Huang Ruo: City of Floating Sounds

A photograph of the composer Huang Ruo seated on a red velvet chair

Hear the strands of Huang Ruo’s new symphony grow and meet each other as you travel through the streets of the city – before a world premiere of the full score performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Aviva Studios

City of Floating Sounds is an invitation to connect with our surroundings and each other. Experience a shifting soundscape as you journey through the city. Can you find other audience members to create a richer sound?  

Pushing the boundaries of classical music performance, City of Floating Sounds uses cutting-edge creative technology to take music out into the city. Guided by a bespoke mobile app, make your way through the streets of Manchester listening to fragments of Huang Ruo’s meditative new work, recorded by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

As you get closer to Aviva Studios – and other audience members – the sound will expand, revealing more parts of the work. An opportunity to explore Manchester in a new light – the path you take and who you meet on your journey can all change what you hear.

On arrival at Aviva Studios, enjoy the world premiere of City of Floating Sounds performed live by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Hear the full score come to life with an immersive performance – this is a classical concert experience like no other. 

Artist and composer Huang Ruo is known for his distinctive sound that blends Chinese folk with Western avant-garde music. No stranger to composing for urban landscapes, he created a site-specific audio work in Manchester Town Hall for Music for a Busy City at MIF17. The project brings together Huang Ruo, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Creative Technologist Josh Kopeček from Echoes – a company that specialises in creating unique sound experiences through app technology. 

City of Floating Sounds asks you to open your senses to the city. What will you hear and who might you meet? 

Image: Wenjun Miakoda Liang

Credits

Commissioned by Factory International and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Produced by Factory International.

Coming soon

City of Floating Sounds arrives in Manchester in June 2024. Become a Factory International Member to be the first to know more about our 2024 programme, and be the first in line for tickets with priority booking.

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