MCO in VR: Dortmund

23 September 2023


Saturday / Konzerthaus


Presented by: Konzerthaus Dortmund with DEW21

        • F. MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream
        • W. A. MOZART Allegro from String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516


During the Museum Night in Dortmund, the audience is offered the opportunity to get a different point of view on the MCO's special way of making music. Through the VR installation series Future Presence, an orchestra performance can be experienced from a never before seen proximity. 

As users with the help of VR headsets explore their virtual environment the sound of the multi-dimensional recording responds in real time. This transforms the listener’s encounter, undermining prevailing notions of acoustical “sweet spots“ and enabling a new and fluid aural experience that mirrors the dynamic interactions inherent in music and between the musicians. In short, where previously an engineer would take the sole authority to determine how the music should be experienced, now the listener has complete freedom to explore for themselves.

These recordings initiate a new phase of classical music recording, one that restores the natural acoustic responsiveness of a live performance while opening new possibilities for interaction between listener, performer, instrument and sound.

With six degrees of freedom for the listener, we can make music that moves you... move with you.

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  • Funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, with support from experimente#digital by Aventis Foundation.
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