You know how whenever you attend concerts, you are asked to put your phones on silent or vibrate so you don’t disturb fellow audience members? And, let’s face the fact not many of us actually do so, which often makes you the victim of several annoyed glares.
Well, here’s a twist: Yale Concert Band is asking you to leave them during one of their songs on in their season opener, appropriately called “Please Turn ON Your Cell Phones.”
According to an article on Engaget entitled “Yale Concert Integrates Your Smartphone,” the band will be playing “Honeycomb” by Cody Berkshire. The piece, according to the article, uses SynkroTakt technology to “synchronize 32 audio tracks” between “your phone and the band’s performance with virtually flawless timing.”
Basically, think of it being a call and response type of thing, where the audience and the performers play in “perfect harmony” together.
And, according to the article, it can handle over 250 devices. That’s pretty cool if you ask me.
According to an article on the Hartford Courant entitled “Yale Concert Band to Present Honeycomb,” Brookshire described his piece as “an aural piece unlike any other.” And, to be honest, if you can coordinate an audience’s smartphone device to accompany the music, you bet it’s gotta be pretty unique, right?
In addition to Honeycomb, the band is expected to perform Symphony in Bb compose by Paul Hindemith, Children’s March composed by Percy A. Grainger, Dance of the Jesters composed by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and a Leonard Bernstein triptych: Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide), Slava! and Almighty Father (from Mass).
The concert is on Friday, Oct. 6, and admission is free to the public. I’d say that this performance is definitely one worth checking out.