A bit different from some of DigiEnsemble’s previous performances, but you have to admit, it’s quite impressive isn’t it? Just shows what you can do with a few mobile devices.

Here’s the video’s description:

The DigiEnsemble Berlin is one of the first repertoire- and ensemble-based performance groups of its kind playing on mobile devices only. http://digiensemble.de

The video shows a piece of “Hard Rock” played with Apps like iShred (2), Drums XD, Basist and GarageBand (2). Its just easy to play. The performance took place at the LinuxNacht Europe’s largest conference and expo on open source and free software. Now we are looking forward to get some new instruments on linux soon 🙂

The DigiEnsemble Berlin is founded by Matthias Krebs at DigiMediaL_musik at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin). It is a repertoire-based ensemble using mobile devices as primary musical instrument. While mobile devices have been used for artistic expression before by musical technologist like MoPhO and some other, the DiEn is the first ensemble (to the best of our knowledge) to approach its possibilities from an ensemble angle of trained musicians.

Ten professional musicians got together trying out how to turn handheld devices into instruments. It is presenting their musical results on stages. Because of its experimental approach the ensemble plays a wide range of musical styles from classical music (“largo” from Haendel) up to metal music (“word up” in the version from Korn). Every note is played in realtime with a music app on stage. Most of the performances are made and played unique for one show.

More: http://www.digiensemble.de | http://www.digiensemble.com

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