How Evernote Helped Orchestrate an Olympics Closing Ceremony

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How Evernote Helped Orchestrate an Olympics Closing Ceremony

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 23 Feb 2014

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 23 Feb 2014

The spotlight in the sporting world has been focused on Russia for the past two weeks.

Tonight, many Americans will watch 40,000 spectators and athletes usher a choreographed transition from competition at Fisht Olympic Stadium.

The ceremonies officially close the Sochi games and pass the torch to Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. They also allow the host nation to show itself off and provide an opportunity for artists and musicians to make a huge impact on a global stage.

For Klaus Badelt, a Los Angeles composer, that opportunity came at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. The Beijing Olympics asked him to help with the composition of the ceremonies, the only western composer involved. And, he used Evernote to make the event a reality.

Badelt already uses Evernote for composing Hollywood films. For his work in the Olympics, he snapped photographs of handwritten notes and used Shared Notebooks to send material back to his team in America. Much of Badelt’s work involves capturing creative inspiration, ideas and archiving them to remember later.

“When I did the Olympics in China, we were networked, so I can write something, and the same moment it shows up in America,” Badelt said.

Music is an iterative process and Evernote offers a place to keep notes on changes as well as the creative ideas necessary to advance projects. It’s perfect for one person, but even better when it’s shared to a creative team, instantly.

“The sharing idea, the collaboration, it’s permanent and stays there. It needs minimal organization form your part to be retrievable. I have the same issue, we have tens of thousands of sounds we use for our writing. The key is retrieval. if it’s not organized, you have so much you cannot retrieve anymore. Then, you end up creating again. That’s not smart. It doesn’t build upon your experience and on your achievements from before. Products like Evernote make it much easier to incrementally develop your ideas and not let you forget what you did before,” Badelt said.

More than 200 million Americans tuned into the 16-day coverage of the Beijing Summer Olympics. The success of the Olympics performance gave Klaus another opportunity in Asia. The ancient city of Xi’an commissioned him to help compose an opera about Emperor Qin, and one of China’s most important historical figures.

Below are some examples of the notes Badelt captured that related to ideas for the different stages of the opera that he saved to Evernote:




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  • Matt Maldre

    That’s way cool. I’d like to see how the people he worked with commented back on his notes.

    It’s nice to able to share evernote notes, but what I find way more valuable is getting feedback on my notes.

    • Bruce Bebow

      Hey, Matt, do you mean verbal feedback or is there a mark-up function where people can comment on your shared note?