I have been reading up on hypertext and hypermedia theory and looked around for papers on hypermusic. One of the few papers I found on the topic was by John Maxwell Hobbs describing his 1998 piece Web Phases.
Georg Hajdu has just released a new version of his Quintet.net performance system.
“Quintet.net is an interactive network performance environment invented and developed by composer and computer musician Georg Hajdu. It enables up to five performers to play music over the Internet under the control of a “conductor.” The environment, which was programmed with the graphical programming language Max/MSP consists of four components: the Server, the Client, the Conductor and the Listener; the latter component enables the Internet/network audience to follow the performance […]. In addition, there is a Viewer add-on for the Client and Listener components.”
One of my favourite projects:
I think Kurt Ralske puts it very well in “The Pianist: A Note on Digital Technique”
“For the classical pianist, the tedium of endless hours of practicing scales takes on an aura of nobility; it’s a virtuous, character-building activity. Instead of practicing scales, the digital artist learns software and hardware, learns programming languages, learns the techniques of creating digital models of sound, image, information, and intelligence.”
I wonder when music technologists will be employed in orchestras as musicians.