Cellphones like Keys on a Piano

Thomas Ricker over at Engadget was impressed to hear Vodafone NZ’s Symphonia playing on 1000 cellphones to reconstruct Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture. Click here if you cannot see the following video:

To see how it was done view videos part1 and part2.

Interestingly, this is quite similar to Dialtones, a telesymphony presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2001, and at the Swiss National Exposition in May and June of 2002 where the concert performance was produced through the choreographed ringing of the audience’s own mobile phones.

On a smaller scale I suppose one could easily have a group of friends program their cellphones to each display one word each but spelling out “Will” “You” “Marry” “Me?” at a restaurant or some other venue.

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