Published on Aug 13, 2011
english below // deutsche Version hier: http://digiensemble.de/ostinato
„Ostinato for 8 iPods" - Classical Music with smartphones
- DigiEnsemble: flutes and violins made of smartphones!
The DigiEnsemble Berlin is in uncharted waters. It plays classical music with smartphones. Now, they come out with comprehensive material showing how to make joint music with smartphones and tablet-PCs.
With its own composition „Ostinato for 8 iPods" the DigiEnsemble Berlin releases an own piece of music especially composed for mobile gadget. Oriented to classical music it meets the opportunities of a smartphone that turn it into an instrument.
„Ostinato for 8 iPods" is appropriate to eight players with iPods, iPhones or iPads. With a little practice it sounds like a polyphonic instrumental piece. Commented by words of its composer the sheet music for "Ostinato for 8 iPods" is published for free usage (http://bit.ly/DiEn_Oscores). The piece especially addresses those who have never learned an instrument or only rarely use it. The way it is designed opens the possibilities of making digi-music to everyone - even to beginners.
In its newly produced video the DigiEnsemble gives a foretaste of its prowess. From close camera perspective the art of playing can be seen in detail. The digi-musicians show how they play their instruments individually. Moreover the DigiEnsemble gives answers to questions not only musicians are concerned with: How does it work? What is special about making digi-music? What are digi-instruments good for?
The DigiEnsemble Berlin makes smartphones sound like music instruments. Eight partly classical educated musicians got together trying out how to turn iPods, iPhones and iPads into instruments. Everybody is invited to share this experience and turn school break, coffee klatch or regulars´ table into a smartphone orchestra rehearsal.
How does yours sound?
The DigiEnsemble is an experimental study group founded and led by Matthias Krebs that follows a systematic approach to playing on mobile devices (iphone, ipad & co). Regular meetings are held for group practice as well as discussion and refinement of the approach.
If you would like to join us for the ensemble or would like to have more first hand information, please contact us at [info(at)digiensemble.de]
* http://digiensemble.de (german)