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Networked Collaborative Processes Conference

The RMA Music and/as Process Study Group are happy to present our eighth conference which will take place from 10am Friday 25th until Saturday 26th June, 6.30pm. This year’s conference will be entirely online using the Zoom application and will feature paper presentations, performance/papers, and group participatory performances.

Since the initial lockdown in February/March 2020, there has been a growing appearance of online forms of music making as communal events for collective music making, or as an alternative to the live, public concert. Due to the lack of live music making, both in concert and privately, we consider this to be a burgeoning and emergent form of music making, that has had to develop in a short space of time to identify and therefore adapt to the many technical challenges.

Delegates who are either presenting and/or performing at this year’s conference include: Marc Ainger, Andreja Andric, Rachel Beckles Wilson and Lin Li, David Bremner, Andy Ingamells, Seán Clancy, CoMA Manchester, Randall Harlow, Charles Hutchins and Shirley Knotts, Catherine Laws, Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka, Chris Mapp, Freddie Meyers, Peter Nagle, Goni Peles, Joe Sferra, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear, Sophie Stone, and Jason Zeh.

This emergent form of experimental music making comprises, but not limited to:

    • The consideration of practicalities under lockdown circumstances.
    • The influence these online technologies have on aesthetic considerations.
    • The growth of online concerts.
    • The engagement with a communal form of communication and interaction with software that is by its very nature prone to glitches and latency.
    • The wider international potential of any online collaboration.
    • Working within these parameters has contributed to defining an aesthetic environment that sets itself apart from the conventional live situation, from which potentially genuinely new musically creative work can appear.


A link for the schedule will be available with the registration email, and via the website and the Facebook page.

The RMA Music and/as Process Committee:

  • Dr Steve Gisby (Independent researcher)
  • Dr Richard Glover (Reader in Music at the University of Wolverhampton)
  • Dr John Hails (Senior Lecturer and Reader in Music at Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Dr Sophie Stone (PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Dr Alistair Zaldua (Independent researcher)
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