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Live Music Portal

Online Real-time Music Platform

Live Music Portal
EU e-Region PLUS, Ministry of Science, Business and Transport in Schleswig-Holstein, HanseNet Telekommunikation GmbH
reportershop GmbH, KWL GmbH, Luebeck ArtTV, Fraunhofer IDMT
Project Team:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrader, Alexander Carôt
3/2006 - 2/2008
Realtime Streaming, Music Web Portal

LiveMusicPortal (LMP) is a new platform for musicians in Europe. Everyday we experience new, interesting multimedia services in the Internet. Voice over IP (Internet Telephony) replaces conventional telephones, video-conferences help to reduce the travel budget in many companies. The Internet explores all areas of our daily live, the world is growing together!

But what about musicians? Yes, you can download and share music files. You can also listen to Internet radio and other media streaming services. Due to the high delay values and unpredictable qualities of many Internet links, realtime music playing over long distances has not been possible so far.

In the LiveMusicPortal project, the ISNM has developed SoundJack, a new software to minimize the network effects on realtime music streams and to support network based musical interactions. The project also created a new web portal, where you can participate and perform music over the Internet from your home DSL connection. You can register, edit your profile, search for partners, perform sessions and take part in contests directly on the Internet. Join our European community and let's rock!

The feasibility of the approach has been shown on several events with live music performances between many cities in Europe (Luebeck, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, etc.) and with many interesting musicians and DJs involved (see also event list below): Sebastian Winkelmann, Lübeck (DJ), Andre Naszada, Lübeck (DJ), Prof. Wolf Kerschek, Hamburg (Vibraphone), Ninon Gloger, Lübeck (Piano), Olaf Koep, Lübeck (Drums), Reso Kidnaze, Lübeck (Saxophone), Prof. Andreas Hirche, Berlin (Piano), Sarah Morrow, New York (Trombone), Jennifer Quillet, Paris (Trumpet), etc.

This project was realized with a number of partners:

  • KWL GmbH (Lübeck) : Event Partner
  • reportershop GmbH (Lübeck) : Event Partner
  • Hansenet Telekommunikation (Hamburg): Sponsor of ADSL connections
  • Deutsche Telekom : Sponsor of ADSL connections
  • Fraunhofer IDMT (Ilmenau) : Ultra-Low-latency Codec
  • LuebeckArtTV (Lübeck) : Media Production
  • Hamburg Media School (Hamburg): Event Hosting Nacht des Wissens
  • Nordmetallstiftung : Event Sponsoring
  • Travekom (Lübeck) : Fiber Optic Network
  • Institute of Telematik (University of Lübeck) : UMTS Equipment
  • Hofklaus Filme : Film Production
  • SUS Multimediatechnik (Lübeck) : Stage Sound Control
  • SARC - Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast) : Network Tests & Events
  • CCRMA - Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (Stanford) : Network Tests & Events
  • Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN Berlin) : Network Infrastructure
  • IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris) : Network Tests & Events
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hamburg) : Music Partner
  • Kunsthochschule Berlin : Music Partner
  • Musikhochschule Lübeck : Music Partner
Impossible to list all names of involved partners. Thank you all!

In addition, many ISNM students have been involved in the production of the events, the design of the portal and many more: Karen Detken (Equador), Nils Döhring (Germany), Xiaojing Fan (China), Layda Gongora (Canada/Mexico), Varvara Guljajeva (Estonia), Chung Hong (China), Ileana Veronica Hulea (Romania), Carlos Alberto Martinez Gomez (Mexico), Mari-Klara Oja (Estonia), Ankit Saha (UK), Ranjan Shetty (India), Steve Stein (Germany), Mantas Talmantas (Lituania), Yunpei Wu (Taiwan).

This project is part of ‚e-Region Schleswig-Holstein PLUS’, a program of the Ministry for Science, Business and Transport in Schleswig-Holstein and the Innovation Fonds Schleswig-Holstein (ISH) - financed by the EU (Innovativen Maßnahmen des Europäischen Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) der Generaldirektion Europapolitik).


More information can be found at:

Portal Project Page


  • AES Expo'08
    Alexander Carôt, Christian Werner und Alain Renaud
    Audible ICMP Echo Responses for Monitoring Ultra Low Delayed Audio Streams
    Proceedings of the 124th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Expo and Convention, Amsterdam, Holland, 20. Mai 2008.
  • AES'07
    Ulrich Krämer, Jens Hirschfeld, Gerald Schuller, Stefan Wabnik, Alexander Carôt, Christian Werner
    Network Music Performance with Ultra-Low-Delay Audio Coding under Unreliable Network Conditions
    Proceedings of the 123rd Audio Engineering Society Convention, New York, NY, USA, 2007
  • Global Village'07
    Alexander Carôt, Christian Werner
    Network Music Performance - Problems, Approaches and Perspectives
    Proceedings of the Music in the Global Village - Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 2007
  • AES'07
    Alain B. Renaud, Alexander Carôt and Pedro Rebelo
    Networked Music Performance: State of the Art.
    AES 30th International Conference on Intelligent Audio Environments (AES’2007), Saariselkä, Finland, March 15-17, 2007.
  • DFN Mitteilungen 71
    Alexander Carôt
    Livemusik via Internet
    DFN Mitteilungen, Nr. 71, pp. 27-28, DFN Verein, Berlin, December 2006.
  • Nils Döhring
    underscore_ a system approach for realtime online music collaboration
    Master Thesis, ISNM/University of Lüebeck, September 2006
  • nime'06
    Alexander Carôt, Alain Renaud and Bruno Verbrugghe
    Network Music Performance (NMP) with Soundjack
    6th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expressions (nime’06), Paris, France, June 4-8, 2006.
  • AES'06
    Alexander Carôt, Ulrich Krämer and G. Schuller
    Network Music Performance (NMP) in Narrow Band Networks
    Pro Audio Expo & Convention (AES’2006), Paris, France, May 20-23, 2006.


  • LiveMusicPortal (LMP)
    Leaflet "60 Selected Regional Information Society Projects" of the Innovative Actions Network for the Information Society (IANIS) of the European Union, 2007.
  • Die virtuelle Bühne: Ein Konzert, viele Spielorte
    Leaflet "Netzwerke eRegion 2007" of the Ministry for Science, Business and Transport in Schleswig-Holstein, 2007.
  • Musik über alle Grenzen hinweg
    Report about the LiveMusicPortal project. Lübecker Nachrichten, December 28, 2006
  • Land fördert drei Lübecker Hochtechnologie-Projekte
    Report about the LiveMusicPortal project. Lübecker Nachrichten, March 22, 2006