SXSC Presentations: Using the potential of high speed networks for real time distributed musical interactions

Alain Renaud will be talking about distributed music. Alain’s research explores high-speed networks as a medium for developing real time interactive performances in a multiplicity of spaces. The technological usefulness of the latter is of limited importance if the various musical, sociological and philosophical aspects are not considered. Once the latter factors are taken into account, high-speed networks provide a timeless and borderless collaborative medium for mixing musical cultures, acoustic environments and performance practices which offer potential for developing applications that use the network as a core for interactions. Moreover, such research spans across a multitude of disciplines where natural interactions are needed, including the development of smart connected spaces, which can be used in a wide variety of ways.

Alain’s background in is music production and sound engineering. He is a senior lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University, and holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research focuses on the development of networked music performance systems with an emphasis on the creation of strategies to interact over a network musically and the notion of shared networked acoustic spaces. He performs regularly over the network with the NetVs.Net collective and the Jackson4s. Alain held residencies at the Banff Centre for the Art and The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.