New Time Music 2.0
Conference // 2020

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
// 1-2.12.2020 //

New Time Music 2.0
cherish art by using technology

The purpose of Nord+ funded New Time Music 2.0 is to enhance collaboration, curriculum innovation, distant and blended learning and blended earning for the music professionals.

The New Time Music 2.0 main objective is to find answers and practices for future music professionals to make a living in the digital future. To reach this goal, New Time Music experiments fearlessly possible and impossible solutions in a framework of Nordic and Baltic HE Institutions in Music. The aim is to increase and enhance transnational learning and working opportunities.

To reach the goal, the project collaborates hands-on with students and teachers. This will accelerate the development of a deeper understanding and skills in e-learning and e-working in music. The project hopes to prepare young music professionals for a wider variety of ways to employ themselves.

New Time Music 2.0 is cooperation between the Turku University of Applied Sciences Arts Academy, the coordinator, The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Yes, there was New Time Music 1.0 organized by RAMA (The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg) in 2016-2018. The yearly real-life congresses collected music professionals from Nordic and Baltic as well from Great Britain and U.S.A. The presenters were from different parts of the world. The New Time Music 2.0 continues from the steps of its predecessor.

NTM2.0 Steering committee
Linjama Eero and Korhonen Timo, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Kristian Laier Nybø, Norwegian Academy of Music
Jim Daus, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg
Paolo Girol, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Some of our honorable guests​

Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor, and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. This present academic year he has been the Edgar Varese Professor at the Technische Univeritaet Berlin, Visiting Research Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and Visiting Researcher at the University of British Columbia. Online collaboration software including jacktrip and research into latency factors continue to evolve. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues. A simultaneous five-country concert was hosted at the United Nations a decade ago. Gallery and museum music installations involve sonifications resulting from collaborations with artists, scientists and MD’s. Recent work includes the Brain Stethoscope project, PolarTide for the Venice Biennale, Tomato Quintet for the transLife:media Festival at the National Art Museum of China and Sun Shot played by the horns of large ships in the port of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. is a New York-based contemporary composer, conductor, technologist, educator, and researcher working internationally as a specialist in Network Arts. Weaver has composed solo, chamber, and large ensemble works for groundbreaking musicians for twenty-five years, integrating influences of jazz, contemporary classical, improvisation, computer music, world music, and individual music languages of performers. She is an innovator of live performance via the internet by musicians and artists in different geographic locations, encompassing numerous artistic projects with collaborators and interdisciplinary projects with groups such as NASA Kepler/K2 Mission and United Nations. Weaver is the director of NowNet Arts, director of the Sarah Weaver Ensemble, and editor of the Journal of Network Music and Arts (JONMA). She on the faculty of New School College of Performing Arts, Performer-Composer Masters Program. Weaver is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, National Association of Composers, and board member of the JackTrip Foundation.

Claudio Allocchio

Claudio Allocchio studied physics but also music (piano). After working at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, and at CERN in Geneva, he has dealt with IT networks since the 80’s, and is one of the creator the GARR network, where he is now Senior Adivisor of the General Manager. He promoted the development of internet mail systems, both technically (IETF) and at political level, and for this reason he is considered one of the “old boys” who created the worldwide Internet. He was for many years the president of the Italian Naming Authority, and was vice-president of TERENA (now GEANT) from 2001 to 2007. He is a member of the IETF since 1990, where he was the coordinator (and now he is senior member) of the Application Area Directorate , also publishing various RFCs. He is one of the creators of “LoLa” high quality and very low latency system that allows musicians who play together at long distance. In 2019 he was awarded the Vietsch Foundation Medal of Honor “for the demonstrated achievements and long-lasting benefit he contributed to the research and education networking community throughout his career”


Estonian Time (EET, GMT +2)
NTM2.0 is a virtual event this year
Every session is 45-50 minutes long including Q&A
Between sessions there is a 10-15 minutes break
Presenters and attendees can participate from any remote site via Zoom


  • Opening 14:00
  • Claudio Allocchio 14:05

    SWING: Teaching and Technology
    Claudio Allocchio, GAAR

    To develop, test and improve the use of technology in music educations, creating at the same time new skills in teachers in using distant education tools, and preparing students to work in a world where technology exists also in the arts field. After 2 academic years of the project we now have a quite important set of results, discoveries and better technical tools, too, resulting from a significant participation by teachers, and students.


  • Jesper Andersen 15:00

    Synchronous Distance Learning in Higher Music Education
    Jesper Andersen, The Royal Danish Academy of Music

    Since 2011 The Royal Danish Academy of Music has been engaged in working with synchronous distance learning. In cooperation with Aalborg University, extensive research has been carried out to investigate the didactic challenges that occur, when traditional music teaching is mediated through video conferencing technologies. Organizational integration, international outreach and ongoing technical developments have been walking hand in hand all the way and lots of experiences have been gained. Based on the research and practitioner experience from over 750 events, the presentation will share knowledge, both for newcomers and more experienced individuals and institutions. The presentation will focus on three areas: Technologies, Didactics and Organization.


  • Mantautas Krukauskas 16:00

    Geant/LoLa, Erasmus+ SP Intermusic: Distance is over?
    Mantautas Krukauskas and Vytenis Gadliauskas, Lithuanian Academy of Music

    Developments in distance and blended learning and network performance in music in Lithuania.


