AIX-EN-PROVENCE (AFP) - It’s a musician’s dream -- rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but to your own residing room.

And the immersive experience is possible due to the fact, sure, there’s an app for that, courtesy of a French start-up, digital music solutions.

"NomadPlay" is all down to an algorithm which separates out the sound components of a rating to cast off any device as preferred, fading out an oboe or piano part for example, and allowing the house musician to sign up for the fray.


"whilst we were young all of us practised with information to get the impression we had been playing at the side of the Vienna or Berlin philharmonic. That became very pleasant," internationally-renowned French violinist Renaud Capucon, forty three, told AFP.

"but it was a nightmare while our mother and father heard us play as it simply wasn’t the same factor!"

Now, thanks to the app, "you’re accompanied by using an orchestra all to your personal on your room -- it’s terrific."

Clothilde Chalot and Hannelore Guittet started digital track answers in Paris five years in the past.

Their app can be downloaded for free on a smartphone or tablet and offers a catalogue of albums, ranging from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony to Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor.

Amateurs and specialists buy the portions for among five and 20 euros ($five.60-$22.50).

Karaoke style 

Capucon, the app’s "ambassador," provided AFP an illustration of its abilities at the pageant de Paques in the southern metropolis of Aix-en-Provence in April.

Taking Ravel’s string quartet, he clicked at the violin image to put off the sound of the element, earlier than accompanying the piece together with his personal tool.

The concept is much like that of karaoke, wherein lovers seize the mic to offer their very own vocals to the authentic backing music.

yet the NomadPlay app is greater problematic.

first of all, you could seek with the aid of stage -- amateur, intermediate, skilled or expert -- or by way of device, as well as through composer.

you could growth or gradual down the pace, repeat a bar or part of a bar or even annotate the score.

Capucon says the app is brimming with educational promise as it may assist budding musicians "analyze a work more quickly with this harmonic assist."

For specialists which includes himself, the machine offers a "massive time gain" as "when eventually you education with the others, you have already got the reflexes".

Emulate Rostropovich? 

He does concede, but, that the app consistent with se will now not remodel the user into a musical genius.

"It’s no longer going to turn you right into a (Yehudi) Menuhin or (Mstislav) Rostropovich".

certainly "if the pupil handiest works with the app you may say it’s dangerous... But from the point of view of dashing up the activity, it's miles very high quality," said Capucon.

For Marc Bourreau, a teacher and lecturer at engineering university Telecom ParisTech, packages committed to song, be it for listening, micing or modifying, have become ever more state-of-the-art.

"This digitally-pushed evolution removed the frontier among writer/artist and patron," he stated.

In an age wherein "kids grow up with their pills you have to provide tune this technological and unique aspect to spark their hobby," delivered Dominique Bluzet, executive director on the competition de Paques.

Bluzet says live shows nowadays are now not the simplest manner to introduce younger people to track.

NomadPlay is already running with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, country wide Orchestra of France’s Ile de France location round Paris and their Rouen-Normandy equal.

It hopes to extend its repertoire via September to consist of scores performed by way of a broader variety of ensembles.

"We shall be capable of try out the tempo of various conductors (and offer) preparation which gives musicians more flexibility," Capucon said.

preparation anywhere 

Chalot says the app can offer discs a second life.

"We wanted to find a new monetary model for recorded music which has been around for one hundred years," said the 38-12 months-antique, who has worked on the Paris Opera and the Rouen-Normandy Opera.

"We inform impartial and important labels that ‘that is additionally a way of getting your artists known’," stated Chalot.

round a dozen people labored on the app, whose creation changed into partially funded by way of the CM-CIC Innovation funding fund and French lifestyle ministry.

"The day we ran the primary exams I cried. It became magnificent," Chalot recalled.

to date, the catalogue is solely classical music however the agency says it is in talks with impartial pop and rock producers because it seems to "speak in confidence to all genres."