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(The Matrix)

Cinema in the 4th dimension …

MATRIX LIVE - FILM IN CONCERT brings the winner of four Oscars to the concert hall. The live film concert combines visionary science fiction imagery with the sound of a large symphonic orchestra. THE MATRIX is deemed to have played a groundbreaking role in the development of the science fiction genre, dealing with a subject of concern to millions of cinema goers at the turn of millennium: the border between reality and the virtual world. The film’s content, narrative and technical realization (e.g. the so-called ‘bullet time effect’) helped open up and propagate a new dimension of film appreciation.

The music: In his composition for THE MATRIX, Don Davis reconciles new music stylistics with the requirements of an action film, using complex and unrelenting sounds to portray the nonreality of the Matrix. ‘An orchestral challenge that may be one or two decades ahead of its time.’ (Jerry McCulley) MATRIX LIVE - FILM IN CONCERT is an outstanding musical and visual experience as well as a major challenge in terms of technical and musical realisation. The soundtrack, which has been adapted for the live production by the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE, contains the film’s dialogues and sound effects, its source music and those musical sound effects that are part of the orchestra’s score. The score itself is played live by the orchestra in time with the film. The resulting innovative balance between spoken word, sound effects and magnificent orchestral sound combines the three levels to create an emotive audio and visual experience, epitomising the clash between the natural and the virtual world.

The production requires (detailed information upon
- digital film projection, screen (e.g. 15m x 7m)
- surround sounding / sound system for the hall
- FoH desk for audio feeds
- orchestra amplification, including audio monitoring
- video monitoring for the conductor, sound, light, stagemanagement
- stage platforms for the orchestra, chairs, music stands,
music stand lighting etc.
- orchestra lighting
- 1 project manager
- 2 sound designers
- 2 cinema technicians
- 1 assistant to the conductor

The whole production (including the above staff plus
sheet music, film and audio feeds, rehearsal and press
material) is available from the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE.


“Never before were so many sunglasses seen at the Großer Sendesaal. MATRIX fans dressed to fit the bill had travelled from all over Germany to an additional special performance, sold-out twice over, throngs at the ticket offices, underhand ticket dealing, all for the drug called MATRIX LIVE: a symphony orchestra is performing, with all the pomposity of the late romantics, the complete soundtrack to the cult film including the opening and end credits – all done with the perfection and seriousness you would expect from a performance of Beethoven or Tchaikovsky.“ (Neue Presse, May 7, 2011)

“In contrast to a cinema screening, the orchestra’s accomplishment during the end credits keeps the audience glued to their seats. Only then does the audience stand to fill the hall with ecstatic applause. London really has something to look forward to.” (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, May 7, 2011)

“Davis’ use of the music to support the emotional effect of the imagery and his responsiveness to the changing tempi of the action are simply masterful. (...) Frank Strobel confidently conducted the complex and rhythmically intricate score, his orchestra following him enthusiastically through this strange musical landscape. At the end, musicians, conductor and composer received a standing ovation.” (Lübecker Nachrichten, August 29/30, 2010)


A co-production of the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE with composer
Don Davis, Warner Bros. Germany and Norddeutscher Rundfunk.

Neo, a hacker, is contacted via the Internet by a mysterious underground
organisation. The leader of the group, the wanted terrorist Morpheus, lets him in on a terrible secret: reality as we know it is just an illusory world. In reality, people have long been controlled by a sinister virtual power – The Matrix, whose agents already have their sights on Neo.


Don Davis

  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
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