  • Timo Korhonen 17:00

    The High and the Low C in Zoom!
    Timo Korhonen with Kaisu Helminen and musicians from TUAS Academy of Arts

    Experimentarium session on Opera and other weird things. musicians in Turku at the conference hub / at ordinary class room - teacher in another room and in the hub - to demonstrate the sound and picture quality with HQ equipment - using the score at Zoom etc.


  • Sarah Weaver 18:00 (11am NY)

    Network Arts Works
    Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. Director, NowNet Arts

    Sarah Weaver has been a composer of network arts works for the past fourteen years. She will discuss recent projects including "Universal Synchrony Music", "Duplexity State", and "Transforming Totality". "Universal Synchrony Music" is an electroacoustic large ensemble project in collaboration with the NASA Kepler/K2 and TESS missions. Performance locations have included New York, California, Toronto, and Chicago."Duplexity State" is a duo between Daniel Pinheiro (visuals, movement) and Weaver (electronics) in Portugal and New York. "Transforming Totality" is a large ensemble work for the project "Interconnections: A Telematic Music Concert for Peace" with locations in Seoul, San Diego, and New York. Composition approaches, technology strategies, and new directions for the work will be addressed.


  • Dinner Break 19:00
  • Chris Chafe 20:00 (10am LA)

    Jacktrip and recent developments
    Chris Chafe, Stanford Univ. USA

    The area of interest is network music performance and the research to be presented describes recent advances. Wide Area Internet Reverberation uses network path delays to construct network reverberation which encloses the remote participants. The feasibility of machine learning techniques to conceal missing packets in real-time audio signals has been studied, applying state-of-the-art techniques which capture surprising amounts of information about time-varying signals. The concealment method accounts for the past evolution of the music being performed just before the occurrence of the packet loss, and is consistent with it in terms of timbre, rhythm, melody and harmonic content. This preliminary experiment paves the way for the future design and development of a body of machine learning algorithms for prediction of musical audio signals which can be integrated in available NMP open source software and run at the receiver side during the musical performance. GPS time receivers have been used to synchronise the audio sample clocks of sound cards in distant locations. A recent experiment between Edinburgh and Berlin created a perfect, recording studio quality link with inexpensive gear.



  • Opening 14:00
  • Kristjan Nõlvak 14:05

    Introducing Scoremusic
    Kristjan Nõlvak: Founder and CEO at Scoremusic

    Scoremusic is a paperless cloud service for music professionals to store sheet music, make setlists for concerts and rehearsals and share sheet music for the groups. Scoremusic target customers are orchestras, choirs, ensembles, music schools, students, interpreters etc. Scoremusic app is available in AppStore, today it's the most innovative professional digital sheet music tool on the market for reading, annotating and sharing annotations in groups in real time. Scoremusic is developing a paperless marketplace for renting and selling sheet music digitally. At the moment customers can use their own PDF files, and soon they will be able to rent and purchase sheet music directly from Scoremusic marketplace. Rented music sheets are available for the buyer during the rental period only. All the annotations are stored separately in the cloud for future reference, should the customer need her annotated music for the next performances.
    Please, before the session watch the Scoremusic introductory videos by clicking HERE.


  • Jim Daus Hjernøe 15:00

    Digital Learning at RAMA Vocal Center
    Jim Daus Hjernøe, The Royal Academy of Music (RAMA)

    The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) has fully implemented digital learning at RAMA Vocal Center after eight years of empirical research. Around 60 students and teachers are meeting every week on long distance to study rhythmic choir leading, sharing concerts, getting feedback live on choir rehearsals, practising the piano, voice, and much more. The focus of the presentation will be on our didactical considerations and a guided tour around the online facilities from a "teaching from home" perspective and the RAMA location in Aalborg.


  • Student Session #1 16:00

    The student perspective on playing music online
    Oda Linnea Oliversen and Jonas Hald, Norwegian Academy of Music

    Both students are doing their BA in Music pedagogy. How does it work to play chamber music together when everybody is doing it from home? How does your mindset have to change to make it work? What can you do and what can you not do in this kind of online collaboration? What is the technical hurdle and what can you work around by changing your way of playing?


  • Student Session #2 17:00

    The students' perspectives on online learning
    Dario Dorner, TUAS Academy of Arts

    Please, prior the session listen the Arts and Future Podcast Episode One by clicking HERE, the Episode Two by clicking HERE and the Episode Three by clicking HERE.
    The Podcasts evolve around the students' perspective on music education and education in general in the context of online learning in the form of an interview with students from Norway and Finland. Additionally, we would be grateful if you could share your perspective on online learning in THIS google form.


  • Dinner Break 18:00
  • Performance 19:00 (12am NY)

    Performance of NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble
    Lead by Sarah Weaver, NowNet Arts Forum

    NowNet Arts Ensemble features contemporary musicians and media artists in New York and locations internationally performing together live via the internet. NowNet Arts Ensemble performs works by leading composers and artists in network arts at the NowNet Arts Festival and NowNet Arts Conference annually and the NowNet Arts Series throughout the year. Directed by composer and conductor Sarah Weaver, the ensemble has included artists such as Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Ray Anderson, trombone, David Taylor, bass trombone, Mark Dresser, bass, Denman Maroney, hyperpiano, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, Doug Van Nort, electronics, Daniel Pinheiro, visual and performing artist, and others. 


  • Closing session 20:00