New York City brings you the first Wi-Fi Orchestra
We love all sorts of unusual, creative and slightly weird stuff. New York really took busking to another level with the first Wi-Fi Orchestra. Director and writer Chris Shimojima teamed up with Russian violinist and composer Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) to organize a live experiment with 11 musicians performing in different locations and connected to each other via Skype. These musicians were located across 9 different New York subway stations and their performed an original piece “Signal Strength” composed by Ljova specifically for this project. This very unusual ensemble was formed by an accordion, bass, beatboxer, cello, djembe, shekere, guitar, theremin, musical saw, trumpet and viola.
If you were passing by one of these musicians you would miss out on the rest of the song, however they could hear the entire ensemble and watch their conductor as well. With a production team of 40 people and a fairly decent wi-fi connection, it only took 8 takes to get it right. This video performance was also featured in the Disposable Film Festival 2015. Have a listen to “Signal Strength” performed by the first Wi-Fi Orchestra.