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Broadband Lets You Play in a Symphony Orchestra

Telstra Gives $250,000 Grant By David Hague

Budding musicians will be able to experience the thrill of playing with a virtual Symphony Orchestra. thanks to world-first educational software announced today by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and digital entertainment producer, Digital Monkey, with a principal grant $250,000 from The Telstra Broadband Fund.

Adelaide-based Digital Monkey. in partnership with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, is developing the learning software application called ‘In the Chair’, that uses a broadband connection to place a musician within a virtual orchestra. The project is being made possible through funding provided by The Telstra Broadband Fund and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Director of Digital Monkey, Mr David Evans, said ‘In The Chair’ would provide a unique practice and development tool for both students and professional musicians.

“The software system places the musician inside a professional symphony orchestra. Through a broadband connection, you can hear your section and the rest of the orchestra around you as you watch the conductor and play along from your chosen seat, he said.”

“You can select the music, degree of difficulty and play your instrument with the worlds great orchestras through the program. This means you can be sitting in your living room in suburban Alice Springs whilst ‘playing’ with the London Philharmonic. The system will provide feedback on how well you performed and encourage you to correct any mistakes.”

“Music educators and young musicians themselves will be heavily involved in the creation of the software to ensure realism. ‘In The Chair’ will provide a seamless immersive learning experience for the budding instrumentalist through to the experienced professional.”

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Officer, Mr Nick Ladd, said this collaboration was important for the ASO.
“We have the flexibility to work on collaborations which are truly innovative and which lay the foundation for an exciting future. We believe ‘In the Chair’ is one such collaboration.”

“Orchestral music is a complex art form which continues to evolve steadily from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present day. The challenge for the ASO is not only to remain true to the tradition and relevant today, but to forge a vision for a dynamic future.”

Telstra’s national media inquiry line is 13 1639 and Media Centre is located at: 
BigPond Managing Director, Mr Justin Mime said ‘In The Chair’ showcased what combining innovative thinking and the power of broadband could achieve.

“Telstra is proud to be involved in accelerating the development of this innovative educational broadband product for the worldwide market.”  The aim of the Teistra Broadband Fund is to stimulate and fast track the development of new and innovative applications, content, tools or technologies with wide appeal for broadband delivery to Australian businesses, educational institutions and consumers.

More information on the Telstra Broadband Fund and a brief summary of all Telstra Broadband Fund supported projects is available at!

‘In The Chair’ will be available to purchase from early next year.

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David is the owner and publisher of Australian Videocamera. He has a background in media dating back to 1979 when he first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport, and went from there into technology via a 5 year stint with Tandy Computers.

Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.

David can be contacted via  [email protected]

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