THE musical genius of a 17th century Dutch composer will be brought back to life using contemporary digital technology at a blooming Ascot garden this weekend.
Pleasure Garden is the brainchild of Ballarat-raised virtuoso Genevieve Lacey. It’s a pre-recorded “sound sculpture” that comes alive when passers-by unknowingly activate sensors.
The weekend, to be held at Lambley Nursery, will be a test-run for the project to be subsequently rolled out to other locations.
Ms Lacey said she was inspired by Dutch musician Jacob Van Eyck, who would take popular songs of his time and reinvent beautiful variations of them as he strolled around his garden.
She said 32 speakers were hidden through the garden.
“The composition is interactive in a very subtle gentle way. People’s movement is tracked through the garden and their movement will trigger different parts of the garden. We want it to appear as incredibly light touch.”
The gardens will be open 9am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday, with entry to the Pleasure Garden free.