This semester, I’m slated to teach an “electronic ensemble” course. Also this semester, universities all over China will start the semester with online instruction (because of sars-2-cov – I’m fine, btw, just going a bit nuts stuck at home).
I could file for an extension on that class, but would like to give it a couple of days to consider, and also ask other teachers –
Can you think of any methodologies for starting ensemble activities remotely? The current projection is that we should be able to finish the semester in person. So maybe it’s possible to introduce technologies to the students remotely and get them started creating some materials, and put them together later. (But, realistically, the students are not likely to contribute much unless I give them some very clear direction in the beginning – “play around, make something and we’ll figure out what to do with it later” tends to get the response “but we didn’t know what you wanted, so we didn’t do anything.” My gut feeling is, it will be tough to get the students into it without group energy.)
One possible way to do it would be for students’ livecode execution to be shared over a network, so that everybody’s code is running on everyone’s machine simultaneously (I guess with ID tags simulating namespaces) – or, bring all the statements into my machine and livestream the results. I’ve only ever worked with LANs, though, never tried to share messages beyond the local router. If anyone has experience with that, advice would be much appreciated.
Or, web-based audio live coding environments with shared execution? I’ve got my own live coding system, but if there is already a way to run something in a browser, I wouldn’t stick to mine out of pride.
Maybe a long shot – worth asking, though, rather than just giving up.