Following the recent development of a computerised music display system allowing musicians to play from computer screens instead of printed scores and facilitating the instant editing of mistakes in parts during rehearsal time, the Japanese company Glico has launched a new type of intelligent conducting baton, filled with the latest technology to detect and transmit the conductor's beat via a radio signal to the system displaying the music on each player's desk.
Although heavier and fatter than the conventional white stick, conductors can also use the Glico baton as a computer pointing device, communicating with their electronic version of the full score. The company, which hopes the new 'technosticks' will catch on in professional orchestral, operatic and film scoring circles, is sponsoring a trial at Osaka University, and has set up a production and marketing facility to manufacture and sell them cheaply, in packs of five.
Posted: 1 April 2002
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