Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre says he’s in talks with the LA Phil to have a performance of his Deep Field. The work was co-commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 and had its premiere in 2015 in Minneapolis. A subsequent performance took place at the BBC Proms with Whitacre conducting. The composer appeared last night at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles to display samples of the work. When talking about his influences he mentioned film composers such as James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith.
The piece features one instrument you may not expect- your phone. The piece calls for the audience to download the app, Deep Field– an app Whitacre created himself, and press play at the conductor’s command. This will give off a sound no louder than a whisper. Play it with fellow audience members and you’ll get a texture you may have never experienced. It’ll be interesting to see the who the LA Phil decides to have at the podium, Whitacre or Gustavo Dudamel, whenever the work makes it Los Angeles premiere.