Special Physics Related Event<br><i>Orbit Design</i> - Featuring Pre-Performance Talk by Professor Robert Savit</b>
1398 E. Ann St.
Composed by Derek Bermel in 2012, Orbit Design is a musical algorithm for performers of any discipline, in which improvised material is structured using pre-determined rules. Its concept is based around the dynamic, yet unpredictable, movement and interactions of three (or more) celestial bodies under Newton's law of gravity.
This performance of Orbit Design is a collaboration between the departments of dance and percussion within the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Performers are dispersed throughout the Observatory, while audience members can walk between rooms, experiencing a visual representation of the relationship between visual and sonic motion. Bermel's work is much more than a musical composition; rather it is a journey through time and space, as well as an exploration of human interaction.