Concert for Smartphone Network / Concert for Computer Network (2019-2020)


Try for yourself (same user interface and possibilities, solo smartphone, without network): Undulations.

Detailed project description

About the projects:

Concert for Smartphone Network and Concert for Computer Network are two versions of a work for distributed networked smartphone or laptop ensemble. It is at the same time a music composition, a piece of distributed computer software and a collective improvisation practice. The performers develop the music together and use the network system to explore new ways to connect with each other through collective music making. The network system behaves like one instrument for multiple players.

Both the software and the work have been developed by Aarhus-based composer and computer programmer Andreja Andric during 2019 and 2020. The software performs sound synthesis, visual effects and music-related network communication. It combines and synchronizes the individual music lines of different performers into one music flow, mitigating delays over long-distance networks. This makes it possible for the Ensemble to perform together in precise synchronization without having to be in the same place.

Certain aspects of the composition are built into the software itself. Some other aspects are free and the musicians can improvise and explore within the limitations and possibilities that the software provides.

The work is typically twenty minutes to an hour-long performance of fast and intense loops of synthesized sound. The music explores variation, repetition and dependencies between harmony and sound color in natural (non-tempered) scales and low (1-bit) sound resolution. In the version for laptops, the performers use a simple text interface where they change the melodic content and various parameters of sound, which brings the project close to distributed live-coding. In the version for smartphones, the performers control the music flow through a web interface with buttons and a swipe area. The audience can follow what the performers are doing on a screen that shows actions of each performer and the outcome of the actions whole ensemble.

The Ensemble is: Andreja Andric (DK), Maja Bosnic (RS), Małgorzata Żurada (CH/PL), and Marija Šumarac (RS).

Contact: andreja dot andric at gmail dot com

Concert for Computer/Smartphone Network has so far been performed:
  1. Udstillingstedet Spanien 19c in Aarhus (Zurada/Andric, November 23rd 2019),
  2. Dim in Belgrade (Bosnic/Andric, January 8th 2020),
  3. Livestreaming Concert on YouTube (livestreaming, Zurada/Bosnic/Andric, April 21st 2020),
  4. Station of Commons (livestreaming, Zurada/Bosnic/Visti/Andric, May 30th 2020),
  5. Network Music Festival (livestreaming, Zurada/Bosnic/Visti/Andric, July 17th 2020).
  6. Oscilloscope (livestreaming, Zurada/Bosnic/Andric, August 25th 2020).
  7. Der blöde dritte Mittwoch, Zurada/Bosnic/Andric, Saturday December 19th 2020.
  8. The Wrong 180 ( & Canal180) “Emissão Experimental”, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, May 22nd 2021.
  9. NYCEMF (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Zurada/Bosnic/Andric, Monday June 21st 2021.
  10. Music and/as Process, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, Saturday, June 26th 2021.
  11. Athens Digital Arts Festival 2021, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, Thursday, September 23rd 2021.
  12. Piksel 2021, Bergen, Norway, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, Saturday, November 20th 2021.
  13. Réseaux-mondes, a selection of audiovisual artworks curated by David Quiles Guilló for the collective exhibition Réseaux-mondes by Marie-Ange Brayer and Olivier Zeitoun, Centre Pompidou, Galerie 4, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, February 23rd - April 25th 2022
  14. ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) 2022, Limerick, Ireland, Zurada/Sumarac/Andric, Saturday, July 4th 2022.
  15. Live Electronics Concert, Cornaro Art Institute, Limassol, Cyprus, Tomasevich/Andric, Sunday, September 11th 2022.
  16. Beyond Quantum Music, live show, CZKD, Belgrade, Serbia, Zurada/Bosnic/Sumarac/Andric, Monday, October 10th 2022.
  17. Bits'n'Bolts, live show, Zentralwäscherei, Zürich, Switzerland, Zurada/Andric, Saturday, March 4th 2023.