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Virtual Symphony Installations

The Mendelssohn Effektorium Uses Tracking Software for Conducting

— May 6, 2014 — Tech
There is nothing cooler than conducting a fake orchestra, especially when you severely lack any semblance of musical talent, but have all of your fingers. The interactive, virtual symphony instalment at the Mendelssohn Museum in Leipzig, Germany allows a user take the music into their own hands, literally.The Mendelssohn Effektorium by design studio WhiteVOID requires zero musical talent and no orchestra ensemble.

Users conduct an entire symphony with a 32-inch touchscreen acting as sheet music, and an interactive tempo tracking baton. Thirteen speakers correspond to virtual instrument groups (vocals, woodwinds, strings, bass etc.), allowing amateur conductors to include or exclude certain instruments. When the interactive baton is raised, the music begins. Using a LeapMotion sensor, the tempo of the piece is adjusted according to the pendulum intervals of a user's movement, while a Mac mini mixes audio to ensure an instantaneous sound from beginning to end. Despite a simplistic design, The Mendelssohn Effektorium is a fine example of artistic, interactive, remix culture, where the average Joe can discover the skillful conductor who lies within.
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