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MATT BRAY

07 May 2022

TELEMIDI: THE FUTURE OF REMOTE MUSIC COLLABS

There’s no question around the disruption of the COVID pandemic on the music industry, in particular, live performance. 

The Covid-19 pandemic severely limited collaboration among musicians in rehearsals and ensemble performances, and demanded radical shifts in collaborative practices. Many attempts were made to deliver live performances, festivals and collaborations, however the spectre of latency laid waste to many of these efforts.

Telemidi live remote music performance, Perth and London, May 2022

Anyone who’s tried to perform music over the internet with another collaborator would know that latency is a BIG issue.  Latency is the delay in hearing what’s happening after you have played some notes, and really disrupts the process of creating live music.

There were some positives to come out of COVID, for example one million UK residents took up a musical instrument during this time. There was a global increase in the creator economy, including a 35% increase in the number of independent artists out there, with an overall increase of up to 200% in output.  This outstripped the increase in music streaming  by eight times.

Clearly, people’s desire for music is stronger than ever.  To listen, to create, to express and to share. The global audience is ready to play over the internet in real-time, to collaborate across borders and oceans and to begin a new chapter around the culture of musical creation in the 21st Century.

With the increasing demand for music collaboration over the internet, how do we solve the issue of latency?

Ocean Floor Music team member Matt Bray, has developed the process of Telemidi as part of his PhD research at WAAPA in Perth, Australia. Take a look at the recent demonstration of a live performance between Matt, in Perth, and Bernardo Varela, in London, which also featured a stunning Virtual Reality feed of visuals that were responding to the MIDI messages being sent.  To give you some scale, the messages were being sent across a 25,000km pathway and everything was happening in real-time, for the performers and the audience.

"Clearly, people’s desire for music is stronger than ever. To listen, to create, to express and to share." Matt Bray, Telemidi founder

Telemidi uses MIDI data instead of an audio feed to allow for musical information to be sent with far less interruption. MIDI data is a relic from 1983, so the data packets are tiny and are able to slide across the internet with greater ease. This brings each player closer together in the music they are generating. To find out more on the Telemidi process, visit www.telemidi.org

Ocean Floor Music will use the Telemidi process to enable exciting and innovative opportunities for musicians to collaborate and create borderless music in real-time. This newfound opportunity supports learning, collaboration, and experimentation in virtual landscapes.

Benefits of the Telemidi process include:

PERFORMANCE:

  • Both physical and virtual performance environments
  • Real-time musical collaboration between remote performers

BACK TO BACK DJ SETS:

  • Between anyone, anywhere at anytime
  • Real-time Composition:
  • Write tunes and collaborate with artists from around the world
  • Jump in a room with a like minded muso and start throwing down ideas in real-time

EDUCATION

  • Be involved in online lessons with musicians from around the world.
  • Play along to understand:
    • music theory
    • performance methods
    • the latest MIDI devices

WELLBEING:

  • Online, communal meditation environments featuring music performanced live