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Classical Page Turning Performance

BT 105 Footswitch

Just about 12 months ago we covered the BT-105, a Bluetooth foot pedal that connects to your iPad and lets you turn the pages of your musical score.

But does a Bluetooth foot switch really cut it when performing live in front of a big audience?

The BT-105's makers AirTurn sat down with classical violinist Giora Schmidt who was planning to use the device with his iPad during a special performance of the highly technical Piano Sonata by Franz Liszt, transcribed for solo violin.

It is a 35 minute piece with no natural breaks that requires 35 turns of the score's pages. That's where the BT-105 comes in, partnered with an iPad and one of the compatible apps.

In the video below they talk about Giora's decision to use the BT-105 and the iPad instead of the traditional 'paper score with a friend turning the pages' method, how things have gone wrong trying to turn the pages mid-performance on your own (always a heart stopping moment in front of a live audience) and, briefly, attitudes towards technology in the Classical music scene.

The full story and a video of Giora's actual 35 minute performance can be seen on the AirTurn website, it is very impressive.

Friday Fun: iPad in Live Classical Concert

There is no end to the creative uses for the iPad it seems. It can even be used in the austere and haloed halls of classical music concerts, sort of. Here's classical pianist Lang Lang amusing the audience in one of his encores by playing the most technically challenging Flight of the Bumblebee on his iPad.

Yes, we know he is playing it with two fingers using the awesome Smule 'Magic Piano' app (which was inspired by Lang Lang himself according to Smule), but it still sounds cool, and we reckon it might have sold a few more iPads too!

Check back later today for a full post on Magic Piano and other iPad music creation apps.