Created as part of his Fellowship with NESTA, the Sky Orchestra is a continuous research project that explores how one can perceive experiences in �sleep space'. Building on Jerram's funded research at the interface of arts and science, the project brought together performance and music to create visual audio installations in the air and the mind. Working with sleep psychologists Jerram's wider experiments in the nature of sleep may have applications to help trauma patients who experience recurring bad dreams through helping to steer and guide their dreaming narrative.
Staged in several locations over central England (during summer 2006) and again in Sydney, Australia (in January 2007) seven hot air balloons, each with speakers attached, took off at dawn to fly across a city. Each balloon plays a different element of the musical score created by collaborator Dan Jones, creating a massive audio landscape.
Funding for the research that culminated in the performances came from the Royal Shakespeare Company, AHRC, DA2 digital arts agency, NESTA, with sponsorship from JVC and Motorman.
A critique of the performances appeared in The New Statesman: Hermione Eyre
�Perchance to dream', 24 July 2006. National and international media coverage included BBC national news, BBC Radio 4, national newssheets. The sleep research that underpinned the performances was disseminated in the AHRC Podium news (issue 5, November 2006)
http://lukejerram.com/skyorchestra/Sky_Orchestra.htm/ contains the history of the research, collaboration with sleep psychologists and audio downloads.