Ethernet Orchestra is an Internet based networked music ensemble exploring intercultural improvisatory collaboration through telematic audio platforms. The ensemble features musicians from a diverse range of cultures and musical traditions, and combines an array of instruments, including Mongolian horse fiddle & throat singing, tabla, Persian tanbur & tar, blended with Buchla synthesizer, voice, guitar, trumpet, sax and electronics.
The project provides opportunities for hitherto improbable meetings between cross-cultural musicians and sound artists to explore new methods and approaches to intercultural tele-improvisation. See publishing for articles and papers on current research.
Live performances include ZERO SPACE Conference 2013 at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, UpStage Festival of Cyberformance, 2012, 2nd Tehran Digital Art Exhibition, Tehran, 2011, Kunstmuhle Gallery, Brausnchweig, Germany, O-Town Sound, New York and Bon Marche Studio, University of Technology, Sydney.
Presentation and performance featuring Roger Mills (Processed Trumpets) Sydney, Peyma Sayyadi (Tanbour) Montreal, Canada, Chris Vine (Guitar) Londrina, Brazil.
The interdisciplinary ZeroSpace Conference on Distance and Interaction brings together scholars and artists examining aesthetic, cultural, technological and environmental issues of distance and interaction in the 21st Century. Performances featured works employing telematic and network technology, and exploring conceptual notions of distance.
Speakers included: John Durham Peters (Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa); Joel G. Anderson (Professor of Nursing, UVA); Chris Gist (University of Virginia Library Scholars Lab); Roger Mills (Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney); Sarah Weaver (PhD Student, SUNY Stony Brook); Mark Dresser (Professor of Music, University of California San Diego); and Matthew Burtner and David Topper (Music Department/Interactive Media Research Group NOMADS, UVA).
Live performances and works by Glen Whitehead (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs); Jason Freeman (Georgia Tech); Doug van Nort (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Daniel Blinkhorn (University of Technology Sydney); Benjamin Carey (University of Technology Sydney); kite•string (Sarah O’Halloran, UVA; Margaret Schedel, SUNY Stony Brook); Kim Brooks Mata and Michael Rasbury, (UVA); Ted Coffey (UVA) and Aaron Henderson (University of Pittsburg); the Ethernet Orchestra (featuring Roger Mills, Sydney Australia; Chris Vine, Londrina Brazil; and Peyman Sayyadi, Montreal Canada); Matthew Burtner (UVA); and MICE (UVA).
An networked audio-visual performance featuring visual artist Graziano mixing visual collages to the ensembles improvisations.
Oceans between Sound considers the ebb and flow of network data as metaphor for the world oceans separating the members of the ensemble and their dispersed lives.
Presentation given in the online platform Waterwheel Tap featuring a developing multimodal case study analysis.
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Cyberformance Symposium was hosted by UpStage, the Waterwheel Tap and independent cyberformers, where participants discussed their online performances and practices with other artists, researchers and other interested participants.
Invited presentation of recent journal article Listening Through The Firewall: Semiotics of Sound in Networked Improvisation (Organised Sound, Vol.17 No.1). This was followed by a networked improvisatory performance with Tehran based oud player Benham Moayerian in the Moshen gallery, Tehran.
TADAEX is an annual program featuring a mixture of contemporary art practices with a commitment to share, introduce and promote digital and interdisciplinary art with the help of international platforms such as ARS Electronica, Openframeworks.cc, Association of Neoroaesthetics and VisualBerlin.de.
This unique A/V performance featured the late Richard Lainhart and Roger Mills performing in a one off live event with Yavuz Uydu (AU) and Hervé Perez (UK). Networked live cinema mixing by Graziano Milano in the online A/V interface VisitorsStudio. Remote listeners experienced the audio visual performance online. Details here.
DRHA conference, 4-7th September 2011 at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, China. Paper presentation included a live networked performance featuring Chinese Guzheng musicians Tao Han and Mao Danheng playing with the Ethernet Orchestra. Unfortunately the performance was abandoned due to Internet access problems resulting in a live collocated improvisation.
ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference , Atlanta, Georgia, 3-6th November 2011. One of twelve selected papers for presentation at the graduate student symposium. More details.
Guest Lecture 11th November 2011, Pauline Oliveros Doctoral Research Group, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Albany.
5th International Conference on Multimodality 2010, University of Technology, Sydney - Paper presentation and live improvised performance with Prof. Theo van Leeuwen.
Link to blog for ongoing updates and mp3 examples of project performances.
Sunday 20th June 9-10 pm (Sydney) 12-1 pm (UK) 1-2pm (Central Europe) 8-9 am (Londrina, Brazil).
"Distant Presences" is an improvised sound work which reflects the nature and aesthetic of the ensembles dispersed interaction. As divergent musical cultures meet in improvisation, the work is a meditation on the multifarious nature of location and being. It forms part of an ongoing series of networked improvisations curated by Furthernoise.org for "Explorations in Sound" Vol 5.
Featuring Live Performances from:
Bukhchuluun Ganburged (Mongolian Horse fiddle and throat singing)
Yavuz Uydu (Turkish Oud and Bendir)
Roger Mills (Processed Trumpets)
Londrina, Brazil - Chris Vine (Guitar)
Braunschweig, Germany – Martin Slawig (Laptop Electronics and Max/MSP processing)
London, United Kingdom - Graziano Milano.
Munich, Germany - Helen Varley Jamieson.
Sydney, Australia - Neil Jenkins.
Bon Marche Studio, University of Technology, Sydney, 17th June, 2010.
Bukhchuluun Ganburged (Mongolian horse fiddle and throat singing)
Roger Mills (Processed trumpets)
Martin Slawig (Laptop electronics and Max/MSP processing)
Debut live networked performance for the Ethernet Orchestra ensemble featuring:
Roger Mills (Processed Trumpet and Moog)
Yauvz Uydu (Oud & Bendir)
Mark Francombe (Processed Guitar)