A Stunning Symphony Inspired by Near Death ExperiencesDead Symphony, created by Saskia Moore, is based on Moore’s own research of near-death experiences, discovering that the sounds and music heard are like miniature symphonies – lyrical, abstract, and beautiful by their very nature.

Award winning Saskia Moore has collaborated with acclaimed orchestra ensemble Apartment House to create Dead Symphony, a musical performance and immersive light show inspired by the stories of near-death encounters.

Between 7 and 10 August, the Arts Centre Melbourne plays host to the stunning performance, where the audience will sit surrounding the orchestra, giving an immersive quality to the miniature symphony

Moore, a Melbourne based artist, has researched near-death experiences and discovered that sound is one of the last senses present before death.  While most descriptions of near-death experiences focus on the visual – seeing a tunnel of light or already dead relatives – Moore decided to take a different perspective by asking:  what does it sound like?

With this intriguing premise, she set out to document and transcribe the actual music and sound experiences people heard when losing or regaining consciousness during a near-death experience. Moore has done her own research with pre-eminent professors in the field and also documented her own accounts of people who have had their own near death experiences.

In seeking answers she uncovered an occurrence that is both rare by account and potentially universal:  that of clearly hearing music or non-verbal sound from an unknown source once unconscious.

From the documented collections, Saskia Moore ascertained the sounds and music heard are like miniature symphonies – lyrical, abstract, and beautiful by their very nature.