A Wireless, Real-time, Distributed Music Composition and Performance System

By Ian Gibson.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Developed at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, known for its association with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and National Sonic Art Forum, Cellmusic presents the performer with a set of composition and performance tools. During a performance, mobile devices communicate with each other, and may create sonic events in a passive (non interactive) mode or influence the performance using the device’s interface. Launched in September 2008, Cellmusic is soon to debut in public performance after having made a number of successful private performances. Its accessibility and portability enable the system to be used by composers and sonic artists who choose to explore a variety of physical environments for composition (such as parks and other public spaces). This paper describes the Java programming environment, the system hierarchy, pieces written for the system, the evolving compositional processes and future considerations for system development.

Keywords: Composition, Performance, Distributed, Wireless, Java, Cellmusic, Mobile

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.303-310. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 630.176KB).

Dr. Ian Gibson

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, School of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Ian Gibson joined Huddersfield University as Senior Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology in 2008. Before joining Huddersfield he was SL and Leader of the Creative Technology Research Group at Bournemouth University. He has also been employed in a full-time research capacity at the University of Oxford where he initiated and participated in Music Technology research, lecturing, tuition and studio management. He was awarded an MSc and PhD in Music Technology at the University of York, and has a first degree in Computer Studies. Dr. Gibson’s research interests are as follows: collaborative composition using the Internet, performance interfaces, analysis and synthesis of the singing voice, electroacoustic/electronic music composition and virtual learning environments.


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