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Jam this Wednesday

PitchWeb jam this Wednesday, June 29, from 6-8 pm EDT. The occasion is a book release party Routledge is giving for William Duckworth’s “Virtual Music: How the Web Got Wired for Sound.” They’ll be playing as DJ Tamara and the Laptops. The plan is to make the party a “virtual” experience: the party goers have been invited to bring their laptops, and Nora will be weaving the online band into Tamara’s house mix and a webcast.

Hope you can join them online at http://www.pitchweb.net/. All you have to do is click, sign on, join a group, and play along. As with the 12-hour May-Day PitchWeb jam, Wednesday’s session will also become source material for the yearlong Deep Time: Songs for Servers project that we’re beginning later this year.

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About the Book

– Must-reading for all interested in the world of web-based music
– Highlights diverse artists from John Cage to Moby to Scanner
– Includes unique CD sampler highlighting the composers and works discussed in the book

Virtual Music: How the Web Got Wired for Sound is a personal story of how one composer has created new music on the web, a history of interactive music, and a guide for aspiring musicians who want to harness the new creative opportunities offered by web composing.

For Bill Duckworth, the journey began in 1996 when he developed the idea for an interactive webcast, named “Cathedral,” which was developed over a period of 5 years. On its completion, “Cathedral” won numerous awards, including the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for composition, and has already inspired further experimentation.

But this is more than the story of one composer or one piece of music. The book traces the development of interactive music through the 20th century from Erik Satie through John Cage, Brian Eno, Moby, and Scanner. The technology itself is described as it has inspired experimentation by artists, including composers who have developed new ways to involve the audience in their music, plus possibilities for the non-musically trained to “play the Web.” Challenges facing the web composer-from copyright issues to commercialization-are analyzed with new solutions suggested.

Virtual Music is a fascinating story that will appeal to fans of new music, creators, performers, and anyone interested in how technology is transforming the arts.


Jun 28, 2005

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