Cello Fortress

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Cello Fortress

As part of the increasingly popular Lunchtime Concert Series we’re delighted to be hosting a performance of Cello Fortress by Joost van Dongen.

Cello Fortress is a unique combination of a game and a live music performance. A cellist defends a fortress by improvising on his cello. Melodies control the guns, dissonant notes activate the flamethrowers. Players from the audience use game controllers to steer their tanks and attack the fortress. The cellist plays live music, while at the same time controlling the game to be a fun challenge for the players. Cello Fortress is an innovative experiment that blends concert and game.

The performance comes hot on the heels of Plurality Spring by the Department of Music’s Paul Turowski and Simon Hutchinson. Premiering at Open Circuit Festival in March 2017, Plurality Spring is a space exploration game in which players perform music to control avatars.

These events offer a unique insight into a brand new third year module for the Department. Composition for Digital Games aims to provide an understanding of the role of music in video games and the design concepts specific to this medium.

Like all the Lunchtime Concerts, Cello Fortress is free to attend, however booking is essential.

The performance will also be live streamed on our website, so you can enjoy this unique experience from anywhere in the world! Click on the ‘live stream’ link below and type ‘Ctrl D’ to bookmark it ready for the event (‘Command D’ on a Mac).

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Wednesday 18 October 2017 13:00 - 14:00

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