Reader Matthias Krebs, a composer and sound artist, let us know about a new documentary, Apps On Stage, that looks at the DigiEnsemble Berlin & the challenges of music performance with mobile devices.
The DigiEnsemble Berlin, founded by Krebs), is made up of classically trained musicians that work to explore to challenges and to push the limits of live performance with mobile devices.
The DigiEnsemble’s performances are provocative and raise many questions. Why perform classical music on mobile devices? What apps are they using? Why not use real instruments? Is this more than just a gimmick?
Apps On Stage, by Andrea Wieczorek and Lukasz Fabijanczyk, answers some of these questions. It follows the DigiEnsemble Berlin’s preparation for a recent live performance and offers insight into some of the challenges they face in creating performances built around mobile devices.
“The most complex thing is how to play on mobile devices in a way that people love the show as a musical performance, not as a technical gimmick,” says Krebs.
Here’s an example of the DigiEnsemble Berlin at work. In the video below, they perform the aria Ombra Mai Fu from Handel’s opera Serse (Xerxes), with vocalist Anna Gütter:
Krebs posed this question to us: “What do you think, will there be more musicians with apps on stage in the future?”
Check out the documentary and the live performance example, above, and let us know what you think!