Sting, in partnership with global transmedia company @radical.media, has launched STING 25.
The expansive, dynamic app for iPad explores the life, music and activism of one of the world's most influential musicians. With unparalleled access to seminal performances, rare photos and personal stories, the comprehensive app depicts the past 25 years of Sting's career as a renowned musician and humanitarian.
"This 'appumentary' harnesses the display and Multi-Touch capabilities of iPad to tell a much richer story than you could using a single medium," said Justin Wilkes, the app's executive producer. "The narrative behind Sting's journey as a songwriter and a solo artist is as layered as this app, which is why he was the perfect subject to collaborate with for this new approach to storytelling."
The 'appumentary' explores Sting's solo career, guiding users through the influences that have shaped his music, as well as his ongoing efforts as a global citizen and activist. The many facets of his career come to life through handwritten lyrics and journal entries, rare and intimate photos, in-depth interviews, and a variety of live concert footage, including exclusive all-star performances from his 60th Birthday Celebration at New York City's Beacon Theatre.
The idea for the app emerged as Sting compiled material from solo career for the recently released box set collection Sting: 25 Years. The concept evolved while exploring innovative ways to celebrate both the anniversary of his solo career and his 60th birthday, while simultaneously integrating emerging technology.
"I felt like an archaeologist in a way, going through years and years of material, excavating these pieces of history, to put together the box set. We initially considered some sort of documentary, but the idea developed into something much more compelling and dynamic," said Sting. "This app encompasses my entire solo career. It's a scrapbook for the digital age."
Featured content in the app includes:
- Exclusive concert footage and behind-the-scenes access from Sting's birthday celebration featuring performances by: Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright, Herbie Hancock and Branford Marsalis.
- Hours of concert footage, exclusive interviews, photos, music videos, and more in ten chronological chapters.
- Inspirations, collaborations, and charitable endeavors that have shaped Sting's solo career.
- Sting's signature instruments, through 360-degree views and high definition zoom images. The STING 25 App offers a truly integrated experience. Using AirPlay, users can stream all of the performances wirelessly on their HD TV using Apple TV while exploring additional content on their iPad. Additionally, the app offers Sting's music catalog so users can preview music with the option to purchase directly from the iTunes Store or listen to the tracks they already own.
The STING 25 App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information, please visit www.sting.com.