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Old 08-02-2019, 03:13 PM   #1
ecassano
 
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Default NSO Premiere with iPod Podcast

Tonight, the National Symphony Orchestra will premiere a program titled "Fantastic Planet: A Symphonic Video Spectacular" at Wolf Trap. In addition to listening to the the concert and watching video footage of scenes from our planet, provided by NASA and others, concert goers will also be able to listen to their iPods!

Before heading to Wolf Trap, concert goers will be able to download the NSO Podcast from iTunes for free so they can listen to conductor Emil de Cou talk about the program while the orchestra plays the music on stage.

View the Washington Post article here or visit www.WolfTrap.org for more information.
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:11 AM   #2
yvonne
 
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Default ipods at a concert

I played the concert last night at Wolf Trap that featured concert notes available on an iPod. Conductor Emil de Cou developed the idea, and recorded the notes, which were timed to be heard as the music played. I didn't hear the podcast, but Emil told me it was meant to be heard during quiet spots in the music to alert listeners to special features coming ahead in the music.

Before the concert started, Emil spoke to the audience about the concept and asked for a show of hands as to who was using the podcast that evening. I could not tell whether there were more than a few people who responded.

The program was not "difficult" from a listener's perspective, since the music was played while photos provided by NASA were shown on giant screens. To accompany an excerpt of Rite of Spring, the photos were of volcanoes. While we played portions of La Mer the photos were of oceans and underwater life.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:04 AM   #3
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how exactly does that work?
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:57 PM   #4
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I was onstage playing the concert, so I can only tell you what the conductor told me was supposed to happen. A person in the audience would put one ear bud in and listen to the conductor's recorded comments on an iPod as they also listened to the concert. He (Emil de Cou) told me he had recorded his comments so that during a soft passage they could hear him say "coming up next listen for...." or "here comes the big moment that everyone recognizes from this piece.." I haven't heard the podcast myself, and I couldn't sit there watching the audience to see how many people were actually tuned in and whether it seemed to help them or not.
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:24 AM   #5
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so there wasn't music coming through the podcast, just the conductors voice making comments on the music?
that sounds rather interesting.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:52 AM   #6
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Default podcast cont'd

Yes, I believe that's how it worked---no music on the podcast, just the conductor's commentary.

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