Richard Slaney is one of the Creative Directors at 59 Productions, specialising in interaction and digital design, as well as consultancy on digital strategy for arts organisations. Recent projects include Digital Revolution, a new exhibition of digital creativity opening at the Barbican Centre and 'Lighting the Sails' of Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Live 2014. Before joining 59 Productions, Richard was the Head of Digital for the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) and Managing and Creative Director of Rite Digital, a digital production company owned by the Philharmonia.
Richard’s work and vision was integral in shaping the Philharmonia’s digital innovation and it is this philosophy he brings to his work at 59 Productions.
A music graduate, Richard’s previous projects include PLAY.orchestra; producing the Philharmonia’s Video Podcast series; and bespoke websites and films. In establishing the digital department at the Philharmonia Orchestra, Richard aimed to use technology to allow audiences closer than ever to the heart of the orchestra in unique interactive way.
Together with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Richard devised and created RE-RITE, the Philharmonia’s interactive audio-visual installation, which won two Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2010 and which has toured worldwide.
The success of RE-RITE inspired another installation with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia, Universe of Sound: The Planets. Based on Holst’s The Planets Suite, this installation premiered at the Science Museum, London as part of the Cultural Olympiad festival in 2012, and was also released on Blu-ray and DVD. Universe of Sound won the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for ‘Audiences and Engagement’ with the judges citing the project as having “provided a thrilling interactive experience for all ages.”
Richard also led the Philharmonia and Rite Digital’s involvement in a collaboration on The Orchestra, an iPad application that aims to reinvent the orchestra for a new audience, released in 2012 to critical acclaim.
Edinburgh Festival Chorus, The Royal Scottish National Opera, University of Edinburgh