Telemidi is an approach to Networked Music Performance (NMP) that enables musicians to co-create music in real-time by simultaneously exchanging MIDI data over The Internet. Computer networking brings with it the factor of latency (a delay of data transfer), the prevalent obstacle within NMP's, especially when attempting to match the interaction of traditional performance ensembles.
Telemidi designs accommodate latency to enable musical cooperation in a synchronous fashion. Collaborators build and exchange musical ideas, improvising and composing (Comprovising) freely, regardless of the physical distance between them.
Telemidi works by exchanging MIDI data in a duplex fashion between the IP addresses of two performers, each of whom are running near-identical soft/hardware DAW environments.
Following on from his Masters research and subsequent experimentation, founder Matt Bray established Telemidi in 2017 to provide a platform for the research and development of Telematic Music Performance networks.
Matt Bray is a professional musician, drummer, vocalist, guitarist and DAW operator since 1996. Combining emerging technology with various musical traditions Matt innovates interactive performance and composition.
Over one hundred and sixty compositions are registered with APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association), and he has performed over 3,200 gigs.
Genres embraced by Matt’s compositions and performances include rock, punk rock, blues, progressive rock, funk, acid jazz, reggae, drum and bass, electronica, orchestral and experimental.
Highlights involve the performance of his composition Jazz-Latin Overtones by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1994, collaborating with Carl Cox for the 2021 soundtrack for Venom II, operating as a composer/performer for top the 40 album Extremist Makeover (28-Days) in 2004, and the top 100 iTunes rock album Beautiful in Danger by middle eastern progressive rock outfit Jericco in 2013. Matt completed two EU tours with earthy blues/rock outfit Dirt River Radio in 2016 and 2018.
Matt founded live electronica outfit K-Oscillate in 2001, spending nine years performing live Drum and Bass, therein developing a complex, hybrid acoustic/electronic drum kit environment.
This detailed DAW set up gradually evolved into a funk/reggae, grid-based composition platform in 2014 (Phantom Hitmen), wherein the concept of connecting two such environments across the Internet became a focal point for further exploration.
As Internet bandwidth, computer processing power and software application functionality developed, Matt invested increasing amounts of energy into developing performance environments within networked DAW infrastructure. Coupled with Higher Education lecturing since 2007, the understanding of this technology’s progression towards commercially viable music (synced live gigs) has been a motivating factor for Telemidi.
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