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 is designed to accommodate latency and enable performers to musically interact in a synchronous fashion, building and exchanging 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. A dovetailed MIDI channel allocation caters for their respective actions while avoiding feedback loops, in a system with the potential to deliver performance information to and from each location in near real-time (10-30ms).
Following on from his Masters research and subsequent experimentation, founder Matt Bray established Telemidi in 2018 to provide a platform for the research and development of Telematic Music Performance networks.
Matt Bray has a rich history of professional music performance as a drummer, vocalist, guitarist and DAW operator since 1995. Combining emerging technology with various musical traditions Matt has innovated several methods of interactive performance and composition.
Over one hundred and eighty of Matt’s compositions are registered with APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association), and in addition to these musical exploits he has operated as a performer, composer and band manager of numerous outfits.
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, operating as a composer/performer for top the 40 album Extremist Makeover (28-Days) in 2004, again with the top 100 iTunes rock album Beautiful in Danger by middle eastern progressive rock outfit Jericco in 2013, and the performance of over 3,000 gigs in Australia and overseas. Matt completed a EU tour with earthy blues/rock outfit Dirt River Radio to launch their fourth album (2018), and will be releasing a debut album for the new, standout group Numanic Art in 2019.
Throughout these experiences, Matt also founded live electronica outfit K-Oscillate in 2001, and spent the following nine years performing predominantly live Drum and Bass, and in turn developed a complex, hybrid acoustic/electronic drum kit environment.
The detailed DAW set up involved in the K-Oscillate experience gradually evolved into a funk/reggae producing, 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 thirteen years of music lecturing and academic pursuits, 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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