17 April 2012 by Dianne Tipping-Woods

The Skyroom is the limit

No matter where in the world you are, you can enjoy live performances by South Africa’s top bands via Skyroomlive.

Image courtesy Skyroomlive

Skyroomlive has launched its new series of live South African music performances! They are broadcast over the internet from Johannesburg, which means regardless of where you are in the world, you never have to miss seeing South African bands in action.

View from the Skyroomlive set, image courtesy Skyroomlive

I’ve loved the idea of live-stream and interactive events that leverage the full potential of the technology available to us in South Africa since I was a student experimenting with 99% live reporting, tweets, cellphone cameras etc. That was about 10 years ago – so it’s taken a while for the idea to go mainstream. Increasingly though, people are beginning to realise just how irrelevant geographic distance is when you have a decent internet connection – you can watch animals at Djuma from rainy England, attend an international art auction in your office, and now experience a 'live' musical performance from the comfort of your living room.

The 'real' thing of course offers something more that you can experience via the screen, but the point is not to not interact in the real world; it’s simply that geographic circumstances no longer have to dictate – at least not entirely– what real-time experiences you can and can’t have. You can go to see Karen Zoid live in Cape Town, but also watch her perform from Wakkerstroom, Musina, De Aar...

The performances Skyroomlive streams are broadcast as they happen from the rooftop of a 20-storey building in Johannesburg’s CBD. Skyroom uses ‘a multi-camera webcast system’ to broadcast the live show.

It opens up a whole new world of possibilities and a whole new world of music.

The performances Skyroomlive streams are broadcast from the rooftop of a 20-storey building in Johannesburg’s CBD. Skyroom uses 'a multi-camera webcast system'. So far performances by Karen Zoid, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Jozi,  Nancy G, Albert Frost, Tidal Waves, Lindiwe Suttle, Lonehill Estate, Van Coke Kartel, Ice Project and My/Epic/Vice have all been broadcast via the platform, with lots of exciting acts to follow. You can find short clips of each performance on YouTube – or access the archived show for a small fee.

Die Heuwels Fantasties performing, image courtesy Skyroomlive

The Skyroomlive team markets the performances through its database of contacts as well as via Facebook and twitter (@skyroomlive). While performances so far have been free, bands can also choose a pay-per-view model.  

The team behind the initiative believes that 'more people would go out and enjoy live music in the real world if it was a daily part of their online experience'. They also see the potential for musicians to earn revenue 'by being a part of an always-online music community'. As well as concerts, they’ll facilitate Q&A sessions, or any other events the bands and artists want to share with their fans.

To use Skyroomlive, you must be running a system (Mac or Windows) with the following specifications or better:

  • 1GB RAM
  • Pentium 4, 2Ghz CPU
  • Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7+, or Safari 4+
  • Flash 10
  • Broadband internet connection

Love, love, love the idea and really do think the Skyroom’s the limit. Would you watch these concerts online? What’s your view?

Category: Arts & Entertainment

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