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Cueing and Composing for Long Distance Network Music Collaborations

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Long distance network music collaborations beyond the ensemble performance threshold (EPT) as exposed by Schuett in 2002 where playability is affected beyond a roundtrip network delay of 50ms calls for the development of cueing mechanisms that are methodical and linked to musical parameters. The cueing strategies involved in such musical interactions will depend on the type of repertoire played and the network distance (ND) between the nodes involved in the performance. This paper proposes a semi-standardized cueing framework for real time collaborations over the network with latencies of more than 50ms. The paper also explores a compositional methodology for creating network centric performances, which couldn’t occur outside of a networked situation.

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