StarPlayit Beats Google’s YouTube to Its “World-First” Online Symphony Goal

Adelaide-based StarPlayit (formerly In the Chair), a multi-award winning music technology company delivering platforms for online musical performance and participation is more than 4 years ahead of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s April 2009 plans to achieve the “the world’s first collaborative online orchestra and summit.”

According to StarPlayit CEO David Evans, his company was the first in the world to achieve this feat with its patent-pending online music performance platform on November 18, 2004. On that date members of the Penang State Symphony Orchestra rehearsed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) while the Penang State Symphony members were in Georgetown, Penang and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was in Adelaide, Australia. The rehearsal was webcast using In the Chair, the original name for StarPlayit’s software.

In addition to being able to see and hear from their chosen seat in the ASO, live and in real time, Penang State Symphony members received real-time feedback on their performance via StarPlayit’s revolutionary music recognition system.

StarPlayit repeated its groundbreaking collaborative online orchestra feat on August 19, 2006, when Sibelius Software (now a part of Avid), Orchestras Australia and StarPlayit (then In the Chair) teamed up to present a live, interactive workshop with 3 conductors and a composer.

“As I read YouTube’s press release I thought I was experiencing déjà vu,” said Evans, “I’m very surprised YouTube is claiming a world first. This is exactly what StarPlayit achieved years ago.”

StarPlayit attended the ANZA Gateway to the US Summit in 2004 and 2005. In 2005 the company was one of ANZA’s Guy Manson Award winners for best-in-show technology.

Read the full press release here.

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