Ethernet Orchestra: Case Studies of Networked Intercultural Improvisation
Abstract: This paper evaluates two intercultural improvisatory performances by the networked music ensemble Ethernet Orchestra. It examines the creative and cognitive challenges faced by musicians collaborating across distance, and cultural and musical traditions. The multimodal analysis investigates the strategies that musicians develop in action, as they are “thinking of what they are doing, and, in the process, evolving their way of doing it . Viewed through a semiotic framework, the analysis focuses on “aural perspective” , representation and cross-cultural interpretation in improvisatory dialogues, and the ways in which they intersect during synchronous telematic performance.
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Bio: Roger Mills is a musician, sound artist and writer whose practice and research focuses on networked music performance, sound installation and experimental radio. International performance and production credits includes a Golden Eye award for contrapuntal radio performance Idea of South (Sydney), score for BAFTA award winning dance performance At Swim Two Boys by Earthfall, UK, and album production and performances with Turkish singer Mircan Kaya (UCM). Roger is currently undertaking a doctorate at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he also lectures in media arts production and sound and music design.
Ethernet Orchestra live at NIME2010, University of Technology, Sydney
Ethernet Orchestra Live Improvisation 3 http://www.youtube.com/
Ethernet Orchestra Live Improvisation 4 http://youtu.be/mUEF8cIdqNE