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Live Stage: Music in the Global Village [hu Budapest]

venuethumbnail.jpgMusic in the Global Village conference, the first international conference dedicated exclusively to network music composition and performance to be held from September 6-8, 2007 in Budapest, Hungary. John Bischoff is the keynote speaker. There will be over 20 lectures by leading experts in the field as well as 3 concerts with ensembles from Europe and the United States.

The Music in the Global Village conference will also be an opportunity to present new research and development. The focus is on real-time composition and notation, which constitute an important ingredient of network music performance. The ability to compose music in real-time according to given rules and to have the result immediately displayed in standard notation on computer screens adds a new dimension to this recent art form that relies on advances in network technology as much as on successfully integrating musical ideas, and hence, gives traditionally trained musicians the opportunity to partake in performances ordinarily geared towards geeks and technophiles.

To this end, the Music in the Global Village project has commissioned a new Max object from Nick Didkovsky, New York-based composer, guitarist and programmer, who has developed JMSL, the Java Music Specification Language. This powerful music environment also contains JScore, a sophisticated and idiosyncratic music notation package which now has been fully integrated into Cycling ’74’s MaxMSP graphical programming environment via the MaxScore object. With this object, MaxMSP possesses powerful notation capabilities which brings it up to par with other composition environments such as OpenMusic and PWGL.

In order to connect MaxScore to the highly specialized notation interface of Quintet.net, the network performance platform of the European Bridges Ensemble, Hungarian composer, programmer and physics student Ádám Siska wrote the Java-based ScoreTranslator object which converts JScore’s XML tags into Max lists and adds additional information about music spacing. Its proper functioning is the prerequisite of tapping into the vast field of real-time composition and notation within the framework of Quintet.net.

Both works were commissioned by Bipolar German-Hungarian cultural
projects – an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the sponsor of the Music in the Global village project.


Jul 2, 2007
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