John Preston on Wed, 29 May 2019 16:25:32 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> No harmony

Thanks Rachel, Ted and Iain, it's great to learn about all these connections. :)

I didn't mean anything too fancy by low-latency, just trying to get the performance, and the performers hearing each other and communicating, as close to a real-time as if they were stood in the same room. I thought radio would be a natural medium for this: get everyone tuned in to the same frequency at the same time, use a shortwave band [1] or something with wide propagation. This would obviously lose a lot of clarity and detail but I don't know how well you could orchestrate a live performance over the Internet with e.g. Skype. Even latency of 20ms can make musical collaboration difficult, so maybe radio would be more effective for this.



On 2019-05-29 15:05, Iain Boal wrote:

Thanks for the heads-up on this experiment, John. It puts me in mind of the indelible line in Arlene Hutton's fine play, As It is in Heaven, about Shaker golden age hierarchs - in this case, a couple of eldresses - coping with an outbreak of 'gifting' visions among the recent novices: ~ "No harmony, girls - you must sing in unison, otherwise we might as well be Baptists."
Could you elaborate on the category 'low-latency' technics? It's new to me, at least.
On 29 May 2019, at 08:18, John Preston <> wrote:

Greetings all,

The YouTube algorithm gave me a TED talk by Eric Whitacre [1] sharing
his work conducting 'virtual choirs' where people recorded their parts
separately and uploaded them to YouTube. The individual performances
were then rendered together to create the final 'performance'. The
project is on-going [2].

I thought this was a nice example of a work of a traditional medium
being transformed through network technology. Particularly the
asynchronous nature of the process is very different from how a
physically co-located choir would operate, and the result is not a
conventional performance but a recording (hence my previous quote

I'd like to see a live performance by such a physically distributed
choir using low-latency technology.



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