We're excited to announce that this week our project ACO VIRTUAL launches!

ACO VIRTUAL, a creative collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, is a world-first interactive experience that lets the audience take control and play with the ACO.

It's an exciting new format for music performance. Audiences and visitors essentially step ‘inside’ a performance, and are immersed in a 360 degree cinema experience, surrounded by the musicians in performance. Thirteen ACO musicians will appear as projections on gallery walls, while the music of each individual musician is heard from the direction of their projection. A touch-screen app placed in the centre of the room allows visitors to spotlight sound and visuals, highlighting one particular musician, a section of instruments or their own mix of players. Visitors can choose to display or hide the musical score below each musician’s projection.

The work also features an augmented reality app which provides smartphone users with information on each musician, their instrument, the music they play and its composer, as well as a take-home track of each piece of music featured in the work.

The build of the interactive project commenced with the production of a pilot interactive video installation, where four of the orchestra's musicians were filmed performing. The success of the pilot saw the project expanding in 2011 to feature 13 members of the orchestra in a 13- camera, 3D film shoot. Using state-of-the-art video technology, the musicians were filmed against green-screens to capture audio and three-dimensional images of each individual artist, enabling the installation to be mounted in either 2D or 3D.

Michela and Mish were thrilled to work with the ACO and with the talented group of people Mod Productions brought together for the project, including Paul Nichola, Cinematographer and VFX specialist, Cristina Dio, Producer, and Tamale Creative for Graphic Design.

Opening at The Arts Centre Gold Coast 1st to 23rd June, the installation will be touring Australia and the world, bringing world-class musicians closer to those who would not normally have access to such classical music and performance.


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