Technology Projects

Apr 21, 2010

From the League of American Orchestras, here are some featured technology projects, including Second Life orchestras, Internet radio (also known as webcasting), and podcasts.

Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir (see video below) combines individual singers from various countries recorded independently, which Whitacre conducts through a YouTube video. The videos are combined by producer Scottie Haines to make the singers appear as if they are on risers, with Whitacre in the traditional conductor’s position.


The world's first collaborative online orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall on April 15, 2009. Selected by the YouTube community and several members of the world's most renowned orchestras, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra is made up of over 96 professional and amateur musicians from 30+ countries and territories on six continents and represents 26 different instruments.

At OSU's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, a virtual theater interface was designed for theater students that impacted the entire theater department's pedagogy. The interface was constructed around a virtual stage - a simulated 3D space which allows the user to enter and explore the environment and also to interact with its content by controlling lighting, movement, and design elements built into it. The interface enables a range of different virtual performances to be mounted under the interactive control of the user. The project involved the construction of a detailed simulation of the Department's Roy Bowen Theater, a 250-seat thrust stage located in Drake Union.

Second Front is a pioneering performance art group in Second Life. Taking their influences from numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist International, and contemporary performance artists such as Laurie Anderson and Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Second Front creates score-based performances and interventions that challenge notions of traditional performance, virtual embodiment and the culture of immateriality.
Second Front performed this e-happening live at Toronto's Subtle Technologies festival:


Ballet Pixelle, formerly Second Life Ballet, produces professional dance performances in the 3D virtual world. New ballets are premiered with original stories, choreography, and music with dancers from around the world all dancing together in one space.

Tags: orchestra, secondlife, Internet, streamingmedia, virtual

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