A low latency, high quality audio/video transmission system for network musical performances and interaction developed by Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Tartini" from Trieste (Italy) in collaboration with GARR, the Italian Research and Academic Network.
LoLa project aims to enable real time musical performances where musicians are physically located in remote sites, connected by advanced network services, like the ones provided by the NRENs and GEANT and other International backbones.
The project motivation comes directly from musicians who are currently engaged into many geographically distributed activities (Concerts, MasterClasses, Teaching, Recording Sessions, etc.) which require them a lot of travel and result in a big time waste.
LoLa provides a tool which permits musicians to perform many more rehearsals before a concert, for example, giving them much more time to refine the performance before they join together for the event; they can engage in MasterClasses teaching students around the world even when they are located in distant sites, including the ability to perform together with the student during the lesson, and enabling many more students to participate without the need of travel; they can take part in recording sessions without the need to travel to the recording studio, etc. But LoLa provides also the ability to perform real concerts for the public, with distributed performers, and distributed audience, too. It thus opens a new fully unexplored performance scenario, with new challenges and new opportunities.
LoLa is a project developed by Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini from Trieste (Italy) in collaboration with GARR, the Italian Research and Academic Network, and was conceived in 2005 after a demonstration of the first intercontinental viola MasterClass between the GARR National User’s Conference in Pisa (Italy) and the New World Symphony music academy in Miami (USA).
LoLa was first demonstrated in public in 2010, with a piano duo concert between Conservatorio Tartini in Trieste and IRCAM in Paris, and is now deployed in a large number of institutions around the world (LoLa installations), all connected to their national research and education network.
The project research and development team is composed by Massimo Parovel (project supervisor), Paolo Pachini (project coordinator), Stefano Bonetti (system designer and lead software engineer since 2012), Carlo Drioli (former system designer and software engineer), Nicola Buso (audio engineering, musical advice and testing) from Conservatorio Tartini, and Claudio Allocchio (network engineering and testing) from GARR.
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How to get LoLa
You should also be aware that in order to use LoLa you need a very specific hardware (we will also give you all the needed info) and a good and stable network connection: at least 1Gigabit clean path between locations, and this is something that currently no commercial provider can deliver: only academic and reseach networks can deliver this network service, and this network service is a fundamental componet of LoLa itself. Using m-jpeg compression, LoLa is also usable at lower speeds (but we suggest at least 100Megabit) and also in this case you need a commercial ISP which can deliver a clean and symmetric connection to make LoLa work properly.
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Interview with C. Allocchio (GARR) at Smart Cities, Radio 24, about LoLa
Interview with M. Parovel (Conservatorio Tartini) at Radio 24 about LoLa
- LoLa official website
- LoLa manual (v. 1.5.0)
- LOLA project
- LOLA description
- C-Theatre: l'emozione sulla fibra alla velocità della luce
- LoLa lands in Estonia for European ministers
- Arte e scienza sul filo della rete in fibra ottica
- The father of LoLa wins the GÉANT Community Award 2017
- GÉANT pays tribute to 2017 Community Award winners
- LoLa videogallery on GARR.tv
- All the videos about LoLa on GARR Youtube channel
- The show "Innovating Colosseo"
- The show "TNC 2017 | net:art"
- EAPConnect and the "Music Without Borders" concert
- pdf Music Without Borders - concert brochure (330 KB)