Panel Discussion // Accessibility in Networked Music Performance
The panel will features performers and participants in the Network Music Festival and experts in the fields of network music and accessibility, and will be moderated by researcher Miriam Iowerth. The panellists are Marlo de Lara, Kofi Oduro, Jilliene Sellner and Amble Skuse.
Networked Music Performance allows musicians to collaborate across distances, allowing access to other musicians without geographic boundaries, and making connections outside their immediate social circles. This is particularly valuable for social and musical interaction when usual forms of music-making are not possible. On the surface this seems like an extremely accessible form of music-making – anyone can take part with minimal equipment using many different approaches, however there are barriers that prevent musicians taking part in Network Music Performance. This panel discussion aims to identify some of these barriers, but more importantly, discuss practical ways that Network Music Performance can be made accessible to all those who would like to take part.