I’m asked to help promote a project called Disquiet TV. A unique and interactive virtual auditorium for contemporary music, established in conjunction with the multimedia label Disquiet. No other digital concert hall lets its audience get as close or as interactive with the music. Viewers can not only watch live streams of contemporary music events, but also choose from multiple video feeds, chat with other audience members using Twitter or through the website itself, talk to performers in backstage interviews and even direct the cameramen.
On Thursday, November 8th, online concert hall Disquiet TV will open its virtual doors to the world. Live from the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam it will present a unique interactive stream of an evening based around Michel van der Aa’s multimedia spectacle Up-close.
After a year of technical developments and test events – featuring, among others, Kronos Quartet and Ben Frost – Disquiet TV is ready to present itself to the world. Through a simple chat interface viewers can talk with each other, request camera movements, and pose questions for backstage interviews with the performers. No other concert streaming service gives its audience this freedom or these possibilities. Broadcasts are free – viewers need only register with their email address after the first 10 minutes. At least five more Disquiet TV streaming events are planned for the 2012/2013 season.
The first public event on November 8th presents a composer portrait of Michel van Aa, centred around his recent work Up-close. The first performances of this thriller-like work, played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, received rave reviews from audiences and press alike: ‘Hauntingly beautiful’, The Guardian; ’An exciting, complex dialogue between film, electronics and live music’, Hamburger Abendblatt. The concert is completed with three other works by Van der Aa – Imprint, Memo and Oog.