On January 25, 2013, the rock legend Elton John made history by virtually playing over 100 Yamaha Disklavier pianos around the world, thanks to Yamaha’s proprietary RemoteLive technology. Yamaha presented a star-studded concert at the Hyperion Theater in Disney’s California Adventure theme park, Anaheim, CA, that included Amy Grant, Chaka Kahn, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Toto and more.
Even among these music stars, one shined the brightest: Sir Elton John. He anchored the concert and showcased Yamaha’s DisklavierTV™ powered by RemoteLive™ technology for the first time in a worldwide setting. Every keystroke and pedal movement was digitally transferred as MIDI data to more than 100 Yamaha Disklavier pianos around the world, which faithfully replicated his performance where each piano key was manipulated from the neutral to the fully depressed position in incremental steps!
For this first ever worldwide analog/digital hybrid concert, Influxis provided a rock solid media server infrastructure in delivering the real-time video data to all the participating Disklavier pianos in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore. Influxis’ specialty streaming service enabled the attendees to watch Elton John’s performance on the TV screens and listen to his performance on the Disklavier pianos right in front of them as the keys were “actually played by his virtual fingers.”
Influxis also provided extensive testing of the DisklavierTV system prior to the event, development service in setting up a precise 90-second delay for the streaming and 24/7 dedicated hands-on technical support from the beginning of the project to the last bits of streaming. And after the event, Influxis provided insightful analytics to Yamaha that supported the success of the project.