Delivering the harp to the Salle Pleyel, we couldn't shake off that nagging feeling we'd forgotten something
One of our Atlantide Prestige harps is currently on display at Paris's Salle Pleyel - without strings. It's part of a collaboration with Intel, who have placed some intelligent technology in the base of the harp. A tiny NUC computer, plus a 3D RealSens camera in the column, capture the position of your fingers in the air, and create the sound of the string you would have played, had it been there. The colour of the harp's base even changes colour according to what you are playing.
Intel's concept is to explore new roles for technology in art and culture. The harp project follows the company's digital haute couture in collaboration with Frank Sorbier (2012), and also looks ahead to the new Philharmonie de Paris, which will be completed in 2015. This new concert hall is conceived to be state-of-the-art, a home for and about music of all kinds, for today's audiences. In addition, Intel were inspired by our harp itself. In general, the harp symbolizes music in many ways, old and new. Moreoever (though we says it as shouldn't), Camac's own innovations "means we feel it is on the same wavelength as our own passion for technology", according to Intel.
If you are interested in the directions music is taking in the twenty-first century, and in the possibilities technology is opening up, go down to the Salle Pleyel! You'll be able to try the harp for yourself, and also find out more about the new Philharmonie, browsing through two Intel Ultrabooks™ displayed there for the purpose.
The Philharmonie de Paris, sight from the parc of la Villette © Artefactory