Network Music: Artistic and Technological Strategies for Public and Private Networks

April 19-22, 2018 Conference
Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), Stony Brook University, New york USA


Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music United Kingdom, Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, DisPerSion Lab at York University Toronto, Donald Tavel Arts Technology Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Korean Music in the College of Music at Seoul National University, Department of Music at St. Cloud State University Minnesota, Electroacoustic Music Studio at Academy of Music in Kraków, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center New York, Internet2 Higher Education and Cultural Programs at Ann Arbor Michigan, Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University Pennsylvania, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University, Telemedia Arts Calgary, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Michigan, Zurich University of the Arts, and Individuals in Miami, Tokyo, Toronto

Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT), Stony Brook University
NowNet Arts, Inc.

Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), Stony Brook University
Department of Music, Stony Brook University
NYSERNet (New York State Education and Research Network)

Network Music utilizes the internet as a contemporary artistic medium for musicians on both localized networks and geographically spatialized networks. Network Music has proliferated in recent decades in forms for live performance such as telematic ensembles, laptop ensembles, virtual world collaborations, and multidisciplinary work. Artists and technologists in this medium have utilized Internet2 and its international partner networks to achieve live concert-quality productions locally and globally, especially requiring the high-bandwidth and quality of service provided by these networks. Internet2 and its partners are largely available at large research universities so the medium has remained mostly in this research sphere. With the rise of availability of high-bandwidth public networks, Network Music is at a juncture where the medium can become more accessible to the public through a wider range of universities and contemporary arts venues, while the advancements of Internet2 and its partners continue to provide state-of-the-art opportunities to artists and technologists. “Network Music: Artistic and Technological Strategies for Public and Private Networks” aimed to identify artistic and technological strategies for various degrees of these networks in order to determine tiers of Network Music capacities based on factors such as bandwidth, quality of service, system configuration, venue space, and location. The host site IACS provided an exceptional hub for this topic with a 100Gbps Internet2 network, while the event connected with remote sites of wide-ranging networks. 

Through the papers, workshops, presentations, and concert demonstrations the conference was able to establish proof-of-concept in connecting with both public and private networks, utilizing a variety of technologies on different bandwidths and system configurations, and working across disparate venue spaces, while innovating artistic applications for the medium. The results created a new paradigm of high-level strategies for continued utilization of Internet2 in the medium while opening the field wider to use of public networks in collaboration. As a first-of-kind conference on this topic, NowNet Arts will continue expanding and applying this work in future programs. 

Conference Committee
Director: Sarah Weaver, Stony Brook University, NowNet Arts Inc.
Chris Chafe, Stanford University
Margaret Schedel, Stony Brook University
Min Xiao-Fen, Blue Pipa, Inc.

Keynote Speaker
Ann Doyle, Community Engagement Manager, Higher Education and Cultural Programs, Internet2

Keynote Biography
Ann Doyle founded and continues to lead Internet2's cultural initiatives working with U.S. and international partners utilizing advanced networks for collaborative live performances, master classes, and remote auditions in the performing arts.  Her goal in joining the 2018 Network Music conference is to build bridges between this conference’s innovative community and that of the Networked Performing Arts Production community - highlighting opportunities for collaboration, and extending the reach of both the broadband and advanced networking communities across the globe.  Ann is a recording artist herself and has a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan.

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