Before the start of a typical orchestra concert these days, you can count on an announcement reminding everyone to turn off all electronic devices. Such announcements might soon include exceptions for concert-goers who download a developed-in-Baltimore app to their hand-held devices.
The app, called Octava, is aimed at enhancing the musical experience for listeners by delivering information via Wifi, synced with the music being played in the concert hall.
"We're trying to find ways to help contemporary audiences engage with words that match the elegance of the orchestral performance," said Octava co-founder Linda Dusman, a professor of music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
"I think everyone understands music on a cellular level, but that's often not enough to carry one through a four-movement symphony. Octava serves as a kind of translator, to help with the nuances of the language of music," Dusman said.
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