MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

VAN Beethoven


The Los Angeles Philharmonic is playing with virtual reality:

Orchestra VR is the first virtual reality experience produced by the LA Phil, and one of the first of its kind in the world. Be transported to our iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall for a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Originally produced for the VAN Beethoven tour, Orchestra VR is a free app you can download and experience for yourself.

Writes David Ng for the Los Angeles Times:

The goal was to capture sound as “it bounces around, and to create the audible sensory feeling of being there,” said Pietro Gagliano, a partner and executive creative director at Secret Location, the Toronto-based digital studio that worked with the orchestra on the project.

Users are able to detect subtle shifts in sound as they turn their heads to view different parts of the hall.

Incidentally, Mark Swed points out, “from Berlin to Beijing, Beethoven has had, for whatever reason (be it salability or spiritual sustenance), a very big year” — including in LA. In addition to the LA Phil’s VAN Beethoven project, “the new year began with Michael Tilson Thomas’ compelling Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Missa Solemnis. The fall season began with Gustavo Dudamel’s Beethoven symphony cycle — shared by the L.A. Phil and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela — that demonstrated a young conductor’s profoundly deepening understanding of the composer.”

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