In November 2016, we had the privilege of performing Kile Smith's Vespers, for choir and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, here in New York City. Such a remarkable piece of music deserves to be shared in a uniquely powerful way, so we're extremely excited to bring you one a cappella movement of this awesome piece in 360 degrees and with spatial audio that adjusts to your perspective.
Please watch wearing headphones, and click+drag using your mouse to change the position you're listening from. Take in the spectacular Shrine Church of St Anthony of Padua, or close your eyes and immerse yourself in the middle of our ensemble. If you happen to have a VR headset (Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream/Cardboard, Oculus, and others) watch in virtual reality using the Youtube VR app (search "Khorikos") and simply move your head to hear our performance from the best seat in the house.
Inspired by Janet Cardiff's "Forty-Part Motet," this project was designed to give the listener the rare experience of being truly surrounded by music. Kile's gorgeous piece begins in four parts, splits into 8, and then finally 16 -- track individual members of the group as they come in, or stay in one place and hear the sound evolve around you.
This project was recorded and mixed by our Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning audio engineer Dan Dzula (for AMBISONIC BOOM) using a Core Sound TetraMic. Jonathan Bove helped us edit and assemble the 360-degree video. We're deeply grateful for their talent and dedication in making this happen.