Experimental Investigations and Future Possibilities in Network-Mediated Folk Music Performance

  • Chrisoula AlexandrakiEmail author
Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 5)


This chapter is intended to acquaint music ethnologists with the paradigm of Networked Music Performance (NMP). NMP facilitates computer networks to allow musicians from distant geographic locations to synchronously collaborate during performance, improvisation or more generally music-making. The chapter comprises two parts. The first part is devoted to providing an overview of research approaches in NMP and elaborates on the technical and perceptual impediments restricting the wide availability of this type of technology. The second part presents an experiment involving three musicians performing folk music over the network. The experiment serves to reveal not only technical and perceptual difficulties in the communication of performers, but more importantly their attitude towards engaging in this novel practice. The chapter concludes by discussing future perspectives on the use of NMP technology in the context of ethnic and folk music.



I would like to especially thank Alexandros Aggelakis, Eustratios Gounakis and Minas Sfakianakis for volunteering to participate in the folk music experiment. Part of this research has been co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund—ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)—Research Funding Program: THALIS–MusiNet.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Music Technology and Acoustics Engineering, School of Applied SciencesTechnological Educational Institute of CreteHeraklionGreece

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