Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by the DigiEnsemble Berlin of the aria Großer Herr, o starker König from the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The oratorio is sung by Tobias Berndt.
The DigiEnsemble explores the state of the art of music performance on mobile devices. Music director Matthias Krebs chose the Bach aria with the intention of accomplishing a signifying step in the ensemble’s development.
Professors from the Berlin University of the Arts were consulted to optimize the musical adaption and musical interpretation. The technical performance level was enhanced by utilizing a number of elaborate controllers, including a new motion control app called MIDI In Motion by Florian Schwehn.
The DigiEnsemble documents the technical process behind their performance in this new ‘behind the scenes’ video:
The ensemble’s sound is created on the digital devices themselves.
Three apps run simultaneously. These are:
- ThumbJam as a sampler for all instruments;
- Geo Synth as the instrumental surface; and
- MIDI In Motion as a motion controller of volume, connected via virtual MIDI.