Remote Connectedness: Networked Proximity
Network Music Festival 2020, online streaming on 18 July 2020
How do we generate meaningful connections with our contemporaries and comrades when our movements are restricted by measures against something like a world pandemic? How can we take care of our communities through digital networks? What kind of political space can and does digital streaming audio/visual art enable? These are only a few questions informing this collaborative work.
The remote online sound performance is created by two musicians and sound artists who have creatively met numerous times already in the context of the Slovenian inter-media and contemporary art scene. The performance will explore the sense of remote connectedness and networked proximity through ideas of aesthetics of streaming in a post-streaming world. Both artists streamed their sound to an IceCast2 server using libre Ogg/Opus codec and captured the streams from each other for further processing and feedback loops from remote locations. Prinčič used the SuperCollider environment and beepblip the VCV Rack virtual modular synthesiser. Multiple mount points with low and high bit rates were used with the intention of exploring digital artefacts caused by compression.
beepblip (Ida Hiršenfelder) is a sound artist and archivist. She makes immersive bleepy psychogeographical soundscapes using analogue electronics, DIY and modular synths, field recordings and computer manipulations. She is interested in bioacoustics, experimental and microtonal music.
Luka Prinčič is a musician, sound designer and media artist. He has been writing music, creating sound art, performing, and manipulating new media in various ways since the mid-’90s. He specialises in computer music, elaborated funk beats, immersive soundscapes, incidental music for live arts & video, and digital media experiments.