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Reaching new audiences through connected music

Art, music and theater offer rich cultural experiences, and by reimagining the confines of space and time, innovators are enabling more people to enjoy immersive performances than ever before.

Connectivity transforms music

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Through the collaboration with King's College London on connected music, we have now demonstrated how 5G can develop robust and efficient ways of creating immersive experiences that give audiences the feeling of immediacy; that they are truly there.

This was achieved at London's oldest entertainment venue – the 2,000 year-old Roman Amphitheatre in the Guildhall Complex and the historic Brandenburg Gate Museum in Berlin where two simultaneous performances connecting the two venues took place utilizing 5G. The first performance was from conductor Peter Wiegold with two ensembles of Ali Hossaini's Epiphany which was streamed into the Amphitheatre via camera feeds processed in real-time through 5G data transmission. With the ultra-low latency of 5G the time lag was virtually negligible. 

Technology plays an active role in entertainment

In the other performance Mischa Dohler, Professor of Wireless Technology and Head of the Centre of Telecommunications Research at King's College, London, played the piano in Berlin while his daughter Noa simultaneously sung the KISS song 'I Was Made for Lovin' You' in London. This involved collaboration with real artists performers and production specialists from a broad range of areas and locations and epitomizes the value of collaboration to show connected music possible with 5G, by gaining first hand experience and creating a vision which stretches the imagination of others.

The performances showed to a large audience how connectivity can transform our interaction with the arts, and the ways that 5G networks will revolutionize this industry. By providing a much more enhanced, enriching experience through connectivity across the globe. The effect was nothing but outstanding of the connected music performance and everyone amazed at what they had just seen and heard. Ali Hossaini is an artistic director and philosopher has been the driving force behind this and brings an immense amount of passion, experience that has driven an accelerating amount of interest and desire to participate from a broad spectrum of people. One of the primary factors to the level of interest and success of this event is linked to how technology can play a much more active role towards entertainment in which has remained fairly static over the centuries. In this particular case it has allowed the introduction of different media types and more importantly broken down the barriers for the necessity to have artists in the same location.

Focus on: Supporting immersive music experience for all

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In the future there will be no limit of how these types of new immersive experiences can transform culture and influence society. The importance of delivering 5G technologies that can meet the increased demands for a robust, reliable and adaptable system to support the immediacy of these immersive experiences is vital. Ericsson is therefore providing the research, technology and expertise to create this 5G infrastructure, including methodologies such as network slicing and software defined networks hand in hand with others who share our same ambition to provide Technology for good and maximize what this technology can provide to both industry and society

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