A Distributed Concert Performance

Produced by Tom Beyer with Tim Shuttleworth and Michael Palumbo, From the Ether was a special joint presentation by members of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Technical Committee on Network Audio Standards.

The presentation took place on October 30, 2015, simultaneously in the Frederick Loewe Theater at New York University and at the Distributed Performance and Sensorial Immersion Lab at York University, Toronto.

Musicians and dancers were located in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Stanford (California), Tromsø (Norway), and Buenos Aires. Audio and video were transmitted between all locations over high-bandwidth internet links. The audience in New York was able to hear and see the performers via a multiple-screen projection. 


At each location, all global musicians’ contributions were mixed together locally, such that each location experienced a complete orchestra.


In order to inform the audience as to how the underlying technology is being utilized, how they can use it, and how it serves the music, the producers arranged for brief talks to precede the performances, each addressing a particular aspect of distributed performance, including time differences, compositional considerations, equipment, techniques, and production affordances and constraints.