Read the full story on WIRED magazine (Italian)
"Mixed Reality Performance is an experiment in which physical spaces and Musicians from different continents encounter one another on-line. Promoted by MITO SettembreMusica in collaboration with the Stanford Humanities Lab and the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, this production is an experiment in on-line interaction among musicians in different locations. While a pianist plays their music is manipulated by other musicians on-line; from across the ocean other acoustic realities are manipulated and appear projected in 3-D on walls. Spectators are immersed in a recreated world of sound in an installation that marks the birth of the performance spaces on Sirikata, the most recent open source platform on the web."
Terry Riley: "In C", for Laptop Orchestra and Acoustic Instruments
Juan-Pablo Caceres, Robert Hamilton: Canned Bits Mechanics, for Three Remote Disklaviers at CCRMA, a Piano and Visualizations in Sirikata
Robert Hamilton, Juan-Pablo Caceres" Of Two Worlds, for Interactive Sirikata Performers
Dialogues, Networked Improvisations
ambisonics: A surround-sound 16 channel system made up of 8 speakers will be used in the MiTo performances. The system is powered by Ambisonics: an algorithm for both encoding sound with specific coordinate positions and decoding that sound to a speaker array in such a way that the sound is given a perceptual position within the listening space. This allows for an exceedingly high degree of accuracy in the spatialization of sound.
jacktrip: JackTrip software was developed at CCRMA by the SoundWire research group. It allows high quality audio to be streamed bidirectionally across the internet, making use of ultra-fast research internet connections for the sending of multiple streams of audio with a single audio channel often assigned to every single instrument. The SoundWIRE group is exploring ways not only of minimizing network delays so as to allow distant players to perform together live, but also to employ delay as a structural musical element that may, for example, give rise to works that are heard differentially on either side of the internet divide.
q3osc: Q3osc is a virtual musical environment built on the Quake III open-source game engine used in concert performances by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. In both q3osc and Sirikata, communication between the virtual world and the sound server is made using a protocol called "Open Sound Control" or "OSC", developed at the University of California at Berkeley.
sirikata: The MiTo festival performances mark the inaugural public presentation of Sirikata, an open source virtual world platform for deploying 3D multi-user online environments developed at Stanford University over the past three years. The word Sirikata has two meanings: it designates populations of meerkats who choose to work together in underground burrows and it translates the Japanese term for ways of knowing. Both meanings underscore the developers’ that collaboration and open information sharing and the triangulation of research, pedagogy, and experimental art practice.
The performance will take place in Milan, Italy on September 12 and 13.
Link: Stanford Humanities Lab
Link: Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Link: MiTo Festival (info about the performance)
Link: WIRED Italy
From left to right: Juan-Pablo Caceres, Chryssie Nanou, Robert Hamilton (CCCRMA)