Musical networks in experimental electronic performance

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Apple University Consortium


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)




Riddoch, M. & Bird, J. (2010). Musical networks in experimental electronic performance. In Createworld Conference 2010 Development & Training for Digital Arts Professionals: Proceedings of the CreateWorld10 Conference. (pp. 37-42). Brisbane, Australia. Conference available here.


The paper outlines three practical uses for Internet and LAN networks in the performance of electronic and electroacoustic music currently utilized in teaching and learning at WAAPA Composition and Music Technology, Edith Cowan University: From live streaming audio broadcasts connecting virtual performers around the world, to synchronised electronic graphic scores and on to distributed computing networks utilizing Max/MSP over UDP to produce multichannel spatial music works. The use of musical networks enables the electronic composer to integrate virtual ensembles and/or large amounts of data distributed over LAN and the Internet. These networks and their technological setups also both open up and form the limits of the possibilities for electronic composition and are particularly useful for indeterminate approaches to highly structured improvisation in electronic composition and performance.