Programme

Monday, 3rd April 2017

11:00-13:00

Performing Arts and Advanced Networking 101 – (Justin Trieger, New World Symphony, USA)

LOLA and Ultragrid and H.323, oh my! The options available for collaboration over advanced networks could leave one feeling like Dorothy lost in the woods. In this beginner session, you will learn a bit of history about how we arrived to the tools of today, the strengths and weaknesses of current technologies, explore some prominent use cases and observe brief demonstrations of the leading platforms. This session is designed to equip you with a baseline understanding for the activities that follow. Please leave your ruby slippers at home.

Slides:

Performing Arts and Advanced Networking

Audio, Video and Lighting


13:00-14:00  ARRIVALS

14:00-14:30  WELCOME

14:30-15:30   SESSION 1: Technical Updates

15:30-16:00  COFFEE BREAK
16:00-17:00   SESSION 2: Sound

Sound of music for distance learning/performance (Jesper Andersen, RDAM & Mikkel Nymand, Sennheiser)

An in depth presentation of important issues concerning the production of optimal sound to be transmitted via video conferencing systems. There will be special attention to elements like echo-cancelling, double acoustics and “difficult instruments”. The presentation will contain audio examples from sessions and also various test recordings comparing, for instance, the sound that the student produces to the actual sound that the teacher hears.

The presentation will give qualified inputs to experienced Distance Learning engineers, but also present a strong basis of knowledge very relevant to newcomers in this area.

The presentation will be wrapped up by Mikkel Nymand, who will be giving a look into the future of 3D audio and virtual reality.

17:00-17:10   DAY WRAP UP


 

17:10-17:40   CYBER PERFORMANCE

All participants of the NPAPW17 are invited to the Cyber Performance “Similarities” (with an introduction by Sven Ubik, CESNET) after the first day of the workshop.

Musicians in Prague, dancers in Miami and Copenhagen and a visual artist in Barcelona will collaboratively create a cyber performance “Similarities” to be presented in real time to the audience of the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2017 in Copenhagen. The artists will take advantage of real-time interaction, bringing together authenticity of locations, offering the audience a point of view from different angles, scales and multiple locations at the same time. Music will be played by the Unlimited Trio (Nikita Krein – acoustic guitar, Ilia Chernoklinov – Viola and Aleksander Yasinski – accordion). Dance will be performed by Jana Bitterova (Copenhagen) and Jocelyn Perez (Miami). Rosa Sánchez (Barcelona) will be the visual artist.

   

 

17:45-18:45   DRINKS RECEPTION

Drinks reception for all NPAPW17 participants, kindly hosted by Sennheiser.


Tuesday, 4th April 2017

09:00-10:30     SESSION 3: Research 

Paul Ferguson and Gill Davies will discuss key conclusions from seven LOLA case studies that began in 2012. Paul will then link this to his ongoing research into ‘remote recording studio’ music production in the commercial and education sectors.

This presentation draws on current doctoral research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland into how videoconferencing is being used to facilitate distance learning in instrumental music lessons.

From 2012-2014 The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Aalborg University carried out a large research project, investigating “Distance Learning in higher music education”. The findings of this project will be presented and enhanced by points of view from faculty/engineer interview sessions made after the project was completed.

  • Rehearsing and performing in cyber space: a focus on communication and interaction
    (Tania Lisboa, Royal College of Music, UK)

Higher Education music institutions are gradually becoming aware of how videoconferencing technology can increase possibilities for performers to collaborate over the internet. Research in this area, however, mainly focuses on teaching, with very few references to music performance. This talk will show the results of a longitudinal project on rehearsing and performing via Low Latency Audio and Video Streaming System (LoLa). It will discuss how musicians, who never met before, communicate and interact during rehearsal and performance via LoLa. It explores the participants’ previous experiences with technology, the development of their rehearsal strategies in this new environment, their social interactions in performing over the internet, and the impact of the technology on their work. This research is being developed at the RCM Centre for Performance Science in collaboration with the RDAM.

 10:30 – 11:00     COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 12:30      SESSION 4: Workshop

LOLA for education: presentation and brainstorming for new features for teachers and students scenarios (introduction by Stefano Bonetti, Conservatorio G. Tartini, Trieste)

An overview about the current state of the Lola system from a technical point of view and of why it is focused on very low latency, but also some previews on future version 2.0, including multiple nodes capabilities and other useful tools with a view to create an immersive educational experience.

12:30-13:30   LUNCH

Lunch provided at the venue for the participants of the workshop.

