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Google Glass: Can it be embraced in classical music and the arts?

'Performance reconceived for the “me” generation', says one critic. Do you agree?

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

14 August 2014 at 5.25pm | 1 Comment

It might seem like something from an early 90s sci-fi film, but fiction has recently become reality in the form of Google Glass - wearable technology that allows much of the functionality of conventional computing, with added features such as real-time broadcasting through the integrated camera.

Currently in the advance stages of open beta testing, classical artists are beginning to experiment with recording performances through the device. It's a use that has been explored by the Telegraph's Ivan Hewitt, who isn't a fan: 'It’s hardly a satisfying artistic experience...Google Glass videos are really a form of reality TV,' he writes. 'It really is performance reconceived for the “me” generation.'

We asked our social media following what they thought of the trend, and for thoughts of practical applications of the technology within the arts:

What do you think of the use of Google Glass in classical music and the arts?

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

14 August 2014 at 5.25pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged debate, discussion, filming, Google Glass, science fiction, Social Media, technology, YouTube

This article has 1 comment

  1. Simon responded on 15 August 2014 at 11:37pm Reply

    Glass has many problems. Do members of the audience want to be filmed close-up? I really doubt it. There are all kinds of privacy problems. But the idea of small performance cameras on every singer's head, for editing into a close-up cinema or home streaming experience,.is really great. For that you don't need Google, you need a great director and editor. Good luck!

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