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Networked Streaming Audio Performance

forwarded by Shu Lea Cheang –
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TRAMJAM – VIENNA RUSHHOUR by Mumbai Streaming Attack
A multi-track-multi-driver mix hub streaming jam session of Vienna city vibe, orchestrated in sync with the city’s tram routing schedule.
TRAMJAM is a project that Shu Lea Cheang started when teaching networked performance at Zurich’s HGKZ. The work will go on to other cities where there are tramlines. The next stop- Rotterdam and the Deaf Festival ?04 Affective Turbulence: The Art of Open Systems in November.

Thanks for sharing this event Shu Lea.
Would you comment on your involvement in this project?
Can you, for instance, compare the Zurich and Vienna experiences?
Is there online documentation of the Zurich events that you can direct folks to?

Collaborative and collective process is really important to us (blog & conference organizers) and we see it as a core component of networked_performance – both within groups developing work, and with the inclusion and contribution of viewers/users/participants/ to the work. The website notes that ‘the Mumbai Streaming Attack study group expands to include local participants for each performance’. Do you mean in the respect that participants can upload sounds and contribute in that manner – or do you also connect with local artists for implementation/augmentation of prior iterations of the work? Would you talk about the technology and process involved?
Would you give us an overview of your personal practice and describe how this particular project is a continuation of that or has grown out of your former practice?
Would you comment on your specific involvement in this project?

ABOUT THE WORK: Each driver/jammer conceives and collects soundfiles for a chosen tram route, joins together on location and online to perform collective impressions of Vienna city limits, whose tramlines connectivity forms the city’s transport mainframe.

Along each tram route, personal, social and political association are considered for the composition of the specific sound files. Local sound artists, hackers, jammers are invited to ?drive? and ?mix? the (sound)stracks. The city’s tram info broadcast cuts in to inform the happenings by the minute as the trams cable through the cities.

TRAMJAM also extends its programming to involve the city’s mobile community. Through mobile devices, the transporting public are invited to send in voice/sound/texts messages for the mix.

The live performance is streamed live on the internet and on local radio. We invite the travelling public to listen in with their travelling radios. The orchestration of the tramlines/tramtracks is self-directed syncopation with open source soundfiles that are accessible to all participants.

Mumbai Streaming Attack is a networked performance study group currently based at SNM/HGKZ in Zurich. The group first performed TRAMJAM-ZURICH RUSHHOUR for broadcast at reboot.fm (Berlin) in February, 2004. The group’s members expand to include local participants for each tram city performance.


Jul 27, 13:58

2 Responses

  1. shulea:

    tramjam-zurich rushhour
    http://snm01.snm-hgkz.ch/~tram/

    Zurich has 13 tramlines
    Vienna has 32 tramlines.
    for Vienna performance, hosted by
    public netbase’s free bitflow conference,
    we gathered 32 tramjammers, mostly, Vienna locals,
    to join us live at Karlplatz station and the streaming
    via reboot.fm (berlin bootlab) and local Orange radio.
    The programming for the 32 tramline performance is timed with the tram’s stops on the scheduled route, the
    sound of the city is heard only when the tram stops,
    when the tram door opens. the programming is written
    in open source PD (personal data) software. while the PD is timed and programmed formally rigidly according to 32 tramlines stop-door open schedule, at the open performance site,we also take in improvisational happening. passer bys take over the mike and preaches or sings. We also try tramjamming from tramline 5… the jammer listens to tramjam love boradcast on radio via boombox and phone in his own
    sound vibe as he rides the tram….
    it is a frentic jam at the station… a total public event.

    The website notes that ‘the Mumbai Streaming Attack study group expands to include local participants for each performance’. Do you mean in the respect that participants can upload sounds and contribute in that manner – or do you also connect with local artists for implementation/augmentation of prior iterations of the work? Would you talk about the technology and process involved?
    Would you give us an overview of your personal practice and describe how this particular project is a continuation of that or has grown out of your former practice?
    Would you comment on your specific involvement in this project?


