September 18, 2020
[Updated to include new software on October 26, 2020]

A photo of a netorked concert, with musicians on a stage joined by others on screens.
A photo of a netorked concert, with musicians on a stage joined by others on screens.
Changing Tides: A Translocational Concert Series, part 3 (2016). UC San Diego stage with Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Michael Dessen, and Stephanie Richards, along with musicians in Stony Brook, NY (on screen) Denman Maroney, Satoshi Takeishi, Min Xiao-Fen, Marty Ehrlich, Ray Anderson and Sarah Weaver.

Note: A shorter version of this article was also published as guest blog post for SmartMusic.com

Introduction

In 1957, while prohibited from traveling outside the US because of his political activism, Paul Robeson performed on a choral festival in Wales run by a mineworkers union. Yet he did not defy the McCarthyite attack on his freedom by traveling to the UK in person: Instead, Robeson participated from a New York City recording studio, sending his powerful, bass baritone presence over newly laid transatlantic telephone lines.

That concert’s audio quality…

Michael Dessen

I’m a musician and a professor at the University of California, Irvine. For more, please visit www.mdessen.com

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