iPhone orchestra set to debut December 9th

New Arrivals Catalog Cover“A group of US students has created an entire orchestra out of separate iPhone applications,” Zoe Kleinman reports for BBC News.

“As part of their studies, the group from the University of Michigan built the applications themselves and composed music for them,” Kleinman reports. “While some of the applications sound similar to traditional instruments, others make unique noises. The iPhone handsets are attached to speakers which the performers wear around their wrists.”

“A live concert of the students’ original compositions is planned for 9 December,” Kleinman reports. “It will mark the end of their three-month course, run by Austrian computer scientist and musician Georg Essl.”

Kleinman reports, “Some traditional orchestras agree that smartphones have a part to play in making professional music. ‘There are lots of applications that are incredibly useful to musicians – our piano tuner uses the iPhone tuner application to tune Steinway pianos for our performances at City Hall,’ said Stephen Duffy, spokesperson for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. ‘Every musician I know who has an iPhone uses that application.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

6 Comments

  1. “our piano tuner uses the iPhone tuner application to tune Steinway pianos for our performances at City Hall,’ said Stephen Duffy, spokesperson for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. ‘Every musician I know who has an iPhone uses that application”

    Apple doesn’t make a tuner that I’m aware of. Which one is he referring to, I wonder? I use iStrobeSoft which is a brilliant tuner, better than any other tuner I’ve ever used.

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