Composing for a Latency-Rich Environment

Rofe, Michael and Geelhoed, Erik (2017) Composing for a Latency-Rich Environment. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 231-256. ISSN 17527066

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Abstract / Summary

Three new works were commissioned for the pilot performance of Online Orchestra: In Sea-Cold Lyonesse by John Pickard, Spiritus Telecommunitas by Federico Reuben and Re-Tracing by Jim Aitchison. This article brings together post-project interviews with composers and detailed analyses of the final compositions in order to document how composers approached the challenge of writing music for a latency-rich environment. Solutions include the use of distributed textures, polyrhythm and ostinati, blurred transitions, slow rates of harmonic change, layered textures and semi-improvised rhythmic notation. This leads to consideration of the medium of Online Orchestra – a telematic performance environment for distributed young and amateur musicians to make music together – and the conclusion that latency-rich environments hold significant potential for composers.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1386/jmte.10.2-3.231_1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online Orchestra; telematic performance; composition; latency; Jim Aitchison; John Pickard; Federico Reuben
ISSN: 17527066
Subjects: Communication > Media > Digital Media
Education
Music > Musical Performance
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Music
Depositing User: Michael Rofe
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2018 14:59
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2796

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