know what the real truth is anymore.
We believe the stupidest things and throw the simple truth on a pile of lies.
We have to wake up before we walk into their tar-pit of lies and fake appearances.
We have to start using our minds and to understand that they are not more human than we are.
We are ALL the same but in a different way!
Holographic images IS a part of our DNA…but not in the way they want you to believe…you were born with it!
Now WAKE THE FUCK UP from their shitty matrix and start USING YOUR GODDAMN BRAIN!
That is the only way humanity can survive!
Hologram singers, Avatar-style 3D effects and techno music: How English National Opera took a bold step into the future
The new ‘film opera’ blends live singing and a 26-piece orchestra with a recorded electronic soundtrack, and both 2D and 3D film – all in 110 minutes with no interval
The lush vivid green rainforest seems to burst out at you from the giant 20ft-high 3D screen at the back of the stage.
Leaves fluttering on branches look so close you feel you could reach out and touch them.
Standing motionless among the trees and bushes are two life-sized holograms, of a man and a woman, staring blankly out. In front of the screen three singers are performing on a bare stage.
Then suddenly, and eerily, the holograms come to life and start to interact and sing with the live performers.
This is Sunken Garden, the world’s first 3D film opera. It’s being rehearsed in a cavernous film studio, just a javelin’s throw from London’s Olympic Park.
Watching intently in the darkness, with copies of the score and the libretto spread out on a desk in front of them, are Dutch composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa and celebrated author David Mitchell, whose labyrinthine novel Cloud Atlas, with its six different storylines spanning centuries, was recently transformed into an equally epic $100 million Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant.
The state-of-the-art set
The pair of them are wearing black wraparound 3D glasses to enjoy the full effect – ‘I feel like Agent Smith from The Matrix,’ whispers Mitchell.
The new ‘film opera’ blends live singing and a 26-piece orchestra with a recorded electronic soundtrack, and both 2D and 3D film – all in 110 minutes with no interval.
There’s a cast of nine but only two women and a man physically appear – the others are holograms or talking heads on film. Verdi or Wagner this is not.
‘My generation and younger composers grew up in an image culture, with MTV. It’s part of our DNA,’ says van der Aa.
‘We deal not only with music any more but also with the visuals and what it looks like on stage.’
The story of Sunken Garden, written by Mitchell, follows Toby Kramer, a wannabe film-maker who is struggling to get funding for his latest project, an art-house documentary about people who have gone missing.
Eventually he tracks down two of them to the garden, a 3D other world where he hears how they have tried to escape from traumatic events in their lives.
‘The garden is an artificially created bubble between life and death which the lost and lonely can be seduced into, where the source of their pain never happened,’ says Mitchell.
But this beautiful, alluring paradise (filmed at the Eden Project in Cornwall) is deceptive.
‘It is an anti-Eden. Their souls and memories fuel it, and fuel immortality for its creator. This is the story of a soul-stealer, a vampire of souls … but without the vampirey stuff.’
Mitchell, who lived and worked in Japan for eight years, is fascinated by the transmigration of souls and what he calls ‘incorporeal reality’.
But although he has a practising interest in Buddhism, this is not a religious matter for him.
‘It is the fictional possibilities that come from reincarnation that I find irresistible,’ he says.
Then, as if he fears sounding too intense or pompous, he pricks the bubble.
‘I’m steeped in popular culture, too, including Star Trek – sorry, but millions of us are. Also, in a way, the sunken garden is like the Black Lodge from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.’
Alongside the fantasy elements – the vertical pond into another realm between life and death and the idea that the soul can leave the body – Mitchell has created moving backstories for the missing people. They are what he calls ‘the messy business of life’.
THE CONDUCTOR: André de Ridder has worked with Damon Albarn on his operatic works
To lighten the load there are also a few jokes and a comic character called Portia, the pretentious owner of a modern art gallery. ‘Let’s just say there’s more than a touch of Ab Fab about her,’ he smiles.
Mitchell clearly hopes the piece will appeal to a new audience.
‘I wasn’t born or educated in the opera world, and I guess I’d just say to people, “I’m on your side.” It isn’t two hours of extremely improbable singing — your ears do get breaks in the film sections.’
THE AUTHOR: Novelist David Mitchell, who has written the libretto
Composer van der Aa adds his own advice: ‘Ignore the word opera. Opera for me is more Radiohead than Mozart, it’s more David Lynch than one of the classic costume dramas.
