BEF / Martyn Ware Announces One-off Hometown Show

Unique performance set for Sheffield’s Octagon in May

Martyn Ware has revealed that he will be playing a very special live show at The Octagon in Sheffield on 6 May.

‘Martyn Ware/BEF presents Music For Total 3D Sonic Immersion’ features a triptych of work curated and performed by Martyn Ware and special guests including Richard Norris and The Utopia Strong. The performance will feature a unique sound system configured especially to allow different elements of the compositions to be distributed around the auditorium in a multitude of three-dimensional soundstreams.

“Sheffield University made me an honorary doctor of music last year and as part of the deal they asked if I’d like to put on a concert at The Octogon,” says Ware. “I immediately thought I’d do it in 3-D sound. It’s going to be an immersive show where I will be performing some new versions of tracks from ‘Music For Stowaways’. In 3D. With strings. Can you imagine ‘Decline Of The West’ with strings? I’ve always wanted to do that.”

The evening will also feature work that Ware has co-written with his son, Gabriel, and a piece called “Almost Human – A Triptych in 3D” which he originally performed in 3-D with Adrian Utley and Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in 2018.

“It’s on 6 May, which is coronation day… coronation of the king of synth,” laughs Ware. “I won’t be wearing any robes, but it is going to be unmissable.”

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