Living with Net Lag
Internet latency can be ignored, tolerated or exploited in making music together at a distance. The premise that these are distinct ways of relating to lag is examined in case histories of recent projects. Scores of examples of split ensembles collaborating remotely in real time can be cited from the last few years. Five scenarios from this musical world have been selected to look closely at music being made across networks and the differing relationships to lag. Each involves large or multi-site ensembles. The first four represent academic/contemporary idioms (involving jacktrip software and advanced university networks) and the last is a working band which uses commodity tools to rehearse pop music covers (using jamLinks and standard residential networks).
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