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Martha Lane Fox finds out how advancing technology and faster internet networks allow musicians to play together remotely. Will they change the way we make and experience music?

Martha Lane Fox explores how musicians use the internet to create and distribute their work as network speeds increase.

Twenty years ago, we connected to and disconnected from the internet with dial-up modems. With broadband technology, the internet is always there. And better connection speeds don't just mean we can download music and movies faster. They're creating new opportunities for musicians to collaborate and make music online.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir features singers from countries as diverse as Syria and Cuba.

Former 10CC musician Kevin Godley wants to democratise the music business with his Whole World Band App that allows anyone to make music with musicians anywhere on the planet - even with Ronnie Wood.

Musicians at Edinburgh Napier University and the Royal College of Music in London are using new technology on high-speed research networks that allows them to play together with musicians in other countries in real-time. The Young Vic want to use similar technology to stage an international three-centre performance. New York's Metropolitan Opera say the technology will revolutionise opera performance.

And Ian O'Connell from Musion, the company that brought the late rapper Tupac Shakur back to life at the Coachella festival, talks about how faster networks and hologram technology mean music concerts of the future will be a whole new experience.

Producer: Gill Davies
An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mon 25 May 2015 23:30

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