Telematics, Art and the Evolution of Networked Music Performance

  • Roger MillsEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)


This chapter explores the evolution of practices and research in the fields of networked music performance (NMP) and telematic art with a focus on tele-improvisation. It outlines the development of telecommunications technologies in tandem to the creative projects and systems devised by artists and musicians. The emphasis here is on the innovations of the practitioner, adapting and developing approaches and technologies for creative purpose. It is not intended to be an exhaustive survey but rather an overview of telematic sound, music and arts practices, and the technological agenda that has shaped NMP research. This chapter highlights how artists have been at the forefront of exploring the conceptual and philosophical characteristics of remote networked interaction. Musicians, on the other hand, have primarily focused on the technical aspects of interface development, synchronisation, and connectivity. The literature reveals the need for a greater understanding of the interactive and experiential characteristics of the telematic musical experience, which this book addresses. The chapter begins with a summary and history of relevant network technologies and architectures to provide an overview of key terms and concepts referred to throughout the book.


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  1. 1.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

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