18 Feb 2017 – ‘Singing with iPads’ at the Brighton Science Festival


You know how difficult music looks – dots and lines all over the place? NETEM give each participant an iPad on which their line of music appears, a bit at a time, everyone sings their notes, the conductor controls the tempo through the iPads and Bingo! You are a choir.

Musicians and computer scientists from the University of Sussex collaborated last year to produce networked scores on computer tablets to help people experience ensemble music-making. We called this ‘Networked Technology and the Experience of ensemble Music-making’ We aim to program and develop networked iPads to enable beginner music readers and non-music readers to perform complex polyphonic music in ensembles, with and without professional musicians.

This year in a unique new collaboration with the Brighton Early Music Festival the NETEM app takes a further step forward into the world of sung ensemble music – come and experience singing early music assisted by networked tablets and instruments. During this workshop session you will join members of the Brighton Early Music Festival’s community choir directed by Joseph Paxton to explore the poignant music of Purcell, Palestrina, and Wilbye using part notation transformed by networked technology.

FREE (ticketed). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Event lasts 2 hours. All ages.


9 January 2017 Netem at Bolton Music Service


Trial with Bolton Music Service of system adapted for use by concert band


14 December 2016 Netem at Access to Music

Sussex Uni Visit-6

Workshop at Access to Music, Brighton, engaging young people with non-classical backgrounds in value and creative potential of notation.


26 October 2016 Association of British Orchestras

Presentation and demo to Education Managers of the Association of British Orchestras


15 October 2016 Netem at Brighton Early Music Festival


Public talk and demonstration at event on history of notation to mark start of Brighton Early Music Festival


17 June 2016 Netem, Dorothy Stringer, with OSL at ACCA


Concert at the Attenborough Centre University of Sussex combining members of Orchestra of Sound and Light with GCSE students from Dorothy Stringer High School, Brighton, performing their original compositions


16 June 2016 Netem at Dorothy Stringer with OSL


Workshops combining members of Orchestra of Sound and Light with GCSE students from Dorothy Stringer High School, Brighton, performing their original compositions.


9 Mar 2016 Netem featured on ITV Meridian News

A profile of the project on ITV news, covering the work completed over five weeks with the Southover School Orchestra. For research use only.


21 Feb 2016 Netem at Brighton Science Festival with COMA Brighton


A concert combining CoMA Brighton directed by Adam Swayne, with members of the public with no previous experience of ensemble music making, to perform Hughes and Grieg

Open workshop, performance and discussion

Event:  Brighton Science Festival.
Venue: Saint Nicholas’ Church, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 3LJ

Always wanted to be in an orchestra? You don’t need to be a violin virtuoso, or even read music – use networked technology to take part in a contemporary orchestral workshop and performance – with no musical experience necessary. Members of the public are invited to take part in or observe rehearsals and performances of a new work by Composer Ed Hughes. Up to ten members of the public can take part in each performance, joining the players of Sussex Contemporary Music Ensemble, COMA. Visual instructions will be given via a set of networked iPads.

If you would like to take part in one of the rehearsals and performances, please register here

Places are limited, so Brighton Science Festival will email you the week before to check you are still coming. You must be available for the whole session. No musical experience necessary, but enthusiasm essential. You will be given a percussion instrument and take part in a 60min rehearsal followed by 20min performance. Family and friends welcome to watch the rehearsal and performance.

REPERTOIRE: to include Grieg, Holst and Hughes.

COST: FREE. All ages, under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

3.00pm Rehearsal 1 (booking required)
4.00pm Performance 1
4.30pm Rehearsal 2 (booking required)
5.30pm Performance 2
6.oopm-6.30pm roundtable discussion — open to all, no booking required

Booking Participation is FREE, but numbers are very limited.


5 Feb 2016 Netem at Southover School with OSL – Alice, Holst


A workshop combining members of Orchestral of Sound and Light with a whole-class of 30 musicians from primary school year 5, to perform Holst, Grieg and a composition by Hughes.


22 Jan 2016 Netem at East Sussex Academy of Music with OSL – Alice, Holst


A workshop combining members of Orchestra of Sound and Light with approximately 20 young musicians aged 17 to 18, to perform Holst, Grieg and arrangements and compositions by Hughes.


22 Jan 2016 Netem at BIMM Brighton with OSL – Alice; Holst


A workshop combining members of Orchestra of Sound and Light with a rock band from BIMM Institute Brighton to explore notation in progressive cross-over rock and classical setting.


9 Dec 2015 Networking technology and the Experience of Music Making Music Department Seminar, University of Sussex


27 Nov 2015 Connected Communities (CNN+) workshop 2: Synchronisation with Western Road School, Lewes and Orchestra of Sound and Light


26 Nov 2015 Connected Communities (CNN+) workshop 1: Multimodal Scores with Miss Represented and Collectress


20 Nov 2015 at 4pm-5.30pm Networking Technology and the Experience of Ensemble Music-Making Sussex Humanities Lab Presentation, University of Sussex