Open Sound Control: an enabling technology for musical networking
MATTHEW WRIGHT a1a2 a1 Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT), University of California at Berkeley, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley, CA 94709, USA E-mail: matt@cnmat.Berkeley.edu a2 Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Dept of Music, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-8180, USA E-mail: matt@ccrma.Stanford.edu
Since telecommunication can never equal the richness of face-to-face interaction on its own terms, the most interesting examples of networked music go beyond the paradigm of musicians playing together in a virtual room. The Open Sound Control protocol has facilitated dozens of such innovative networked music projects. First the protocol itself is described, followed by some theoretical limits on communication latency and what they mean for music making. Then a representative list of some of the projects that take advantage of the protocol is presented, describing each project in terms of the paradigm of musical interaction that it provides.