ARTIST: Jason Freeman
TITLE: N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella): Dorkbot Mix
LENGTH: 4:00

N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella) is interactive software art for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP which turns the process of searching for and downloading MP3 files into a chaotic musical collage. Users type in search keywords, and N.A.G. looks for matches on the Gnutella peer-to-peer file sharing network. The software then downloads MP3 files which match the search keyword(s) and remixes these audio files in real time based on the structure of the Gnutella network itself. The piece on this CD, N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella): Dorkbot Mix, was created by searching for the words "dork" and "bot" with the N.A.G. software. The program's output was not further edited or processed in any way. N.A.G. is a 2003 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (dba Ether-Ore), for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The software is available free of charge at http://turbulence.org/Works/freeman/.

Jason Freeman's works break down conventional barriers between composers, performers, and listeners, using cutting-edge technology and unconventional notation to turn audiences and musicians into compositional collaborators. His music has been performed by Speculum Musicae, the So Percussion Group, the Nieuw Ensemble, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Evan Ziporyn, and his interactive installations and software art have been exhibited at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Boston CyberArt Festival, and the Transmediale Festival and featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio.

Glimmer, a new work for chamber orchestra, live electronics, and audience interaction, will be premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in January 2005. Freeman graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, where he also teaches computer music. He recently completed a year-long fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked with a team led by sound artist Max Neuhaus to create Auracle, a voice-controlled networked sound instrument.

Jason Freeman
New York, NY
jason AT jasonfreeman.net