Mobile app delivers real-time content at live performances.
The first ever PlayStation in Concert will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, 30th May, but the concert itself won’t be the only thing making its debut that evening.
As we previously reported, the concert will be a collaboration between the PlayStation brand, Classic FM, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The 80-strong orchestra will be performing with the City of London Choir in an evening celebrating video game music from the last 20 years.
Those in attendance will be able to make use of EnCue – a mobile app designed to engage the audience by providing commentary for music and musicians during a live performance. The real-time programme note app delivers media and other content to the user’s smartphone and PlayStation in Concert will mark the first time EnCue’s been used at Royal Albert Hall.
For those wondering whether having your phone out during a live performance will be a distraction or not, EnCue developer Octava has posted the following on its website’s FAQ section:
Through testing with people like you over the past 6 years, EnCue developed Custom Dark Screen Technology ™ and Glance- Optimized Media™ that reduces the glare from your screen. As a result, both users and non-users comfortably use EnCue without distraction.
Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Williams, spoke about how many have come to experience orchestral music through the playing of games, adding:
“This truly 21st century concert, accompanied by the latest technology to enhance the concert experience, is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding. It is fantastic that one of the world’s great orchestras will collaborate with other leaders in their fields to craft something very exciting for a new generation of concert goers.”
Alistair Lindsay, Head of Audio at Sony’s Worldwide Studios stated the importance of music for the gaming experience, helping developers “truly immerse the player”.
“With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that the appetite for video game soundtracks is growing all the time and that the music is being enjoyed in its own right,” said Lindsay. “Having this opportunity to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to realise some iconic PlayStation soundtracks in concert form is a dream come true. We have been working closely with game studios and composers to create new, and never before heard, arrangements to perform in one of the world’s premier concert music venues.”
PlayStation in Concert will be hosted by Jessica Curry, composer and former studio head at The Chinese Room. On Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May, Curry will be presenting a special episode of Classic FM’s video game music show High Score in a build up to the London concert.
Classic FM Managing Director, Sam Jackson, spoke about the popularity of High Score and the appetite for classical music, saying:
“The success of our two series of High Score, and the fact that over half a million under-25-year-olds now listen to Classic FM every week, is proof of a growing younger audience for classical music in the UK. We’re really pleased to be partnering with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation on this, the first event of its kind, which promises to be an exciting night of world-class music.”
Tickets for the concert range from £20-65.