Microsoft wins three Cannes Lions awards for interactive music installation DELQA: Inside the Music of Matthew Dear

Jun 23, 2016   |   Steve Clarke

Microsoft picked up three Cannes Lions awards this week for DELQA, an interactive music installation created with Texas-based musician and producer Matthew Dear.

The awards included a Gold Lion for Sound Design, and Silver Lions in the Digital Installations and Events and Spatial Brand Installation and Experience categories. DELQA was conceived in collaboration with New York agency Listen.

The installation in New York City invited visitors to experience Dear’s music in a maze-like physical space rigged with an integrated system of lights, speakers and Kinect sensors that pulsed with a constantly changing soundscape.

The goal was “to bring the audience and the performer as close together as possible. And to make them feel like they’re part of a unified experience,” Dear said.

Microsoft also took home a Cyber Silver Lion for its #MakeWhatsNext International Women’s Day campaign, and participated in “The Next Rembrandt” — a 3D printed painting, made solely from data of Rembrandt’s work — which received the prestigious Innovation Lion, two Grand Prix for Cyber and Creative Data, three Silver Lions (one for Cyber and two for Creative Data) and a Bronze Lion for Creative Data.

Learn more about DELQA on Microsoft’s Music X Technology site.

Steve Wiens
Microsoft News Center Staff

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