December 16th, 2014
We are pleased to announce the release of our debut album Diaspora : Explorations in Tele-Improvisation through the Chilean net label Peublo Nuevo released 16.12.14.
Diaspora is a compilation of live freely improvised performances by Ethernet Orchestra recorded between 2009-2014. It features musicians from a diverse range of cultures and musical traditions performing simultaneously between Iran and Australia via North America, Brazil and Europe. The ensemble combines an array of instruments including Mongolian horse fiddle & throat singing, tabla, Persian tanbur & tar blended with Buchla synthesizer, guitar, trumpet, sax and Max/MSP processing.The majority of the recordings are from performances with live, online, and co-located audiences. Many of these performances also included visual artists Helen Varley Jamieson, Neil Jenkins, Graziano Milano and Michael Szpakowski mixing live visual collages in the networked audiovisual platform VisitorsStudio. These mixes can be viewed from the menu above.
Performing musicians include; Mark Francombe (NO) – guitar Bukhchuluun Ganburged (MN) – morin khuur & throat singing Richard Lainhart (US) – buchla 200e, haken continuum & guitar Roger Mills (AU) – processed trumpets Hervé Perez (FR/UK)- soprano saxophone & electronics Shaun Premnath (MY/ AU) – tabla Peyman Sayyadi (IR, CA)– tanbur, Martin Slawig (DE) – processed percussion & electronics Aref Toloei (IR)– tar Yavuz Uydu (TR/AU) – oud, bendir Elke Utermöhlen (DE) – processed voice & electronics.
During this period we also had the great fortune to collaborate with the late Richard Lainhart, who is featured on many of the recorded improvisations. Ethernet Orchestra would like to dedicate this album to Richard whose passion and generosity lives on in these recordings. Thanks also to Richards wife, Caroline Meyers for the sleeve design.
Watch out for live performances in 2015 !
August 28th, 2014
After a year long hiatus, Ethernet Orchestra is once again performing and recording material for an album that will released in the Autumn of 2014. The recordings will feature mixes dating back over the past 4 years and will include performances from all of the musicians during this period. This will also include performances from the late Richard Lainhart who will be still present with us in the recordings. His partner Caroline Meyers has agreed to design the artwork and in many ways the album will be an epitaph to our work with Richard.
We are especially fortunate to have Persian tar player Aref Toloei who has been joining us from Tehran, Iran and has added a distinct sound to our most recent recordings.
Listen to sneak preview.
While Roger Mills has been busy with his thesis he has also found time to write a book chapter with Kirsty Beilharz that examines interaction in networked music performance entitled The Networked Unveiled. Evaluating Tele-Musical Interaction. In L. Candy & S. Ferguson (Eds.), Interactive Experience in the Digital Age: Evaluating New Art Practice. London, Springer.
The paper that Roger gave to the Cyposium of Cyberformance is finally being published in a book dedicated to the event. The paper is called The Metaphorical Basis of Perception in Network Music Performance. In A. Abrahams & H. V. Jamieson (Eds.) Cyposium: The Book, Brescia, Italy, Link Editions.
Watch this space for information about downloading these articles.
November 16th, 2013
Saturday 23rd November, 2013
Aref Toloei Tar (Tehran), Iran
Roger Mills Processed Trumpets, Sydney, Australia
Elke Utermöhlen Processed Voice Max/MSP live at Bunkier Sztuki Kraków
Martin Slawig Priocessed Percussion Max/MSP live at Bunkier Sztuki Kraków
10pm Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland
9pm London, UK
4pm New York, US
8am Sunday 24th Sydney, Australia
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Streamed on liminal-sound.net radio
November 15th, 2012
photograph Kyle Nolin
121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance, 12th December 2012
Live improvised A/V performance Oceans Between Sound featuring Ethernet Orchestra and visual artists Graziano Milano & Michael Szpakowski
Ethernet Orchestra are performing 2 shows:
Show 1 – 19:30 (Sydney) AEST 8:30 am GMT
Show 2 – 20:30 GMT
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Exploring interdisciplinary and intercultural networked creativity, this audiovisual performance will feature Ethernet Orchestra collaborating with visual artists Michael Szpakowski and Graziano Milano who will be mixing visual collages in VisitorsStudio.
The inspiration for the performance Oceans between Sound considers the ebb and flow of network data as metaphor for the world oceans separating the members of the ensemble and their dispersed lives.
