Online Orchestra Performance

Rofe, Michael, Hargreaves, Jon, Pickard, John, Prior,, David, Aitchison, Jim, Biscoe, Ian, Geelhoed, Erik, Reuben, Federico, Rushton, Andrea and Reeder, Philip ORCID: 0000-0002-0557-1182 (2015) Online Orchestra Performance. [Performance]

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Making music in ensembles has a wide range of benefits. Not only do you improve your musical ability, but ensemble performance has also been shown to benefit social and personal skills, create a sense of community and even improve your health and wellbeing. The UK Government’s National Music Plan recognizes these benefits, recommending that ‘Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the opportunity…to make music with others’. Yet in parts of the country such as Cornwall, where many people live in geographically remote communities, it’s often difficult to find the opportunity to make music with other people: either there are not enough musicians living in one place, or the time and expense of travel prevents regular participation. The Online Orchestra's aim is to design a way of making music online that enables a meaningful and enjoyable musical experience by amateur musicians and children who live in geographically remote communities. This approach was showcased for the first time at our inaugural Online Orchestra performance on 12th July 2015, which featured musicians from around Cornwall performing together online. We will also share our approach, so that other remotely located musicians anywhere in the world can in the future form their own online orchestras. As a named researcher on the project, Reeder led one of the three performance nodes, located in the remote village of Mullion. This node participated in a remote performance with a node in the Isles of Scilly, and a node in Truro Cathedral. The role involved diagnostics and troubleshooting a multi-location, echo rich performance environment, alongside testing and configuring the network optimisation. The user experience of how audiences and players can best integrate with a multi-location performance system was also explored, including how best to facilitate communication, improve the sense of ensemble playing, and produce a satisfying audience experience.

Item Type: Performance
Related records:
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Philip Reeder
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 12:40
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:38

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