Get Obsessed with Sound

September 8th, 2011

Tribal DDB Amsterdam has launched “Obsessed with Sound,” a new interactive audiovisual online experience for Philips. The campaign, which promotes the quality of the Philips audio range, launches across 11 markets including Germany, France, Russia, UK, USA, Brazil, Argentina and India.

The website gives the audience a unique opportunity to see and hear the GRAMMY Award-winning Dutch Metropole Orchestra as they perform a specifically composed orchestral piece. Throughout the performance, users can interactively isolate any one of the 51 individual musicians to hear every detail of their musical contribution.

The premise of the “Obsessed with Sound” campaign is to hear every detail. So often, the nuances of sound and music get lost when listening on low-grade speakers. This Interactive Orchestra gives consumers a more tangible feel for the difference made by Philips’ audio products.

Philips is serious about sound. That’s why it collaborated with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra –famous for its nonclassical approach to orchestral compositions. On the website users can watch the music video directed by Rob Chiu (The Ronin), accompanied by the Interactive Orchestra. A click of the mouse will highlight a user’s musician of choice and isolate the specific instrumental track, giving an unusual way to hear every detail throughout the composition.

The audience can also find out more about each musician, from their musical preferences to the precise number of musical notes they play in the piece. Each musician also has a personal playlist with links to their personal blogs and Twitter feeds.

“In music, every single detail matters,” said Chris Baylis, Executive Creative Director of Tribal DDB Amsterdam. “It’s about the second violinist, the triangle player, the double bassist, and the producer, all the ‘unheard heroes’. It’s the collaboration that brings brilliance to a piece of music. The challenge of the campaign was to have visitors experience every detail of the audio piece, to highlight each and every nuance of sound.”

“From the beginning to the end, we looked at how far we could delve into the details of the design,” said Bart Mol, Art Director for Tribal DDB Amsterdam. “The challenge was to show a music video and visualize every musician in the entire orchestra. Every musician now is represented as a dot showing the height of every note being played at that time. Click one of the dots and you single out one musician from the whole orchestra, giving you a playful way to hear every detail in the piece.”

The whole experience is accessible via Facebook along with trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and product information about the Philips sound range.

“The musicians we worked with were amazing,” continued Pol Hoenderboom, copywriter, Tribal DDB Amsterdam. “One violinist even devoted 2.5 years of his life building his own violin. It’s worth checking out all the different stories.”

Alongside this campaign, Philips also launches the “Obsessed with Sound” music competition – a search for the best sounding composition. Entrants are challenged to make their own composition, in whichever style they choose, and submit it through Soundcloud.

The jury, consisting of Steve Lillywhite (Obsessed with Sound ambassador and ex-producer of the Talking Heads), Benjamin Herman (front man of the New Cool Collective), and the Metropole Orchestra, will then select the most promising entrant. The competition will close at the end of October and the winner will then be announced. The winning track will be arranged by the composer with the Metropole Orchestra to be played by the 51 musicians and recorded with an accompanying music video.

Check out the campaign at:

Link to the “hear every detail” tab.

Client Side: Kelly Mcconville, Frank Pynenburg
Advertising Agency: Tribal DDB Amsterdam
Executive Creative Director: Chris Baylis
Concept: Bart Mol, Pol Hoenderboom
Art Director: Bart Mol
Copywriter: Pol Hoenderboom
Design: Robbin Cenijn
Creative Technologist: Ian Bauer
Director: Rob Chiu
Executive Producers: Marcel Kornblum, Mark Pytlik
DoP: Matias Boucard
Technical Lead: Jan Willem Penterman
Strategy: Henk Rijks
Account: Sandra Krstic
Production: Jeroen Jedeloo, Richard Land, Christy Wassenaar
Production Company: Stink
Interactive Production @ Stinkdigital: Peter Arato, Dan Beattie, Philip Bulley, Magnus Dahlstrand, Dave Luff, Marcel Kornblum, Neil Nand
Orchestra: Metropole Orchestra
Conducted by Jules Buckley
Composition: I’m No Prototype
Composed by: Berend Dubbe & Sonja van Hamel
Music Supervisor: MassiveMusic


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