  2. sher doruff:

    The Connected! Programme of Waag Society and
    Anatomic, an Ongoing Distributed Performance Lab
    wiki: http://anatomix.waag.org

    The Sensing Presence department of Waag Society in Amsterdam has been hosting the Connected! programme since February 2003. The aim of the Connected! Programme is to establish a framework whereby international, interdisciplinary artists and publics can regularly meet to evolve a distributed performative aesthetic based on shared, networked environments. The programme started in early 2003 and will run for two years with some components continuing indefinitely. It consists of six elements: Anatomic lab, Sentient Creatures, Artists in Residence, Projects, Workshops and Dissemination.

    Within the ANATOMIC program we aim to facilitate an exchange of knowledge, culture and skills between artists and participating publics outside Western Europe and North America. Through discovery of scalable, communicative techniques utilizing distributed technologies, interactive broadband and multi-user collaborative environments, we are looking to build and enhance resources in a creative commons. Cultural diversity and difference stimulates the dynamic process of mediated communication and we hope to continue nourishing both online and offline intercommunity praxis by connecting on a world stage.

    Anatomic aims at growing the skills of the local participants through knowledge exchange and shared expertise in real-time, multi-user, multi-channel environments such as Waag Society�s KeyWorx platform. Informal workshops, tutorials, presentations, performance events and explorations of applications and technologies including telekinetic devices, public and haptic interfaces and digital performative environments (Max/MSP/Jitter, pd, Isadora, SuperCollider, PHP, Director) are supported by the hi-bandwidth Gigaport backbone.

    The weekly labs are streamed to participating artists and organizations that upload their simultaneous activities. Emphasis is placed on learning the tools and language of interaction, distributed broadband media networks and performance practice that investigates these technologies. One challenge of the experiment lies in distributing this learning process to an extended community of participants and viewers in the upcoming phases of the project. Members of the group have participated in several distributed performances at events such as Next 5 Minutes, e-Culture Fair, Medi@terra, Le Placard, Viroid Flophouse, Multiplace, Transhack Meeting and the Trans-European Picnic.

    In Q4 2004-2005, the lab will meet once a month on a specific theme. Special attention will focus on connecting with Eastern European partners through workshops and performance although contact/connection with other artists and art organizations worldwide is encouraged. Join the mailing list!

    The lecture series SENTIENT CREATURES featured internationally known artists and theorists in live, streamed interviews by Graham Smith.
    http://connected.waag.org/sentient.html

    The ARTIST IN RESIDENCY programme has facilitated artists such as Michelle Teran, Nancy Mauro Flude, Mark Meadows, Beth Coleman, and a cooperative atelier with guest artists at Stichting STEIM � Amsterdam based center for electronic music.

    The first of the PROJECTS of the Connected! Programme took place during the DEAF03 festival. It consisted of a performance connecting artists in Rotterdam and New York – Interfacing KeyWorx/Radiotopia, a masterclass by Sher Doruff on collaborative culture and an article about the context and outcomes in the V2_ publication Making Art of Databases.
    http://www.naipublishers.nl/art/databases_e.html

    Two other Connected! Projects are planned for summer/winter 2004: the Vernacular installation of Soundlab (Beth Coleman/Howard Goldfarb) of New York and LiveForm:Telekinetics project of Canadian artists Jeff Mann/Michelle Teran.
    http://lftk.waag.org

    One of the enabling technologies of the Connected Program is KeyWorx. This technology, under continuing development at Waag Society, is one of the most powerful existing tools for dynamic collaborative creation over a network. The technology is freely downoadable for Mac OSX and will be open sourced/cross-platform in 2005.
    http://www.keyworx.org

    The Connected! Programme is supported by the Netherlands Culture Fund of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs (HGIS Cultuurprogramma), the Ministery of Education, Culture and Science, and Telbotics. Anatomic facilitators are Guy van Belle and Arjen Keesmaat. Floor van Spaendonck is head of Sensing Presence and Sher Doruff is creative director.

    Related links:
    http://connected.waag.org/archive.html
    http://www.waag.org


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