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?

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Contemporary Mobile Music

The DigiEnsemble’s performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio played on mobile devices only at the Berlin Cathedral in 2012 was a huge success. In celebration of the Berliner Dom’s 20 year anniversary, the cathedral’s organist Andreas Sieling and the DigiEnsemble paired up and gave their first concert together on June 6, 2013.

For the anniversary show, the musicians composed four pieces. Their intention was to experiment with the sound possibilities of the cathedral’s interior architecture. They used 12 loudspeakers, placed all around the cathedral, and created new sounds as “frozen echoes” and “fluid music” (rainshower in the dom).

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DigiEnsemble Berlin plays BACH

BACH’s Christmas Oratorio on Mobile Devices

The DigiEnsemble Berlin exclusively uses digital devices to perform the aria “Großer Herr, o starker König” from the famous and glorious Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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The Sound of Winter

We are proud to announce that we will soon release a splendid smartphone-music version of the Christmas song “Silent Night.” The whole video will be released on Saint Nicholas Day, 6th Dec 2012. We have been preparing this special project since summer. Marc is giving you an insight into his perspective, explaining the special case of realizing “Silent Night” with the DigiEnsemble Berlin.

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The Realization of a Bach Aria

We are currently working on a rather big project: the realization of the aria  “Großer Herr, o starker König” from the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach. What a glorious piece! But as you can see, we are not an ordinary orchestra – here we do not utilize conventional instruments, we play tablet PCs and smartphones. The TV program Metropolis (ARTE) visited us at an early stage rehearsal of our new project. In the process of rehearsing it becomes clear to the viewer and us how we grew into the project and into an actual ensemble.

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Hard Rock: DigiEnsemble Performs “Word Up” at LinuxNacht

Channelling Korn’s take on the Cameo classic, we played a hard rock version of “Word Up”on our mobile devices at the LinuxNacht in Berlin in Mai 2012. It was one of several events in the context of the LinuxTag and concentrated on networking and development of social space. We were invited as a special guest and surprised the audience with making mobile music. We played different styles, but especially the rock songs proved popular. Here is a video of the hard rock song “Word Up.”

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Workshop @Vibe in Cairo with the DigiEnsemble Berlin

Cool, the guys from BLACKOUT STUDIOS made an awesome video from one of our workshops in cairo. Thank you!

The DigiEnsemble Berlin performed at the opening ceremony of the “German Weeks 2012” in Cairo. When we stayed in Cairo there we made a workshop at “Vibe for Developing Arts” to give a little insight how we are playing our mobile instruments individually. As you can see it was a lot of fun.

Aria “Ombra Mai Fu” on Mobile Devices

This video shows a performance of the famous aria “Ombra Mai Fu” in an experimental version accompanied on smartphones and tablets. The musicians´s aim is to try out how to make joint music on smartphones.

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