Innovating the classical music experience

A live symphonic classical concert is an adventure: under the guidance of a conductor, more than a hundred players take you along on an extended musical journey. To someone not used to go to classical concerts, this may be quite daunting though: what happens over the long course of a classical piece, and what should you listen for when all these musicians are playing at once?

PHENICX is a collaborative research project, partially funded by the European commission. In this project, academic researchers, music institutions, musicians and up-and-coming technology companies join forces. Our mission is to make use of all the richness around classical music: the sound you can hear, the players you can see. The characteristics of a piece, and the differences between multiple performances of the same piece. The background stories behind a piece, and the way it is perceived by different types of audiences. Through smart use of technology, we want to use this richness to build a whole new classical concert experience. A concert experience that can guide you through a performance, with information tailored to varying expertise levels. A concert experience that allows you to get an impression of a piece before a concert, enriches the experience during a concert, and lets you revisit the concert after it was played, allowing you to discover new things about it. A concert experience that even may initiate a social discussion based on your impressions and the impressions of other attendees. All of this is not meant to defy the traditional concert experience, but to offer you new engaging experiences on top of it.

We hope our efforts will contribute in making classical concert performances come alive to broad audiences. Please reach out to us (phenicx at upf dot edu) if you'd like to help us in this mission, for example by becoming part of our test panel audience!

To learn more about our most recent activities, please see our news section.
To learn more about our published research, see our publication list and our video section.
For formal project-related output, see our documents section.

To meet the team behind PHENICX, please go to our consortium section.