Free Thinking 2009
As part of the Free Thinking festival of ideas, Matthew Sweet chairs a discussion in front of an audience at the Sage, Gateshead, in which Grammy Award-winning composer and music producer William Orbit reflects on his understanding of the world of sound, and shows us how we might hear things in a new way.
Orbit is most famous internationally for his innovative collaborations with Madonna and Blur, as well as his best-selling modern dance adaptation of Barber's Adagio for Strings. But he has a surprisingly wide range of interests. In a recent event for Radio 3 he set Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam, read by actor David Thewlis, to a contemporary elegiac piece of music.