‘I think our way of storytelling is a language that people will understand.’
We seem to be entering a purple patch for contemporary opera.
George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, directed by Katie Mitchell, has received rave reviews at the Royal Opera House, and The Perfect American, a new work by Philip Glass about the last years of Walt Disney’s life, comes to English National Opera’s London Coliseum home in June.
Meanwhile, Ben Frost is working on an opera version of Iain Banks’s novel, The Wasp Factory, and Thomas Ades is adapting the Luis Buñuel film The Exterminating Angel.
After London, this ENO co-production of Sunken Garden will also play in Amsterdam, Lyon and Toronto.
‘This piece builds a bridge between opera, film and pop culture, and I think the music is very 21st century,’ offers conductor André de Ridder, who has also worked with Damon Albarn on his two ventures into opera, Monkey: Journey to the West and Doctor Dee.
‘The music has a cinematic feel to it, too, and is a mix of angular, modern urban sounds, including some techno, alongside lyrical, almost romantic moments.’
While conducting, de Ridder has the added challenge of making sure the orchestra and live performers remain in synch with the 3D singers and the film.
FILMING AT EDEN PROJECT: In Cornwall, singers perform their roles
To make sure the sound on film and on stage matches, the singers wear microphones.
‘It seems opera has suddenly begun to feel comfortable in the 21st century,’ continues Mitchell, ‘and not to feel it’s an extremely expensive and rather elitist museum piece.
‘A generation of writers and composers steeped in visual imagery is impatient with some of the conventions of opera.
‘Opera is a staged dream so it has its own logic, but it’s an eminently spoofable form.
‘Madame Butterfly is a great opera but it’s easily ridiculed. For example, I don’t want a highly improbable plot.
‘I want the audience to care deeply about my characters and to feel pain when they feel pain. I really want it to hurt when the characters are hurting.’
The 44-year-old says the most heart-rending section of his new piece is an aria about a man who disengages from life because he holds himself responsible for a cot death.
‘Sometimes this really happens, so you don’t go there lightly,’ says the author.
‘And if that doesn’t have a strong effect on every youngish dad in the audience watching, then I haven’t done my job right.’
Mitchell is not a total newcomer when it comes to opera. He has written a libretto for another Dutch composer, also on a dark subject: a fireworks explosion that killed 23 people in the Dutch city of Enschede in 2000. He tackled it by telling nine simultaneous stories in nine rooms on stage.
Perhaps it’s not a surprise that he has bonded with van der Aa, whose earlier opera, Afterlife, was based on a Japanese art-house film and set in a limbo between life and death where people had to choose the one defining moment they would take with them on film into the next life.
THE ‘AVATAR’ CHARACTERS: The singers are transformed into holograms
‘I’d been looking for a writer for a libretto for a while, and then I read Cloud Atlas,’ says van der Aa.
‘I thought, “Wow, this is someone who really knows how to deal with a large structure but also writes in a very humane and poetic way.” I really cared about his characters and dialogue.’
The award-winning van der Aa describes his score as ‘kaleidoscopic, with influences from pop to jazz to more abstract music’.
He says his own taste ranges from Bach to Miles Davis, all the way through to the Brooklyn rock band Dirty Projectors.
The 43-year-old confesses he had an unusual entry into music.
‘I was having night terrors as a kid and doing a lot of sleepwalking – I was once even found almost falling from a window on the first floor of our house.
‘A doctor in our village suggested I should try playing an instrument to see if it would help. My parents bought me a guitar, and almost from the first week the night terrors stopped.’
GIANT INSECT EFFECT: A giant mosquito, as visualised by the designer
Don’t forget to look at the symbols in the end of the clip…..
I’m a big Stones fan… and I had never the intention to connect them with the Illuminati. But I can’t ignore it any longer… so with pain in my heart I post this pic.
The reason that we are waking up is because THEY did it with a design!
A GLOBAL design!
Their plan is to wake the people a little bit up and divide them in separate groups…if that is accomplished, A CIVIL WAR will take place!
It will be the second civil war the USA will experience in her existence.
After the USA, Europe and Asia will follow…. THEY (the Rothschild family, and that is a big one knowing that they have al lot of creeps walking around who doesn’t have the name Rothschild but still are a member of the family), they want that global civil war to happen.
It’s their way to accomplish ONE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT, ONE WORLD BANK, ONE WORLD RELIGION!
Now WAKE THE FUCK UP and stop believing their propaganda media!
