We are a community of people coming from training in diverse disciplines - music, psychology, art, perfume, food. All of us believe the body listens to the world around it - we know the tongue listens to flavour, the ears to sound, the body to touch, the nose to smell.
We are creating spaces to play with the overlapping of the senses how it can feel as though the tongue, nose, body, skin are all listening to sound and in turn informing us how to listen.
Our approach is founded on the scientific and academic literature on crossmodality and the behavioural benefits of multi-sensory integration. The literature proves that our senses continually work together to deepen the experience of the sense being primarily stimulated. It also tells us that these multi-sensory approaches are actually good for us.
How do we make our creative choices?
We experiment through trial and error. We listen to the music ourselves, analyse it in terms of musical structure, history, tonality etc. and then from this informed place play with multi-sensory experiences that accompany that sound and bring out the themes we want to focus on.
Though we have an academic rigor our key devising principle is that it has to feel good to us and on our bodies in relation to the music. It has to feel synonymous with that moment of music.
We want to continue to create spaces which encourage listening in our audiences. And we believe these spaces are needed now more than ever. We want to reach more people than we can currently reach with our model.
SO... our final question is...
How can we create a BitterSuite which retains the integrity of care, intimacy and listening but allows us to connect with a larger audience?