The BOEUF Orchestra Unification Framework project aims to research and promote advanced musical collaboration between musicians using digital musical instruments (DMIs).

We have proposed a theoretical framework that can be used when analysing, designing and implementing networked ensembles with a variety of collaboration modes.

We have developed bf-pd, a set of software components running in Pure Data, which musicians and makers can integrate into their digital instruments and systems. Bf-pd allows musicians to share parameters and output data between instruments, to control each other’s instruments, to synchronize between instruments, to visualize each other’s activity, and to exchange messages.

We are conducting research on mixed-reality interfaces to improve non-mediated (i.e. in-person) collaboration between musicians, and to enable them access the advanced musical collaboration modes offered by our framework. These interfaces will allow musicians to preserve both the existing control interfaces of their instruments and the physicality of their performance, and would improve spectators' ability to perceive the musical exchanges (thereby improving visibility).

The Boeuf project is led by Dr Florent Berthaut at the Université de Lille, France, and by Dr Luke Dahl at the University of Virginia, USA.

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