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Conductrix It’s a moment to relish for all you budding Herbert von Karajans or Simon Rattles.

Irish conductor and composer Eimear Noones has come up with a virtual reality simulation of conducting that allows you to direct an orchestra from your living room. It’s the first step in a much bigger project called Muso-VR, a combination of tutorials and virtual reality, which Noone’s partner, composer Craig Stuart Garfinkle, describes as “the musical equivalent of Facebook combined with World Of Warcraft”. Terrifying. But in a good way.
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