Having the opportunity to talk with Steve Ballamy from Humber College gave me incredible insight about how powerful music, technology and collaboration can be when merged with sound research, pedagogy and supportive partners.
The lead research and partner for this project is McGill University. Their Open Orchestra blog explains the project as being, “the musical equivalent of an aircraft simulator, providing the musician the experience of playing with an orchestra”. The project is funded by CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network and partners LIVE at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Steve explains the project as being means for shipping HD video and multiple images and high def audio across the network that is received at one of these work stations so that the musician feels or senses the music the way he/she would as if they were in the orchestra in real life.
“The margins of error in music is so tiny, but even a few milliseconds of delay, the music falls apart…having the artists involved in this is what drives the quality up”