In a major shift from normal concert policies that insist that phones be turned off, jazz composer David Baker is encouraging people to use their cellphones during the debut of "Concertino for Cellular Phones and Orchestra" in Chicago next month.
Members of the audience and the orchestra will be asked to use their cell phones at various points throughout the piece with red and green lights telling them when to turn phones on and off.
Baker said this was first time in his career that he had finished a piece but did not know what the result would be. “I think some people would think it is insane to even think about trying to combine the cacophony of cell phones with the pristine purity… of an orchestra," he added.
People will also be encouraged to randomly increase and decrease the volume of their rings. Baker said he hoped the contrast of chaos and structure in a constantly shifting orchestral scheme would replicate how cell phones create both order and chaos in our society. (info from Reuters)