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    Default iPhone Orchestra Readies for Debut


    There are plenty of things that we've seen, heard, and done with the iPhone. But an "iPhone orchestra" isn't one of them. Until now, that is.

    According to 9to5Mac:

    Students at the University of Michigan are learning to design, build and play instruments on their Apple smartphones as part of a course called "Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble". This course is taught by Georg Essl, a computer scientist and musician who has worked on developing mobile phones and musical instruments.
    The "iPhone concert," which will play out next Wednesday, December 9th at the University of Michigan, will stay true to its title. Not a single traditional instrument will be used. Every contributor will hit their high notes on the iPhone only. The concert comes as the crescendo to a semester-long course study aimed at helping students learn to program applications enabling them to utilize the iPhone's myriad input sensors in order to achieve a variety of sounds. These "sounds" will be the basis of next week's concert.

    The touch-screen, microphone, GPS, compass, wireless sensor, and accelerometer can all be transformed so that when a performer runs their finger across the display, blows air into the mic, tilts or shakes the phone, for example, different sounds emanate.
    Although the concert will likely appear to be a seamless effort, coordinating the diversity of students with the diversity of "instrument sounds" produced by each iPhone has reportedly proven a massive undertaking for the educators and students who have modified their iPhones into full-blown musical instruments.

    In the history of music, experimentation with electronic devices have led to the discovery and development of new instruments, like the synthesizer and theremin. Could the iPhone be the newest acquisition of the world's finest orchestras? From the looks of things pretty soon there could be an app for that.

    “The mobile phone is a very nice platform for exploring new forms of musical performance," Essl said. "We're not tethered to the physics of traditional instruments. We can do interesting, weird, unusual things. "This kind of technology is in its infancy, but it's a hot and growing area to use iPhones for artistic expression."
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    God that gave me a headache. I would hate to get a call in the middle of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
    God that gave me a headache. I would hate to get a call in the middle of that.
    airplane mode
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase817 View Post
    airplane mode
    and this whole time I thought airplane mode was for getting better reception in the airplane.

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    From what i saw it did not impress me at all! Sounded like 1 note with varying tone. Maybe the actual concert will be better but as of now it needs a lot more work. But they did call it a practice!
    If anything was usefull a thanks would be great!

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    dear god... its going to far... LOL
    This is getting a lil' ridiculous...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
    and this whole time I thought airplane mode was for getting better reception in the airplane.
    LMAO, i think you just made my day

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    iphone orchestra, wow that's lame
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    ...Weird. Almost thought it might be a bunch of nerds doing this.
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    I work at U of M so I'll be checking it out next week for sure. Seems rather odd but I'm curious about the whole thing. It's free, so why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
    and this whole time I thought airplane mode was for getting better reception in the airplane.
    lol i knew the first time i read it. of course when you're on a plane you want to cut all communications on your phone to avoid any interference with the plane's control panels. :P

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    they get credit for this course? i guess you can major in anything these days
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    circuit bending the iphone in a more complex way. genious
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    Have you ever heard an orchestra?
    An "IPhone Orchestra" is like "military intelligence".
    As Groucho Marx put it,"Military Intelligence is a contradiction in terms."
    AND so is an "IPhone Orchestra"!

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