Home Participatory Orchestra (HPO) is a SVP-project funded by UmArts. In HPO artistic researcher and composer Anders Lind explores a participatory approach to networked music performance (telematic performance) addressing laymen and novices as performers.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an increasing number of live music performances distributed over the internet, such as online concerts and choirs. The aim of this project is to explore the artistic challenges and possibilities of a telematic performance model addressing laymen as performers. The project is linked to the overall field of New Media Art. Research is conducted within the field of New Interfaces for Musical Expressions (NIME), intersecting areas as; telematic performance, soundscape composition, participatory art, and animated notation.
This project embraces and explores the conditions of a telematic performance model defined in the project as a Home Participatory Orchestra (HPO). In HPO the traditional concert hall is replaced with multiple digitally mediated spaces distributed over the network. The traditional conductor and score are replaced by web-based animated notation. Furthermore, the HPO embraces participants regardless musical background, who will use everyday objects and their home environment as musical instruments. The project investigates how the conditions of the HPO model, propose new challenges for music composition and performance processes, such as latency and uncertainty embedded in the telematic performance setting, moreover, how to give performance instructions, and to conduct a live performance when addressing laymen performers. The research is conducted through several short iterations. A media ecology theoretical perspective is guiding the research processes. The project has so far generated artistic publications (compositions and performances) and research outputs in international contexts.