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Conduct your 3D Chamber Orcherstra

Experience of a lifetime: Walk around in the middle of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and conduct it yourself. 

It is too late for the one-day event at the Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, but come to the Sydney Opera House Studio on October 21-23 or 27-29, 2013  and you will be able to watch, conduct and play alongside a virutal 3D replica of the orchestra. Via a touch screen ‘music stand’ the audience controls what musicians they see and hear via the projections, and can select to listen to the musicians individually or collectively. Video demo here under.

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Video Demo

How it was Recorded

The digital media production was built using 13 stereoscopic camera rigs to capture and bring to life the audio and three-dimensional images of the ACO musicians performing on a sound stage.

The performance capture technique allows the images of individual performers to be isolated and manipulated, which in turn, lets the audience control the performance of the entire orchestra.


ACO Virtual was produced by Mod Productions and is sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank, which was a founding member and is a strong financial supporter of the ACO.

Where and When

Each ACO Virtual session runs for 30 minutes and features JS Bach, Edvard Grieg, Australian composer Roger Smalley and Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazolla. The eclectic group were chosen to ‘maximise the audience experience’.

Audiences can experience ACO Virtual at the Sydney Opera House Studio from 21-23 October 2013 and 27-29 October 2013 as part of the building’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

In 2014, ACO Virtual will tour a number of regional centres, including Port Macquarie in January and February, Bathurst in March and Yarra Ranges in June and July. For tour dates and venues visit ACOVirtual (there is a making of video too).

Source: Paper by Graeme Philipson in ITWire.