Kansas City Symphony, Google Glass offering innovative experience

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Symphony and Google Glass are teaming up to make history.

It's the first time ever that Google Glass will be used to record the views of four members in a professional orchestra, giving you the opportunity to see first hand what it's like to be a musician in an orchestra.

"To be honest it's a little intimidating, I'm kind of thinking in my head, 'Don't do something stupid!'" said Elizabeth Gray, who plays the second horn in the Kansas City Symphony. She said wearing Google Glass while performing is definitely a first for her.

"Really exciting to be involved in new technical innovations," she said.

The Kansas City Symphony and Engage Mobile Solutions teamed up to record the views of four members of the Kansas City Symphony using Google Glass on Friday.

"This is the very first time that any symphony orchestra anywhere has used Google Glass to get the musician and conductor's perspective of playing a great piece," said Frank Byrne, the Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony.

"There have been a lot of times where Google Glass has been used to record a single performance, or single perspective, but what we're doing now is four different perspectives all in the same piece," said Matthew Barksdale, the President of Engage Mobile Solutions -- a local mobile software development company working with Google. He said this project gives the audience a whole new perspective.

"To sit in that chair, to really what is it like to see their fingers and the bow come across," Barksdale said.

"For a normal person to see what we see while we're working is a totally different experience for them, and I think they'll really enjoy it," added Gray.

Gray said she feels lucky to be a part of history in the making.

"It's really kind of cool to be a part of new developing technology where this could be a possibility in the future for us as well," she said.

Google Glass is an experimental product and will not be available to the public until later this year.



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