Soundtracking the dome / Robot Koch: Sphere
Robot Koch returns after a three year hiatus, with brand new album Sphere. Stepping away from collaborations and focusing on instrumentation (including his own voice on two tracks), it comes across as a fully realised soundtrack – appropriately so, as it’s the soundtrack to an ambitious new live show. Read more on that below.
Listen to and purchase Sphere here on Bandcamp:
Sphere is also the soundtrack to Robot Koch`s ambitious new live show, which he has been developing in cooperation
with the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin.Together with visual artist Mickael Le Goff, he created a show for an immersivefull dome experience with surround sound. The live show will contain custom made dome projection visuals and music written and produced for a 3D / AV environment.Almost a year in the making, the visuals and music will take the audience on an excursion into the universe, visiting places that could be both the veins of an organism or the inside of a spaceship.
Like the album, the live show oscillates between the dark synth driven science-fiction moments of song like Lyra One and the beautifully melodic and haunted soundscapes which Koch crafted on songs like Movement III.
The visuals, created in 8K resolution were equally challenging, with a single minute of visual content rendering for more than a week.
The result is an immersive experience that will premiere at the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in October 2018, kicking off a tour in 2019 performing the show in planetariums worldwide as well as at music festivals capable of full dome shows.
The theme for the live show and the album is the exploration of inner and outer space, the balance between nature and technology, and the quest for the unknown which is ultimately a search for oneself.