13:30-14:30   SESSION 5: Demonstrations

Demos of various technologies, used for teaching and auditioning.

  • Jesper Sivebæk (RDAM) coaching a student from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, Austria.

  • Morten Zeuthen (RDAM) coaching a student from Manhattan School of Music, USA.

  • Polycom update (Mike Dee, Distance Learning Administrative Associate, Manhattan School of Music, USA)
14:30-15:00   COFEE BREAK
15:00 – 16:30   SESSION 6: Panel Discussion

Remote teaching and learning: input from teachers, students and technicians (chaired by Ann Doyle, Internet 2, USA)

As we have seen from the demonstrations, remote teaching and learning creates opportunities for faculty and students to work together across the globe – enabling exposure for students to a vast range of instruction and teaching methodologies. Faculty, students and technicians often have experienced challenges, solutions and successes that we believe will be beneficial to explore. This panel seeks input from those involved in the demonstrations, and also from the workshop participants, about their experiences and what will be beneficial to understand for those facilitating remote learning at their institutions.  

16:30-17:00    BREAK


17:00-18:15     EVENING PERFORMANCE

All workshop participants are invited to an evening performance by RDAM students and their partners in remote locations.

If you would like to bring a guest, please contact Sigita Jurkynaitė (sigita.jurkynaite@geant.org)

Longing for the impossible for the moment it is real

Music written by five composition students and performed by music students from Royal Danish Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music in London. The performance also include choreographers and dancers from The Danish National School of Performing Arts and The Theatre Institute in Barcelona. The remote artists from Barcelona and London are brought in realtime via high bandwidth live streaming technology and everything is put together in an musical, multi-space audiovisual expression.

19:00-21:00  DINNER

All workshop participants are invited to join the dinner at the venue.


Wednesday, 5th April 2017

09:30-11:00  SESSION 7: Creative use of technology

The Coriolanus Online project began life as a virtual mobility project between the Disruptive Media Lab at Coventry University (UK) and the University of Tampere (Finland) which explored international co-operation in acting in a foreign language within a system that promotes a more environmentally sustainable model, eliminating the need to move large groups of student actors across the globe for rehearsals, workshops and even performances. Taking the text of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as a basis for study, students from both institutions worked on a small section of the script (3:3) in both Finnish and English. Repurposing H.323-videoconferencing technology and using large rear projection screens, high speed internet connections and unidirectional microphones, the intention was to create synchronicity between both sites and to have an invisible technological interface so that the performers could rehearse in much the same way as if they were sharing the same space in a live sense.

More information of the project, including a 38 minute documentary, can be found on the project website.

  • Music and Technology in Physical Therapy and Sport Coaching (Domenico Vicinanza, GÉANT | Anglia Ruskin University, UK & Genevieve Williams, Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

Art has always been a driver for technology and science, from the patent of the first music communication and streaming device (the Musical Telegraph, 1876) to the latest developments in terms of low-latency audio-video communication presented here at NPAPW2017.

The syngery between music, science and technology, however, does not stop here. Creating music from experiments and measurements is known as data sonification and it offers unique insights into both art and science. When coupled with networks, sonification can provide new ways to explore the world around us, new devices to experience science and even innovative methologies to learn new skills, bridging physical abilities and distances.

Music and sound from movements, captured by hi-tech remote sensors, can communicate extremely accurately the movement pattern. This can aid physical recovery by providing meaningful feedback to patients and performers. In addition, music from movements can improve adherence to therapy or training programs through positive and rewarding engagement.

11:00-11:30  COFFEE BREAK
11:30-12:00  Conversation with the RDAM students about their performance
12:00-12:30 The LoLa Library in Gig City (Mary Barnett, Chattanooga Public Library, Public Relations and LOLA Project Manager, USA)

When a public library is located in a “smart” city with an advanced network infrastructure like Chattanooga, it deepens and widens the scope and impact the library can have on its community. Chattanooga Public Library is using LoLa and the city’s gigabit smart grid to experiment with near-remote and distance learning modes as well as new service delivery models in the performing/recording arts, early literacy and mentorship. All while building human capacity and future resources to enable more innovation on advanced networks. With the public school system, neighbourhood organisations, artists and other creative innovators coming to the table as local collaborators this year, we plan to have a lot of fun figuring out what’s next while building a living LoLa Lab in our city.

 

12:30-13:00   What does the future bring? Conclusion by Ann Doyle (Internet2, USA)
13:00                DEPARTURES