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A first of its kind series of 3D and virtual reality conducting tutorials & book, designed as "Phase 1" of what will become "Muso VR."
A first of its kind series of 3D and virtual reality conducting tutorials & book, designed as "Phase 1" of what will become "Muso VR."
A first of its kind series of 3D and virtual reality conducting tutorials & book, designed as "Phase 1" of what will become "Muso VR."
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Eimear Noone Presents:  

CONDUCTRIX:  Phase 1
"A View from the Podium."

A Series of Virtual Reality and/or 3D Conducting Tutorials with Accompanying Book

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Read the bottom of our description for a musical gift - just to say thank you for considering our project.

Eimear Noone - Captured mid-flight by Isabel Thomas
Eimear Noone - Captured mid-flight by Isabel Thomas

About Eimear Noone:

For years, in between her concert appearances and recording sessions, Eimear Noone has been presenting conducting seminars and masterclasses for a wide variety of institutions such as Columbia College Chicago, The Society of Composer's and Lyricists, ASCAP, UCLA Extension, and many others. Her private conducting students include, Grammy, Emmy, BAFTA, and Oscar Award Winners and/or Nominees.

Even though her recording and touring schedule no longer permits her to teach regularly, Ms. Noone still wants to be able to share her knowledge and experiences - the impetus behind both the game Muso-VR, and this first phase, "Eimear Noone Presents: CONDUCTRIX, A View from the Podium."

Through these, Maestro Noone wants to capture the content of the seminars and classes she has been presenting, preserve them, and share them with the world through the magical technology of virtual reality and 3D video.  

As far as we are aware, there has never been such a series of instructional videos.  In this way, "CONDUCTRIXA View from the Podium" will be the next best possibility to having private conducting lessons with Eimear.

 As explained by Eimear Noone: 

“Countless times, people have approached me at concerts wanting to know what it’s like to conduct an orchestra.

Others want to know what all my gestures mean; how I use these motions to communicate to the players.

Finally, my touring schedule has made it next to impossible to teach privately anymore - but I still want to be able to share what I know in an intimate setting.

Eimear Noone at the iDIG Music Fest Conducting Seminar
Eimear Noone at the iDIG Music Fest Conducting Seminar

Muso VR: Phase 1 'CONDUCTRIX, A View from the Podium,' is my way of answering these questions and needs."

Eventually, we plan for Muso-VR to be a much broader virtual reality experience with modes for players, conductors and observers, but for now, we are focussed on the most basic element of the game:  The Conducting Tutorials.  You can learn more about our ambitious plans from this press release:  Muso VR - A First of its Kind, Musical VR Experiene

Photo Credit Derek Brad
Photo Credit Derek Brad

 Eimear's conducting philosophy and focus for the book and videos: 

"I believe that conducting technique is a physical language with a vocabulary that anyone can learn. It's then up to you to use it to write a literature in your own voice. I want this book and these virtual reality videos to be about the pure practicalities of conducting on the concert stage AND scoring stage; No maestro myth; no obfuscation; no false elitism; no pomp and circumstance." 

The book and videos will be divided into sections such as:

  • Basic beat patterns and gestures. 
  • Communicating articulations, dynamics, cuing, tempo changes and other specialty gestures. 
  • Eimear conducting a small ensemble, demonstrating how the elements discussed in sections 1 and 2 translate directly to the players. 
  • A series of interviews with players, conductors, and composers. 
  • Instruction in score preparation, stage presence, studio recording techniques, creating click tracks, and other helpful tips.

About Eimear Noone's Unique Conducting Style:  

Eimear Noone Conducting, BT's Electronic Opus
Eimear Noone Conducting, BT's Electronic Opus

Eimear Noone has spent a lifetime developing her conducting style.  The style is dedicated to being as clear and concise as possible without extraneous "noise" that might confuse the conductor's communication.  

As was said by one performer in a concert performance: "A deaf person could have ‘heard’ the music by just watching her hands." 

Eimear elaborates, "Especially in the recording studio, there is no room for any possibility of being unclear - each minute is too valuable.  Saying what's needed through your hands, in real time, is the most efficient method of communication."

About Eimear's Education:

This relationship between her gestures and the music was honed during 8 years of masterclasses and private conducting instruction, most notably with two years of intensive study with the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Gerhard Markson.  Maestro Markson himself was the protégé of legendary Russian conductor Igor Markevich. 

"I spent years looking for the right teacher" says Eimear, "one that could help me create this style. The first time I saw Maestro Markson perform, I knew he was the perfect mentor."

Formally, Eimear is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, with degrees in composition and flute performance, with numerous certificates and additional studies including Master Classes at the Manhattan School of Music, The Royal College of Music, London, (through the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama), The Ennis IMRO Composition Summer School (Youngest Invited Participant), The Victoria College of Music, London, Opera Ireland (conducting), and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop (to name a few).

Eimear Noone with Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live
Eimear Noone with Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live

Just for fun, a series of videos showing Eimear Noone in action:

Eimear Noone's "Malach" from "World of Warcraft; Warlords of Draenor:"  

This performance was at the 2015 Dublin International Game Music Festival with 130+ musicians on the stage synchronized with 128 videos submitted from a world-wide crowd orchestra.

BT's Electronic Opus - Conductor GoPro Cam:

A literal "View from the Podium." Eimear Noone wearing a GoPro during the recording of EDM legend BT's, "Electronic Opus."

