University of Technology, Sydney
Roger Mills is an international musician, sound artist and writer whose practice and research focuses on networked improvisation, sound installation and experimental radio. Credits include a Golden Eye award for contrapuntal radio performance Idea of South (Sydney), score for BAFTA award winning dance performance At Swim Two Boys (Earthfall, UK) and album production and performances with award winning Turkish singer Mircan Kaya. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney researching intercultural cognition and engagement in tele-musical improvisation, where he also lectures in sound and music design.
Paper presentation Ethernet Orchestra: Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Interaction in Networked Improvisatory Performance focuses on perception and cogntion in telematic cross-culural audiovisual improvisation.
Ethernet Orchestra is a cross-cultural telematic musical ensemble who improvise live electroacoustic music on the Internet and at collocated gallery, events. Collaborations involve a diverse group of international instrumentalists who performe an array of instruments including Turkish oud, bendir, Mongolian horse fiddle and throat singing, guitar, processed trumpet, MAX/Msp electronic manipulations and voice. As a research project, it is an investigation of intercultural networked improvisation, examining cognition, cross-cultural collaboration and learning in networked audio platforms. The ensemble also perform with networked live cinema artists, and the recent Distant Presences performances are the focus of my paper presentation.
Through the praxis of diverse cultures in collaboration, it is hoped that new approaches to tele-musical improvisation will be given the space and time to develop in a framework of innovation and experimentation.