VR vs. Live-Streaming: the challenge facing orchestras

I’m a self-confessed unapologetic fan-boy of the Philharmonia’s digital endeavours.

The orchestra’s Head of Digital Luke Ritchie writes on Arts Professional about his team’s VR work, making an interesting assertion about the challenges with live-streaming concerts:

“Creatively, VR felt like a natural progression for us, and I believe it’s a fantastic medium for orchestral music. 2D video and stereo audio can struggle to convey the complex dynamics and visceral energy of a live symphony orchestra.

This could be why livestreaming orchestral performances to cinemas has not had the widespread success enjoyed by theatre and opera companies. An orchestra just comes across as too flat, with the players at risk of looking detached and remote from the viewer.”

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