Network-Based Collaborative Music Making

 

Recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant fraction of the world population is in lockdown. Most social and professional activities have migrated to the Internet. This has sparked an unprecedented interest in understanding how computer networks can support and facilitate collaborative music making and playing. Playing music over the network is among the most demanding and challenging Internet applications due to tight timing constraints. Researchers and artists has been exploring this media for more than two decades. This video provides an introduction to networked music performances and it includes a review of existing tools and techniques for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration.

Slides with annotations

References and recommended readings

Barbosa, Álvaro. “Displaced soundscapes: A survey of network systems for music and sonic art creation.” Leonardo Music Journal (2003): 53-59.

Carôt, Alexander, Ulrich Krämer, and Gerald Schuller. “Network music performance (NMP) in narrow band networks.” In Audio Engineering Society Convention 120. Audio Engineering Society, 2006.

Rottondi, Cristina, Chris Chafe, Claudio Allocchio, and Augusto Sarti. “An overview on networked music performance technologies.” IEEE Access 4 (2016): 8823-8843.

Gabrielli, Leonardo, and Stefano Squartini. “Wireless Networked Music Performance.” In Wireless Networked Music Performance, pp. 53-92. Springer, Singapore, 2016.

Weinberg, Gil. “Interconnected musical networks: Toward a theoretical framework.” Computer Music Journal 29, no. 2 (2005): 23-39.

Clarke, Eric F., and Mark Doffman, eds. Distributed creativity: Collaboration and improvisation in contemporary music. Oxford University Press, 2017.

 

Tools for synchronous collaboration

Jacktrip
Jacktrip virtual studio
Soundjack
Quacktrip
Jamulus
Source-connect
Listento
Telematic performance format
Cleanfeed
Musicianlink
Sofasession
Wemust
Orlandoviols consort box
Soundworks
Collab-hub
Endless
Ultra-videoconferencing
Scenic
Jakazam
Lola
Artsmesh
Ultragrid
Highfidelity
Doozzoo
Ninjam
Jammr

Tools for asynchronous collaboration

Soundtrap
Loopslab
Kompoz
Skytracks
Soundation
Procollabs
Blend
Splice
Audiotool
Ohmstudio
Bandhub
Voisey
Earsketch

Tools for network measurements

Find your IP
Hostname to IP conversion
Ping
Traceroute
Bandwidth measurement
Visual traceroute
Audio bandwidth calculator
Video bandwidth calculator

Blogs

MCT blog UiO/NTNU
Randall Packer

Organizations

Net:art coordination center
AEC’s list of tools for remote HMEIs
National research and education network
Gèant
MCT programme

Other Tools

Audio over Ethernet
Cidreader

Other

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Updated on November 10, 2020

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