The real power doesn’t come from `hate` but from the `truth`!
Free speech IN THE CYBER WORLD is a hoax!
That freaking `Watson system` of IBM is checking everything you write even before you post it.
Also TV, magazines and the newspaper doesn’t have free speech any more…it’s all under the all seeing eye of the Rothschild media.
If you what to experience FREE SPEECH…go to the street and start telling people about the NWO and their plans to rule the world by turning us into debt-slave hooked on internet.
The problem is that you will be arrested for that…so free speech is a HOAX!
Remember; the pen is mightier than the sword!
Do you want to survive the NWO shit?
GET YOUR MONEY OUT…and use it wisely!
GET YOUR GUNS… and use them for protection!
Learn how to grow your own crops, how to make simple weapons like bows and arrows and to gain clean water.
Keep in mind that technology isn’t a way to live or survive!
GET EDUCATED… and learn the basic rules of mother nature!
It’s time to wake up,
We are the illusion!
Apocalypse Now: Israel bombards Gaza for fifth straight day with nearly 1,000 airstrikes paving the way for imminent invasion
- Thousands of soldiers and hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles are at muster points along the border
- Hamas prime minister’s headquarters, police compound and huge network of smuggling tunnels were targeted
- Follows Hamas rocket strike aimed at Jerusalem
- Israeli military have targeted more than 800 sites since the operation began
- Egypt’s president will today hold four-way talks with the Qatari emir, the prime minister of Turkey and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo to discuss to Gaza crisis
- Palestinian militants in Gaza fired four rockets at the Israeli port city of Ashdod while Israel used an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery in Tel Aviv after it again came under rocket fire from Gaza
- Israel says its Iron Dome system has intercepted nearly 250 rockets since Wednesday
- Yesterday, the White House defended Israel’s right to defend itself and decide how to respond to the rocket fire
- David Cameron urged Israel to ‘do everything possible’ to end the crisis
- Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to go to the region for last ditch talks to avert full-scale conflict
Israeli warplanes have struck Gaza militants for a fifth straight day as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw ‘some indications’ of a truce ahead.
Forty-seven Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 12 children, have been killed in Israel’s raids, Palestinian officials said. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel, killing three people and injuring dozens.
Israel unleashed its massive air campaign on Wednesday, killing a leading militant of the Hamas Islamist group that controls Gaza and rejects Israel’s existence, with the declared goal of deterring gunmen in the coastal enclave from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.
The Jewish state has since launched more than 950 air strikes on the coastal Palestinian territory, targeting weaponry and flattening militant homes and headquarters.
The raids continued past midnight on Sunday. One targeted a building in Gaza City housing the offices of local Arab media, wounding three journalists from al Quds television, a station Israel sees as pro-Hamas, witnesses said.
Two other predawn attacks on houses in the Jebalya refugee camp killed one child and wounded 12 other people, medical officials said.
These attacks followed a defiant statement by Hamas military spokesman Abu Ubaida, who told a televised news conference.
‘This round of confrontation will not be the last against the Zionist enemy and it is only the beginning.’
The masked gunman dressed in military fatigues insisted that despite Israel’s blows Hamas ‘is still strong enough to destroy the enemy.’
An Israeli attack on Saturday destroyed the house of a Hamas commander near the Egyptian border.
‘So y’all better vote for f***ing Obama, okay? Madonna has encouraged her fans to support Obama by demanding they vote for ‘the black Muslim in the White House’.
Madonna has encouraged her fans to support Obama by demanding they vote for ‘the black Muslim in the White House’.
The Queen of Pop threw her weight behind the president during a concert in Washington, D.C. on Monday, before stripping off her shirt to reveal her massive ‘Obama’ temporary tattoo on her back.
It is uncertain whether Madonna truly believes Obama, who is a practicing Christian, is a Muslim – or if she was simply poking fun at the numerous Americans who think he is.
During the concert, she took a break to reflect on the state of the country, paying tribute to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
‘It is so incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House,’ she said as the audience cheered. ‘Those fine human beings did not die for nothing.’
She went on: ‘So y’all better vote for f***ing Obama, okay? For better or for worse, all right, we have a black Muslim in the White House, okay? Now that is some s***. That’s some amazing sh***.
‘It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, okay? So support the man, goddammit!’
Later in the show, Madonna took off her shirt and pulled down her pants to reveal the word ‘OBAMA’ written emblazoned across her back, The Hill reported.