Play with Sound

3 crowd games for giant balloon and orchestra

Premiere of the crowd game Play with Sound by Maxime Goulet and Jérôme Delapierre, with the Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Dina Gilbert, during the Montreal Video Game Symphony concert, in Montréal, in 2017. Photo: François Goupil

«Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier has rarely been so joyful and boisterous
– Le Journal de Montréal, Christophe Rodriguez

«Audience members at the orchestra-level actually participated and, in a friendly, light-hearted atmosphere, all played together with a giant inflatable ball. »
– Le Devoir, Christophe Huss

« Powerful and unexpected moments […] A crowd game was also specially invented for the concert: the whole orchestra-level audience began to push around a giant inflatable ball to reach specific targets and avoid obstacles. Everyone had a great laugh! »
–, Ambrune Martin

Play with Sound is a series of three small crowd gaming titles conceived of by Maxime Goulet and developed by Jérôme Delapierre. The three games are Become a Wizard, Catch the Stars and Bomb the Skull.

During the concert, the audience plays the game by moving a ball in response to projections on the screen to collect magic objects, assemble constellations or set off bombs. These crowd games aim to get the members of the audience working together to achieve a common goal.

The series’ title refers to a question put to players at the start of many video games—“Play with sound? Yes/No”—to determine whether they want to play with the audio on.

Instrumentation: 3*3*22 (picc and EH are optional) / 4231 / 1 pno-cel / 1 hrp / 1 timp+3 / strings

Duration: 5 to 15 minutes (flexible duration)

Commissioned by the Orchestre métropolitain.

Premiere: September 29th, 2017, by the Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Dina Gilbert, during the Montreal Video Game Symphony, for the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal, at the Salle Wilfried-Pelletier, in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Performances of Play with Sound

2017, Sept. 29 | Orchestre MétropolitainDina Gilbert | Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, QC, Canada (premiere)