Internet2 Multimedia Event Tomorrow

Posted: November 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

A first-of-its-kind Internet2 multimedia event will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus. The demonstration will connect George Mason music faculty members with a student in Toronto, Canada, for a piano lesson-recital using special software, a digital acoustic piano, and teleconferencing over high-speed networks.

In the demonstration, Mason music composition instructor and music composer, Steve Antosca, will respond to music he hears from Canada onstage through a digital acoustic grand piano, flown in from California and loaned by Yamaha Inc. As the music is played by a student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Antosca will provide instruction and critique. While the student plays, the keys and pedals on the piano at George Mason will depress exactly as the student’s do. And through video conferencing, the teacher and student will be able to see and hear each other.

In addition, Mason’s Glenn Smith, professor of music, will play a jazz duet with the student. Christoph Both, professor in the School of Music at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, who is co-creator of the MusicPath software that will be used, will be at Mason for the presentation. Paras Kaul, coordinator of electronic publications and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT), organized the event.

For more background on the presentation, see the Gazette story.

The event is sponsored by George Mason’s Advanced Network Technologies, Electronic Publications, ITU, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and AVT. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kaul at or 703-993-8819.

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