DigiEnsemble Berlin were the first classically trained musicians to embrace music apps in live performance. They've been keeping at it, always looking for new ways to make this a performance that will engage the audience. Documentary film makers Andrea Wieczorek and Lukasz Fabijanczyk took notice and produced this short documentary on the group!
This short documentary by Andrea Wieczorek and Lukasz Fabijanczyk gives an insight into the musician's preparation for their performance on stage. Of course, technical problems and the quest for the perfect sound play a central role, but also if the musicians themselves can hear properly on stage, as they will play live without playback.
Playing an authentic and dynamic performance turned out to be the most difficult part of performing with apps on stage. Motion and choreography are a crucial part of that. Music apps don't turn into in instrument by a simple "touch" -- motion sensors and an expression pedal, which controls the volume, can create a dynamic sound. And last but not least: The musicians also do not want to come across as a bunch of computer nerds, as well...
"Apps on Stage" shows snippets from the DigiEnsemble Berlin's everyday life on tour to Munich and reveal problems and details that have to be taken into account when making music with Apps on stage. More shows and information about the DigiEnsemble Berlin can be accessed here: http://digiensemble.de