Drone Swarm Dances to Beethoven's 5th

The 100 drones carried embedded lights that were programmed in sync with an orchestra far below. . (Photo: Intel)

What do 100 drones in the night sky dancing to Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" look like? Absolutely gorgeous.

Seriously, this needs to be a thing. Thanks to Intel, which organized this phenomenal display, we now have proof that drones can pull off art and entertainment just as well as they can photograph the world and help save lives. Dubbed Drone 100, the event set a Guinness World Record for most UAVs airborne simultaneously.

“The past can be replaced by new creativity powered by drones,” Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during his keynote at CES 2016. “This is what it means to reinvent experiences using new technology.”

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The record-breaking drone swarm landing after the performance. (Photo: Intel)

To pull off the feat, Intel partnered with technology artists at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Austria. The team of 15 people approached the drones as "sky pixels," developing complex software to program a routine that would synchronize embedded lights to a live orchestra below. Four drone pilots were tasked with 25 drones each to pull off the arrangement above an audience at an airbase in Germany.

“We just took technology and made art out of it,” Futurelab’s Andreas Jalsovec said in a project profile.

Move over fireworks; it's time to share the night sky with drones.