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Jez Colborne from Mind the Gap shares a few soundbites in response to the Dean Rodney Singers installation on level four of the Royal Festival Hall / 3 September 2012

a man stands facing the camera doing peace signs with both hands

Dean Rodney leads 72 musicians from 6 countries in 23 original pieces of music

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The lift sings you onto the fourth floor of the Royal Festival Hall. After being invited into Dean Rodney's world you go through a series of installations. It's all very spacey, with a wonderful futuristic feel to it. There's a lot of cool stuff with a lot of light and shade. It takes you into another world where you can find both heaven and hell represented at one and the same time.

The graphics and the lighting are incredible; the way they change and the fact you can interact with it. The various spaces have clearly all been produced with a lot of very big technology used to create a dance club atmosphere.

People tell me I'm too old to enjoy drum and bass clubs - and here you are.

It' s great the way Dean Rodney has represented people from all over the world in the music and the graphics. He visited six countries over a three month period to take snapshots of film and music and mix it all up together for the installation.

I like the way the styles of music and image change really quickly within the spaces, so you don't know what's coming next.

You get a range of moods in the various spaces. Some of its quite calming and other bits are full-on, robotic. Everything is triggered really randomly. The music and colours tell you that you are entering a space somewhere between good and evil.

It would be a great artwork to take to night clubs where is everything is happening and Dean has reproduced that atmosphere well. It's totally opened my eyes to what can be done in a new and exciting way.