The event is also showcasing earlier works by artists working in the field called “Walking backwards into the future” – a programme of 19 remounted cyberformances from the past five festivals (5-11 December). Follow this link to the schedule and time converters. more details
September 11th, 2012
12th – 13th October, 2012 From 15:00 GMT
I will be doing a presentation for the online symposium on Cyberformance, 13th October over various online platforms and hosted in Sydney by Sense Aware lab, University of Technology, Sydney. It starts at 3pm GMT and runs throughout the northern evening of the 12th. There are interesting talks by Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Alan Sondheim, Miljana Perić, Stephen A. Schrum, Joseph DeLappe, Adriene Jenik, ActiveLayers, Roger Mills, Maja Delak and Luka Prinčić. It will be hosted by multi-user online platforms UpStage, and Waterwheel Tap.
My presentation Ethernet Orchestra: Case Studies of Networked Intercultural Improvisation is at 8:30 AEST and 22:30 GMT. While this is early for us here in Sydney, there will be an open online discussion between attending and presenting artists, researchers and interested participants. Everyone welcome to come and sit in.
February 2nd, 2012
Screenshot VisitorsStudio, by Graziano Milano
Distant Presences 3 is the third in a trilogy of live networked A/V performances by the Ethernet Orchestra, recorded in November 2011. It features Richard Lainhart (Buchla Contiumm) and Roger Mills (processed trumpet) live @ O-Town Sound, New York, Hervé Perez (Sax & electronics) in Sheffield, UK and live cinema artist Graziano Milano, London.
The performance followed paper presentation by Roger Mills at ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, Atlanta November 4-6, and a guest lecture at Pauline Oliveros’ doctoral research group on 11th November at Rensselaer Polytechnic, Albany.
Richard Lainhart passed away on the 30th December 2011. Our hearts go out to Richards wife, Caroline Meyers and we send our condolences and best wishes for the memorial concert on 4th March.
December 31st, 2011
RIP Richard Lainhart
On behalf of all of the Ethernet Orchestra, it is with sadness that we reflect on the death of our fellow networked collaborator and musical virtuoso Richard Lainhart, who passed away yesterday 30th December, 2011.
Having worked with him over the years, and then finally meeting him in person last month for the New York show, I personally feel both a sense of loss but also fortune that I was blessed with the opportunity to share his company during the week that I stayed with him and his wife Caroline.
Last night, Martin, Elke and I were looking back on the great performances the ensemble did did this year, and the wonderful experience of the radio feature, which is now all the more poignant in that it unknowingly captured a part of our history that will never be repeated.
As evidenced by the hundreds of obituaries and condolences left on his facebook page, he was deeply respected among a large cross genre musical community and all those that knew him.
RIP Richard, your passion and generosity touched many of us and your music will continue your presence in our lives.
December 2nd, 2011
Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany is broadcasting a radio feature on Ethernet Orchestra through their DEGEM web radio from today. The two hour program documents our performances over the last two years and contains interviews with the musicians speaking about their experiences of working with the project and the different aspects of the telematic improvisatory music making. Thanks to radio journalist Mirko Heinemann and blackhole-factory for supporting it.
Access broadcast and ZKM HERE.
The program is broadcast twice a day for a month and can be listened to a different times each day. It is scheduled within program block E.
Monday: 10am + 10pm
Tuesday: 8am + 8pm
Wednesday: 6am + 6pm
Thursday: 4am + 4pm
Friday: 2am + 2pm
Saturday: 0am and 0pm
Sunday: 6am + 6pm
The time is CET Central European Time == UTC + 1 hour
November 26th, 2011
18th November, 2011 – Final Ethernet Orchestra performance for 2011 at Bon Marche Studio, Harris St, Sydney.
Featuring live in Sydney
Roger Mills – processed trumpets
Shaun Premnath – Tabla
Yavuz Uydu – Oud & Bendir
Martin Slawig – Percussion / Max/MSP processing
Hervé Perez – Sax & Electronics
The evening also featured performances by Pedro Rebello & Ben Carey.
Listen to audio excerpt
October 29th, 2011
Ethernet Orchestra NYC show – 12th November 2011, 8-9pm @ O-Town Sound.
This unique A/V performance features Richard Lainhart, Roger Mills performing in a one off live event with Yavuz Uydu (AU) and Hervé Perez (UK). Networked live cinema mixing by Graziano Milano in the online A/V interface VisitorsStudio. Remote listeners can listen and view the performance online. Venue details.
To experience audio visual performance online open the following urls in separate browser windows.
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During his visit to New York, Roger Mills will be teaming up with long time ensemble collaborator Richard Lainhart and they will be performing together live with members of the online ensemble. Despite numerous networked performances together, this will be the first time the pair will have met and collaborated in person. The performance will also feature networked live cinema mixing by audiovisual artist Graziano Milano in London.
The online ensemble will feature:
Yavuz Uydu – Turkish oud & bendir
Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Hervé Perez – Laptop electronics and Soprano Sax
Ethernet Orchestra A/V excerpts here.
ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference , Atlanta, Georgia, 3-6th November 2011. One of twelve internationally selected papers for presentation at the graduate student symposium and masterclass. More details.