Plum St: Live Digital Storytelling with Remote Browsers

Taylor, Ben and Allison, Jesse

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

What is the place for Internet Art within the paradigm of remote musicperformance? In this paper, we discuss techniques for live audiovisualstorytelling through the Web browsers of remote viewers. We focus on theincorporation of socket technology to create a real-time link between performerand audience, enabling manipulation of Web media directly within the eachaudience member’s browser. Finally, we describe Plum Street, an onlinemultimedia performance, and suggest that by involving remote performance,appropriating Web media such as Google Maps, social media, and Web Audio intothe work, we can tell stories in a way that more accurately addresses modernlife and holistically fulfills the Web browser’s capabilities as a contemporaryperformance instrument.