[NetBehaviour] Networked_Music_Review Commission: "Flou" by Jason Freeman, et al

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February 1, 2008
Networked_Music_Review Commission: "Flou" by Jason Freeman, with Andrew
Beck, Xiang Cao, Mark Godfrey, Jagadeeswaran Jayaprakash, Al Matthews,
Rachel Ponder, Alex Rae, and Sriram Viswanathan
Needs Java 1.5+

"Flou" (pronounced "flew") is not exactly a game; you do fly a ship through
space, but you cannot shoot anything, score points, or win or lose. The
focus, rather, is on the soundtrack: as you navigate through a 3D world and
zoom through objects in space, you add loops and apply effects to an
ever-evolving musical mix. You can also design your own worlds to fly
through and share them with other "Flou" users.

"Flou" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for
Networked_Music_Review. It was made possible with funding from the New York
State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


Jason Freeman (http://www.jasonfreeman.net) uses new technology and
unconventional notation to break down barriers between composers,
performers, and listeners, creating music that "stands as an example of the
Web's mind-expanding possibilities" (Billboard) and helps to "bring
composition into the Xbox age" (Wired). Recent projects include "Flock", a
full-evening performance for saxophone quartet, dancers, and audience
participation commissioned by Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in
Miami; "Graph Theory", a solo violin and web-based work commissioned by
Turbulence; "iTunes Signature Maker", a software artwork commissioned by
Rhizome; and "Glimmer", an audience-participation piece commissioned by the
American Composers Orchestra. Freeman received his B.A. in music from Yale
University and his M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University.
He is currently an assistant professor at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he
teaches in the Music Department in the College of Architecture.

The students in Freeman's Networked Music course at Georgia Tech (Andrew
Beck, Xiang Cao, Mark Godfrey, Jagadeeswaran Jayaprakash, Al Matthews,
Rachel Ponder, Alex Rae, and Sriram Viswanathan) are currently pursuing M.S.
degrees in music technology, digital media, and human-computer interaction,
and they have diverse backgrounds as composers and performers of
experimental and popular music, as computer scientists, and as engineers.
Over the course of the fall 2007 semester, they collaborated to develop the
concept for "Flou", to design its user interface, visual components, and
sound worlds, and to write, test, and deploy the software. They are
currently creating a live-performance version of the work for presentation
in spring 2008.

For more Networked_Music_Review Commissions please visit

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
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