BLOOM Illuminate - Light and Sound Display

UQ Lakes will illuminate from nightfall with BLOOM Festival's first ever light and sound display. The sound production titled 'Flourishing Hope' was written exclusively for BLOOM by PHD student Taana Rose from the School of Music, symbolising a future post COVID-19 and the rebuilding of a new world.

Date: 17 October - Sunday 1 November 
Time: 6-10pm, daily (everyone half hour)
What: UQ Bloom festival
Location: UQ Lakes, UQ St Lucia campus (access via UQ Lakes bus stop, or via Connel and Thynne road)
How to get here: Check out the UQ website to find out how to get to UQ St Lucia campus

About 'Flourishing Hope'

The inspiration for Taana's composition piece ‘Flourishing Hope’ was her experience at the 2019 BLOOM Festival as well as her interaction with the spectacular interactive audio-visual installations produced by UQ students from the previous years festival. 'The imagery of the beauty of the jacarandas in full lilac splendour', were also of great inspiration when finding the rhythm and movement of the piece for this years event. 

'Flourishing Hope' is a blend of electronic and classical music that is comprised of three main movements for everyone to enjoy:

  • The first movement combines a solo cello, flute lead, arpeggiators, and double bass instrumentation to augment the light installation
  • The second movement employs an electronic beat, a grand piano snow synth pad playing pentatonic melodies, double bass and synth bass to add drama and build to the third movement
  • The third movement is orchestrated for a string orchestra, utilising the various timbres of the string family accompanied by a reverberant self-produced beat.

Note: This piece was mastered at Studios 301 by Ben Feggans.

The face behind the music

Taana Rose, (PhD), Opera Composition and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, School of Music, The University of Queensland

Taana is a UQ PhD candidate who holds a masters in music composition and technology. She is a sound designer and composer for interactive virtual reality and has had her compositions played in orchestral halls by classical musicians during her Masters degree.

She created the sound design for Michelle Brown’s (The Bad Lament) virtual reality interactive experience Allegory Of Reality, which was exhibited at Vacant Assembly art gallery in 2019.

Taana's multidisciplinary PhD entails creating a new Gesamtkunstwerk for the 21st century, producing a new extended reality opera employing music scoring software, visual coding software, electronic instruments, traditional classical instruments and operatic voices.

Discover more about Taana and her work: