Live Transmission – Joy Division Reworked

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Live Transmission – Joy Division Reworked
An orchestral cut-up take on the music and aesthetic of Joy Division, 'Live Transmission' is a collaboration between electronic musician Robin 'Scanner' Rimbaud, the avant-garde Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, a three-piece band consisting of members of Three Trapped Tigers and Ghostpoet, and visual artist Matt Watkins. The performance, which was commissioned for the 2012 Brighton Festival and now takes off for a UK tour, breaks down and reconstructs the songs of the iconic post-punk band for a full orchestra, accompanied by eye-stretching visuals based on Joy Division artwork.


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This was a really disappointing show. Visuals were beyond poor, seeming like an amateurish try of an art school student to do something transcendental. Don't expect a version of the music, don't expect the real thing, save yourself 20 quid and play the album at home. Or if you have the spare money and want to enjoy the venue bring your mp3 with you.

If you are a joy division anorak then this might just be for you? but for the rest of us that turn up fully aware that this is not a( night of covers) but want to connect with the heart and soul of the music that was joy division in what ever form it manifests itself, then this limp wristed weak and sometimes unrecognisable attempt wont be for you . as it wasn't for me .lets just say if you dismantle a car into a thousand pieces lay them out and then point to a tiny piece and ask someone to name what car it came from while static noise is blasted into your ears .the three stars i have rated this is for the musicians not the composition.

I was so excited at the prospect of this reworked musical collaboration. The Royal Festival Hall never let's you down, wonderful venue, the sound quality, the auditorium - Scanner and the HO did an amazing job on dissecting and reinventing Joy Division but what happened to the visuals? Overall they were weak and amateur. They needed to be done by someone who knew and loved Joy Division, someone who would portray the passion of Ian Curtis - the depth, darkness and isolation of the lyrics.

I thought this was disappointing actually, the screen should have been a higher resolution LCD not projection as it looked dated and unclear, also the Orchestra were good in parts but the best parts was the music played digitally so why the Orchestra ? Also the visuals primarily at thes tart and throughout were not great. Plus the guard on at Southbank made us wait to get in so we missed 10 minutes of dreary visuals at the start. Really overhyped and not great.

This show is the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen. Forget cheesy orchestral covers, Live_Transmission is totally different and amazing, and is pushing a new direction in audio-visual performance. Can orchestras really do this??? Heritage Orchestra and Scanner - hats off! If you don't go to this you will miss one of the most extraordinary live gigs on the planet.