PREVIEW: Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked @ Symphony Hall, Sat Sept 28th

Official pic Live_Transmission ©Philippe Carly 600x600

Above image by Philippe Carly

This Saturday night (Sept 28th) sees the arrival of ‘electronic composer’ Scanner and the Heritage Orchestra’s collaborative touring show, Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked, at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Billed as a ‘totally unique audio-visual reinterpretation’ of the work of Joy Division, Live Transmission is a reimagining of not only the music of one of the UK’s most influential post-punk outfits, but also of their whole ethos as artists.

Early press releases hint at the show being less of a straight up set, consisting of orchestral cover versions of the band’s catalogue, and more of a ‘fearless dismantling of Joy Division’s visual and musical motifs’. This could mean that those going along in order to hear prettier versions of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Atmosphere’ may be in for a surprise.

Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked is built around Adam Betts and Matt Calvert, respectively the drummer and guitarist from noise-rock band Three Trapped Tigers, and Ghostpoet’s bassist – John Calvert.

Conductor Jules Buckley is charged with keeping those three (and the sizeable force of the Heritage Orchestra) in check, with electronic augmentation being provided by Scanner.

Birmingham born artist and Beat 13 co-founder, Matt Watkins – who worked on the Gorillaz design team with Jamie Hewlett, will provide accompanying visuals for the show.

These descriptions make it hard to fully imagine what to expect, but give us enough to be sufficiently intrigued. Matthew Osborne will be there for a Birmingham Review.

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