Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Sunday, May 19 • 11:00 - 11:30
Network Timed Ensembles: Musical Performance and Composition in the Interconnections of Apps and Devices

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This paper will analyse the musical affordances of mobile technologies and apps using ‘Music Interaction’ studies (Holland et al. 2013) as a critical framework. This paper presents qualitative and analytical enquiry featuring two primary case studies collected during 2015-2017. The first case study details the perspectives of key personnel within music software company Ableton AG during the release of Ableton Link, a networked audio software protocol which allows musicians to play in-time with each other across compatible apps. This case study reveals the design choices, user testing protocols, and user feedback cycles which contribute to audio software development. The second case study documents experiences of university students performing in a mobile device ensemble. These students primarily considered themselves repertoire performers, but were asked to sustain a collaborative music creation project that culminated in an original performance involving unfamiliar networked musical apps and devices. The students reconfigured their musical identities to encompass composition, improvisation and production skills. The experience of student musicians is compared to the user testing and design protocols of software developers to identify the ways apps and mobile devices are recasting aspects of ensemble music performance including time, gesture, co-ordination and the related musical concepts such as notation and arrangement.

Holland, S., Wilkie, K., Mulholland, P., & Seago, A. (2013). Music and Human-Computer Interaction (Springer Series on Cultural Computing). London: Springer London.

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Eve Klein

Senior Lecturer, Music Technology & Popular Music, University of Queensland
Dr Eve Klein is a lecturer in music technology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is also an operatic mezzo soprano, a composer, and an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. Eve's research is concentrated on music technology, recording cultures and contemporary music. Her current... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 11:00 - 11:30 EDT
Classroom 411 (4th floor)