Produzione artistica e ricerca
LOLA: LOw LAtency audio visual streaming system
An inside and hands-on look to a distance musical interactive performance and education A/V streaming system.
The latest LOLA v1.4.1 is ready for distribution!
Have a look at documentation page for the newest features and the latest installation and user's manual download
LOLA Documents >>
LOLA DEPENDS ON VERY SPECIFIC HARDWARE COMPONENTS AND IT DOESN'T WORK WITH ANY KIND OF CAMERA AND/OR AUDIO CARD; PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE "HARDWARE AND OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS" CHAPTER IN THE LATEST SOFTWARE USER MANUAL.
Thanks to Berklee College in Boston, we discovered a serious bug in the BitFlow SDK 5.90 libraries which is now partially fixed: the Hitachi KP-FD30 cameras still cannot run in external trigger mode, but produce anyhow a usable image now.
We are working with BitFlow enginering now to have this fixed ASAP, but in the mean time this means that, if you have an Hitachi KP-FD30 then
YOU SHOULD NOT UPGRADE to LOLA v1.4.1 unless you are ok with the missig control of the camera frame rate.
Please do not make upgrades if you have that camera.
All other cameras (analog and digital) work fine.
Thus, to reduce risks, just send an email to email@example.com to request the v.1.4.1 installation kit now, also confirming which cameras you are going to use with it. As soon as there is a fix for the SDK 5.90 we will announce it, thus will be possible to use the Hitachi's.
LOLA project aims to enable real time musical performances where musicians are physically located in remote sites, connected by advanced network services, like the ones provided by the NRENs and GEANT and other International backbones.
The project motivation comes directly from musicians who are currently engaged into many geographically distributed activities (Concerts, MasterClasses, Teaching, Recording Sessions, etc.) which require them a lot of travel and result in a big time waste.
LOLA provides a tool which permits musicians to perform many more rehearsals before a concert, for example, giving them much more time to refine the performance before they join together for the event; they can engage in MasterClasses teaching students around the world even when they are located in distant sites, including the ability to perform together with the student during the lesson, and enabling many more students to participate without the need of travel; they can take part in recording sessions without the need to travel to the recording studio, etc.
But LOLA provides also the ability to perform real concerts for the public, with distributed performers, and distributed audience, too. It thus opens a new fully unexplored performance scenario, with new challenges and new opportunities.
LOLA is a project developed by Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini from Trieste (Italy) in collaboration with GARR, the Italian Research and Academic Network, and was conceived in 2005 after a demonstration of the first intercontinental viola MasterClass between the GARR National User’s Conference in Pisa (Italy), and the New World Symphony music academy in Miami (USA).
Apart from the Conservatorio Tartini site, which is connected to GARR backbone on a dark fiber, with a dedicated 1G lambda reserved for LOLA (provided by the Trieste Research Metropolitan Optical Network “Lightnet”) the other remote site involved has been the IRCAM site in Paris, connected to RENATER also at 1Gb (general use). Other sites are on the way to participate in a wider experimentation of LOLA around European NRENs and Internet2.
The project research and development team is composed by Massimo Parovel (Conservatorio Tartini Director and project supervisor), Paolo Pachini (project coordinator), Carlo Drioli (software development), Stefano Bonetti (software developement), Nicola Buso (audio engineering, musical advice and testing) from Conservatorio Tartini, and Claudio Allocchio (network engineering and testing) from GARR.