Solo, yet tutti: App puts orchestra in your living room

phys.org | 11/13/2015 | Staff
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It's a musician's dream—rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but in your own living room.

And the immersive experience is possible because, yes, there's an app for that, courtesy of a French start-up, Digital Music Solutions.

NomadPlay - Algorithm - Sound - Components - Score

"NomadPlay" is all down to an algorithm which separates out the sound components of a score to remove any instrument as desired, fading out an oboe or piano part for instance, and allowing the home musician to join the fray.

"When we were young we all practised with records to get the impression we were playing along with the Vienna or Berlin philharmonic. That was very gratifying," internationally-renowned French violinist Renaud Capucon, 43, told AFP.

Nightmare - Parents - Thing

"But it was a nightmare when our parents heard us play because it just wasn't the same thing!"

Now, thanks to the app, "you're accompanied by an orchestra all on your own in your room—it's extraordinary."

Clothilde - Chalot - Hannelore - Guittet - Digital

Clothilde Chalot and Hannelore Guittet started Digital Music Solutions in Paris five years ago.

Their app can be downloaded for free on a phone or tablet and offers a catalogue of albums, ranging from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor.

Amateurs - Professionals - Pieces - Euros

Amateurs and professionals buy the pieces for between five and 20 euros ($5.60-$22.50).

Capucon, the app's "ambassador," offered AFP a demonstration of its capabilities at the Festival de Paques in the southern town of Aix-en-Provence in April.

Ravel - String - Quartet - Violin - Symbol

Taking Ravel's string quartet, he clicked on the violin symbol to eliminate the sound of the part, before accompanying the piece with his own instrument.

The concept is similar to that of karaoke, where fans grab the mic to provide their own vocals to the original backing track.

NomadPlay - App

Yet the NomadPlay app is more elaborate.

First off, you can search by level—beginner, intermediate, experienced or expert—or by instrument, as well as by composer.

Tempo - Bar - Part

You can increase or slow down the tempo, repeat a bar or part of a...
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