Australia's Secret is 'In the Chair'

Music software, 'In the Chair', wins Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition.

Adelaide, Australia, December 15, 2005 --( The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, today presented In the Chair with an award for winning the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition.

The Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition is a prestigious competition which selects and promotes Australia’s most innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies and research organisations.

“We are very proud to have come first place in such a prestigious competition”, said David Evans, CEO of “In the Chair”. There were 11 finalists short listed in the Learning category of the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition.

“In the Chair” is music software that allows users to play together with professional musicians, bands and orchestras in a virtual environment. “Instead of purchasing a ticket to sit in the audience and listen to the symphony orchestra, you can purchase a ticket to play with the orchestra”, says Evans. This innovative new technology streams music and video over the Internet, enabling aspiring musicians to indulge in their fantasy of playing with a professional band or orchestra.

In addition, In the Chair provides immediate feedback on pitch, timing, tone and volume. Chris Matters, Program Manager of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, describes In the Chair as “an amazing technology sure to excite musicians all over the globe”.

David Evans describes the win as a validation of In the Chair’s sophisticated technology and artificial intelligence. “Winning such a competition validates our place in the market as a world class music learning tool”.

Competition judge Matthew Michalewicz said that “the judging panel had been particularly impressed by the fact that In the Chair allows musicians of all levels to play with professionals using their own instrument. This is a world first as far as I know”.

“In the Chair is a phenomenal product that has enormous market potential both in Australia and overseas”, says Michalewicz who has spent the last decade in Information Technology in the United States running a multi-million dollar high-tech company.

David Evans announced that as part of its worldwide release, In the Chair is currently available to be downloaded for a free 30 day trial from

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