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Migration of Ethernet Orchestra Blog

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The Ethernet Orchestra blog has now migrated to

This site will remain as an archive of previous work by the group. We look forward to seeing you on our new site.

Debut Ethernet Orchestra Album Released 16.12.14

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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.

Download here

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 !

Ethernet Orchestra Album Under Construction

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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.

Publishing News
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.

Ethernet Orchestra live @ AudioArt Festival, Kraków, Poland

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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 radio

UpStage Festival of Cyberformance

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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


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

Online CyPosium on Cyberformance

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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.

Distant Presences 3

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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.

RIP Richard Lainhart

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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.


Ethernet Orchestra ZKM Radio Feature

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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

Ethernet Orchestra Diffuse #6

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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

Braunschweig, Germany
Martin Slawig – Percussion / Max/MSP processing

Sheffield, UK
Hervé Perez – Sax & Electronics

The evening also featured performances by Pedro Rebello & Ben Carey.

Listen to audio excerpt