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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:20am

ASO Encore in Virtual Reality

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On Thursday 15 February the ASO rolled out its Encore in VR project at the Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Telecentre. In an ongoing demonstration of our close relationship with the Friends of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (FASO), three volunteers from FASO accompanied me to Yorketown for this exciting, successful event.

What is ASO Encore in VR? It’s a project funded by a Positive Ageing Grant from Office for the Ageing, which enables us to take an ASO virtual concert experience to people who, for a variety of reasons, can’t get to a live concert. In the process, our volunteers are modelling the way older people can master new technology to bring our project to life.

Various music tracks recorded at a Great Classics concert in 2015 are introduced by conductor Guy Noble, in the world-first virtual reality concert recorded by Adelaide-based technology company Jumpgate VR. Using a special headset, smartphone and headphones, the viewer is positioned in the middle of the orchestra and can swivel through 360 degrees to view all the players as they perform the music.

At Yorketown each group of six viewers watched about 20 minutes of music then continued the concert-style experience by chatting about their impressions while enjoying refreshments with one of the volunteers.

This first visit was over-subscribed, with the 36 attendees considering themselves fortunate to have enjoyed such an amazing, immersive experience. It’s a similar story across the rest of the project. The original plan to visit ten centres was expanded to 14, after the difficult process of whittling down to a manageable roll-out from 21 interested centres. Several are now reporting that they have reached capacity with their bookings.

Over the next three weeks, the project will be taken to community centres in the Mid-North, Adelaide Hills, and inner- and outer-metropolitan areas.

Alison Campbell, Project Coordinator



Monday 19 February – Torrens Valley Community Centre, Woodside (9 am); Pooraka Farm Community Centre (1:30 pm)

Friday 23 February – Kilburn Community Centre (9 am); Adelaide South West Community Centre (2 pm)

Tuesday 27 February – Robertstown War Memorial Community Centre (12 noon)

Wednesday 28 February – Summit Community Centre, Norton Summit (10 am); LHI Retirement Services, Hope Valley (2:30 pm)

Friday 2 March – Bower Cottages Community Centre, Semaphore Park (10 am); Box Factory Community Centre, Adelaide (4 pm)

Thursday 8 March – Camden Community Centre (10 am); Jubilee Community Centre, Wynn Vale (2 pm)

Friday 9 March – Payneham Community Facility (9 am); Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre (2 pm)

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