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Calling all Guitar Heroes to the conductor's stand

You may be a wicked axe man thanks to the "Guitar Hero" videogame by Activision Inc, but are you ready to take on a whole orchestra?

Two U.S. professors have created "Virtual Maestro," which allows a player to use the Wii console made by videogame company Nintendo to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)... well, a recording on a 42-inch plasma screen of them anyway.

But if you want to play, you'll have to get off the sofa and get down to an LSO concert. The game was brought over from the United States for trials and was a hit this week with audience members in the foyer of London's Barbican centre.

Young concert-goers waved the console around -- some wildly, others shyly -- to Rossini's William Tell Overture, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5.

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