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I didn’t have a clue about Bowie, I knew the iconic red lightning face but that is about it. So seeing the ‘David Bowie is‘ exhibition was not really a high priority. But since I am a member of the V&A and I had a spare hour I thought I would go and see what was what.
As dorky as it sounds, my favourite part of this exhibition was the technology. In a normal gallery you have an audio guide, where you key in different numbers to hear about the goods. But Bowie was something else entirely. The audio guide picked up signals from whatever you were standing in front of and automatically synced the audio.
So as you walked past a video of Bowie talking about his writing process, you got his voice in your ear. And when you came across the glorious video to Boys Keep Swinging the music is suddenly in your ear – without you having to do a thing. I can’t believe what a difference this small bit of technology made to my visit.
It meant you were 100% immersed in Bowies head. And it was incredible.
A close second highlight was the final main room. The double height walls have been set up with massive video screens showing videos from live concerts. With the music flowing through your headphones and a benevolent (and youthful) Bowie looking down on you it is as close to a concert time machine as I could imagine.
And from the number of visitors congregated in that room it wasn’t just me who felt that way.
Regardless of your feelings on Bowie – go and see this exhibition. It will give you a new found respect for him as an artist, as well as showing off the masterful V&A curating.
Oh, and my V&A membership card really came in handy. When I arrived there was a line of about 40 people waiting to get in. I just waived my membership card and strutted to the front. Worth paying the extra just to listen to the outraged tutting of those waiting.
I freaking love how quirky the shows are at the Royal Albert Hall. Last weekend I went to a screening of Singin’ in the Rain. Thats right, I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see a film. The best bit? There was a full orchestra to accompany the visuals.
The sound quality of these old films was not brilliant, so as part of the 60th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain Neil Thomson has painstakingly recreated the score. It is as close to what Gene Kelly would have heard in 1952 as humanly possible.
Although the RAH did not have the ideal acoustics for the speaking parts, the music was phenomenal It was, without doubt, the best ever way to see it. Exactly as Gene would have wanted.
The Royal Albert Hall has got something very exciting coming up. They are doing a concert of Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton.
Thats right, the BBC Concert Orchestra will be playing music from Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland to name a few.
I managed to get a ticket for £20 – hurry up and get yours!
You can buy tickets here.