When music becomes digital: a first in the world of classical music

150 professional classical musicians got together in the Cortot room in Paris on 11 and 12 May for two days of encounters and conferences. They were there to talk about the relationship between music and digital technology.

Fevis music and digital

Over the course of two days, they came to receive training and discuss topics such as using digital communications to engage with audiences, teaching music and practices which use digital technologies, new technologies connected to sound and image, and the place of digital technologies in music production... The world of classical music is now engaging with these new tools to diversify its communication channels and reach a wider audience, transcending boundaries in a spirit of innovation.

At the end of these two days, in partnership with FEVIS (the French Federation of Vocal and Instrumental Specialized Ensembles), we awarded three "classical and digital music" prizes to young organizations, start-ups or ensembles which are developing innovative musical projects with a link to digital technologies.

FEVIS music foundation orange jury
The musicians in the Salle Cortot.

The three prizes

  • Human Music Prize: Sonicsolveig , a start-up specialising in educational digital games and supported by the Créatis incubator at Gaité lyrique, develops musical applications to "explore the music at our fingertips, play interactive educational games, listen to a lone oboe at the back of the orchestra, step into the percussionist’s shoes, or make up your own arrangement".

  • Vocal Prize: The Vocal 101 ensemble develops audio guides under the moniker of “L’autre LaM" for Lille Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. "L’autre LaM" is a set of applications made in response to modern art, contemporary art or art brut. They invite the listener to set out on four different musical adventures!

  • Public Choice Award: Les Voix Animées, an a capella quintet, is developing a musical web series, "1514" which publishes one video every month on the adventures of a Renaissance vocal ensemble making its way in the online world. A glamorous musical series for what is often considered to a solemn and austere repertoire!

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