Are you ready for the iPad to join the orchestra?
Either way – some composers, like Ned McGowan, are forging ahead.
This video captures some highlights from McGowan’s Concerto for iPad and Orchestra, performed by Keiko Shichijo on the iPad with the Sinfonia Rotterdam.
The video is so episodic as to make it difficult to get much of a feel for the work. But it does show how the iPad is being used, along with several software synths, to bring both an expanded range of timbres to the orchestra and new approaches to playing expressively.
Here’s McGowan’s introduction to the work:
Check it out and let us know what you think!