One of the TANZ produced videos from Electronic Opus, Used with a huge thanks to TANZ, BT and Video Games Live creator, Tommy Tallarico.  More on the project here:  http://electronicopus.com

Blizzard Entertainment and Video Games Live at Gamescon, 2015:  

Among Eimear Noone's many conducting credits is principle conductor for Blizzard Games including sessions for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and many more.  Here's Eimear Noone conducting a special "Blizzard" edition of "Video Games Live," with the legendary Tammy Tallarico.  

In addition to this concert, Eimear Noone would have conducted most of the original sound recordings as well.

 Finally, here is a playlist of just a few of the trailers and cinematics Eimear Noone has conducted for Blizzard Games.

From her fans and colleagues:

“Eimear Noone is one of the most dynamic conductors I’ve ever known. She brings the music to life with her passion, her skill and her clarity. I have had the pleasure of seeing her teach and she is a true master! With Eimear, all of the mysteries of conducting are laid out one by one so that the student is able to apply it to their own approach. Technique, communication, preparation, problem solving are all broken down and explained. As with everything she does, Eimear brings her unique charm and positive spirit to the experience. She is a true Maestro!” 

- Mark Watters
Six-time Emmy Award winning composer and conductor The Olympics, The Oscars, Star Wars In Concert 

 “Eimear is a stunningly vibrant performer, conductor and musical force. This idea of empowering any end user to experience the thrill of helming an orchestra could not have a better champion. Anyone from student to master would have a pleathora of information to learn from one of the most fiery, seasoned and musical performers I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to try this!” 

-BT
 Grammy® Nominated Composer/Technologist 

"Eimear is a tremendously talented and respected professional in the business. Her enthusiasm, charisma and confidence keep her in such demand both in live and studio recording settings. She is also a shining standout as an effective communicator with the orchestra as well as a wonderful educator and lecturer within her craft." 

-Michael Todd Sr. Director of Film/TV & Visual Media, ASCAP

“Eimear is one of the great conductors, teachers, performers and composers. Her energy is as infectious as her always bright outlook on life. She's bright light in the world in the world Music, be it studio, stage or classroom. Anyone would be lucky to learn from her wealth of knowledge and experience, both theoretical and real world”

-Trevor Morris
2 time EMMY Award winning composer

"…In one movement the audience rose to its feet in standing ovation reminiscent of Riverdance. It was magic, the response of he audience… people left exhilarated and in tears." 

- The Irish Independent 
On her 2001 debut concert at Dublin's National Concert Hall

"MUSO VR has great potential in a music education context in providing an interactive environment for students to explore and test their conducting skills in preparation for the live rehearsal.”

- Dr. Clíona Doris
Head of Orchestral Studies DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (Dublin, Ireland)

"Eimear runs sessions like an efficient general, but always engenders a calm and collegial atmosphere. It's a team effort. When she's running the show, I know we are in good hands."

- John Kurlander
Multi-Grammy® winning orchestral recording engineer

"I have worked with Eimear on many recording and scoring projects. She is a fantastic conductor, and the musicians love playing for her. That makes my job easier."

- Leslie Ann Jones
Multi-Grammy® Winning Recording Engineer and Music Producer.

"Eimear, is a profound musical genius, working with her opened up the musical capabilities within me that were frozen. She has an impeccable ear for composition and is by far one of the most versatile arrangers I know. "

- De'Miyon Hall
Drummer/CEO of Hall Of Music Group LLC

Eimear with Gladys Knight
Eimear with Gladys Knight


Eimear Noone with De' Miyon Hall, Gladys Knight and the Pacific Symphony

As a way to say thank you for checking out our project, we invite you to download the zip file below containing a handful of MP3's composed and conducted by Eimear Noone:

Included in the download is one of our personal favorites, "Flying" from the EP "Hibernian," which is used in the promo video, as well as some of Eimear's other works from her film scores.

Enjoy the music - and do consider becoming part of our campaign.

Best,

The iDIG Music Festival Team

Download From Here:
http://we.tl/HVm0Om68Gi
Password is: conductrix

Risks and challenges

Creating these videos and book is a brilliant challenge and all those involved are excited to jump in full force.

One of the biggest risks and challenges in any video project is making sure the resources are available to produce a finished product.

Resources are not just financial, they actually include the technology, the personnel to run that technology, and the quality of the technology.

We have all of these resources! As we have our own equipment and personnel, we can completely control the costs of our production and guarantee the best possibility for success.

For example, as music producers, Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone have a long history of producing hours and hours excellent and award winning music. You've heard this in games like "World of Warcraft."

They own all the equipment needed to produce this music. They are experts in the use of this music technology, and as a matter of fact, Craig is a published author and respected educator on the subject of music production.

Unlike other video projects, where studios and edit bays need to be rented for weeks on end and editors kept on staff, Eimear and Craig will be producing, editing and mixing the videos themselves, in their own studio, on their own equipment. They won't be watching a clock, they will be focussed on taking as much time as is needed to produce the best product possible.

Here are the steps we will take:

As soon as funds are secured, we will purchase the camera rigs to shoot the videos. All the other gear has been purchased.

The video tutorials themselves will be shot in such a manor that they can be viewed on everything from a computer screen to the most complex VR headset.

Toward the end of the process, we will bring our small ensemble into the studio to record/video them as Eimear demonstrates how the musicians react to all the techniques she has presented in the tutorials.

The final step will be printing up the limited edition books and posting the digital downloads.

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    You can see the piece performed here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGnHx4jcrDU

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