Apps on Stage

An Award-Show in 2013: 8 musicians are standing on stage – holding a tablet in their hands. A music solely played with music apps – how can this performance look and sound authentic? What technical risks does one have to take into account? And why are they moving so funny on stage?

Due to their innovative instruments, consisting of smartphones and tablets, theDigiEnsemble Berlin was invited to play at the BMW innovation supplier Award 2013 in Munich on April 10, 2013. Two months before the show, the ensemble did not only practice the songs, but had to find suitable apps and figure out a light and video show for their performance.

This short documentary by Andrea Wieczorek and Lukasz Fabijanczyk gives an insight into the musician’s preparation for their performance on stage. Of course, technical problems and the quest for the perfect sound play a central role, but also if the musicians themselves can hear properly on stage, as they will play live without playback.

Playing an authentic and dynamic performance turned out to be the most difficult part of performing with apps on stage. Motion and choreography are a crucial part of that. Music apps don’t turn into in instrument by a simple “touch” – motion sensors and an expression pedal, which controls the volume, can create a dynamic sound. And last but not least: The musicians also do not want to come across as a bunch of computer nerds, as well…

“Apps on Stage” shows snippets from the DigiEnsemble Berlin’s everyday life on tour to Munich and reveal problems and details that have to be taken into account when making music with Apps on stage.

Production: Andrea Wieczorek & Lukasz Fabijanczyk
Camera: Lukasz Fabijanczyk
Videomusic: Michaeu da Silva & Bujanylas
Location: Munich
Date: April 10, 2013