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Jon Hopkins - Ritual: Immersive Listening Experience
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Over a month out from its official release, we invite audiences to experience Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming album RITUAL (Domino) in its entirety, via an afternoon of spatial audio listening experiences at the ICA. 

The kinetic counterpart to Jon’s most recent release, the celebrated innerspace odyssey Music For Psychedelic Therapy, the new work is a single track, 41-minute electronic symphony, built from cavernous subs, hypnotic drumming and transcendent melodic interplay. Tense, immersive and ultimately triumphant, it is a culmination of themes explored throughout his 22-year career. 

“I have no idea what I’m doing when I’m composing. I don’t know where it’s coming from, or where it’s going. I just know when it’s finished,” says Jon. “What is clear is that this one had the structure of a Ritual. I know what that Ritual is for me, but it will be something different for you. All I know is it felt like a tool, even a machine, for opening portals within your inner world, for unlocking things that are hidden and buried. It doesn’t feel like an album, therefore, more a process to go through, something that works on you.” 

Lovingly constructed from many hundreds of constituent parts from a cast of trusted collaborators, Jon describes his role as akin to “building a temple”, with every brick and detail carefully fashioned and coloured in service to the whole.

The results of this joyful enterprise in sonic divination will be available for everyone to experience in full spatial audio listening sessions, at 3pm, 4.30pm and 6.00pm. RITUAL has been optimised for the ICA’s d&b Audio Soundscape system by spatial audio specialists Loss Gain.

Pre-order RITUAL here.
03:00 pm
Sat, 13 Jul 2024
04:30 pm
Sat, 13 Jul 2024
06:00 pm
Sat, 13 Jul 2024
Event Information 

• The event will start promptly at the advertised start time. 
• This event is 18+, with floor seating.  
• We have a small, raised platform to accommodate wheelchair users or others who require a chair. To request, please purchase a ticket, then contact 020 7930 3647 or access@ica.art    
• If you have other access needs or want to contact us go to the Access page or email access@ica.art

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