Music Meets Technology @ BW

On February 12, the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas, performed Gustav Holst's infamous suite, "The Planets." But it wasn't just an ordinary performance.

Maybe it was the standing-room only crowd, or maybe it was the torrential blizzard raging outside, but the energy in Gamble Auditorium during this Friday evening was full of excitement and anticipation. Concert-goers were told beforehand that there would be a special surprise, and not even the students who weren't enrolled in the Orchestra knew what that was.

The well-kept secret was this:

For months before the performance, Octavio and I discussed how were going to incorporate a visual element to this concert. After seeing some projection effects in a music video by my friends Nights, I knew I wanted to try something similar. "The Planets" is already so visual--why not add some images to the music?

We used a projector to display moving images from NASA of space, galaxies, planets, and more directly onto the orchestra. Then, as an additional immersive element, "space frequencies" reproduced by NASA were played over the sound system in between each movement.

To hear more of the story of how this project was realized, and how Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music hopes to incorporate more unique concert experiences like it, you'll just have to watch my latest video on YouTube!

Sincerely, this was one of the coolest things I've ever done. The images and the audio were transportive and brought one of my favorite works of music to a whole new level. If you'd like to watch the entire concert, you can do so on the livestream archive.

What’s an example of an innovative performance you’ve seen lately?
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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a crochet project. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.