Scott Walker, crooner-heartthrob of the ’60s turned musical visionary of the ’90s and now, will be presenting his latest challenging release, 2012’s Bish Bosch, as a 3-D multimedia experience at the Sydney Opera House.
The project is a collaboration with multimedia artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, whose work includes a critically acclaimed re-enactment of David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust, and another of an infamous bootleg tape of a Cramps gig in a mental institution.
Bish Bosch: Ambisymphonic takes four tracks from the album, (“Pilgrim”, “Epizootics!”, “Tar” & “Dimple’”) and, in what sounds to be a Brave New World feelyesque experience, they are “remixed and spatialised into an Ambisonic symphony”, according to the Opera House’s website.
Audience members will be plunged into almost complete darkness and treated to a sonic experience delivered by a purpose-built geodesic dome of multidirectional speakers, programmed with the help of Walker’s long time co-producer Peter Walsh.
Since the release of Tilt in 1995, Walker’s work, while appreciated by critics for intelligent, intricate production, is all but inaccessible by anyone who doesn’t have a degree in music theory. Also he has been legendarily shy since his early celebrity; could this latest foray into the public eye be a signal of an emergence back into the spotlight?
The show is part of the Opera House’s Vivid LIVE series and runs from May 24 to June 2 with free admission.