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Gridjam: Experimental Music Project

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High performance collaborative network computing will allow musicians in distant locations to deliver successful performances, according to Jack Ox, co-creator of Gridjam, a new high-speed international optiphonic network. Musicians, who need to see facial expressions and body movements in real time, would be able to use Gridjam to create a live, partly improvised, three-dimensional (3-D) visualized performance. The music would appear as colored shapes and remain as a 3-D graphical sculpture after the performance.

The artists define the metaphoric relationships of the colors, images, shapes, motions, and placement of the visualized musical shapes. "Gridjam is important because it shows that artists in dispersed locations can reconnect, performing and responding to each other with great intimacy," says Ox.

Networks that are fast enough to deliver real-time performances to real-time audiences will eventually replace physical places and specific cities as cultural centers, according to Ox.

From Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
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