Peter and I have been talking about running CDM-curated streaming events for a while, as a way for us to bring together artists from the incredible communities which have coalesced around this little corner of the web. A series of innocent discussions with Jean Poole last time I was in Melbourne seems to have been turned into somewhat of a juggernaut: Net-Lag.

Tomorrow, Thursday October 9th from 8PM-1AM (Australian Eastern Standard Time), as part of the Melbourne Digital Fringe, Melbourne’s fantastic Horse Bazaar projection bar will play virtual host to a globe-spanning lineup of artists in the inaugural Net-Lag: Vapour Trails.

Net-Lag Vapour Trails

Along with artists from Melbourne, Perth and the LightRhythmVisuals crew in Tokyo, Peter will be playing a breakfast AV set at 9AM New York time (1AM AEST), and I’ll be bringing collaborators Segue into the studio along with a dozen video cameras joined together with the groundbreaking Vixid VJX16-4 video mixer.

The event will be broadcast using the Mogulus live streaming production platform (at, which allows streams from multiple sources to be combined with overlays, live chat, twitter streams etc. It’s a very capable system, and it will be interesting to see how it stands up to the rigors of a multi-continent audiovisualist show. For for set times and lineup details, check out the Net-Lag site.

After spending much of last year traveling thousands of kilometers around Australia in a rock band, I’ve been idealizing web streaming as an alternative to traditional touring. The response to the recent Wesen live streaming session was fantastic, and if this goes well we’ll definitely be looking at putting together future CDM-centric events. If you’d be interested in taking part in future streams hit the comments, and join the fun tomorrow night.

  • I'd love to take part in a CDM net event – count me in.

  • al

    sounds awsome
    no doubt its took alot of prep work

  • Can't wait to see how this goes. Good luck to all involved. In my mind, this kind of technology could be a real gamer changer.

  • I'd love to be perform for the streaming event. What software and hardware does an artist need to have to perform from their studio?

  • Netlag: Vapour Trails will hopefully be the first of many net-events 🙂

    We're running the show using Mogulus which is a flash based live video encoder/broadcast system. It's free and runs in a web browser on Mac or Windows. You can use it to stream video and audio from your webcam, a dv camera or video files you've uploaded to the system. It also allows you to have multiple 'team members' around the world logged into the one account and to cut between feeds from each of them.

    See you in the live chat @

  • Peter nailed it!

    Was really enjoying some of the Chiptunes from Jaymis' mate as well

  • Thanks, Zac! Yeah, I actually had to sleep through Jaymis' set as it was too early NY time so looking forward to seeing/hearing that!

  • And yes, Richard, Tom, there will be more. I think there's tons of potential here … we appreciate the net lag team trying this on for the first time, and I think the rest of us learned a lot from that.

    On the subject of software, well worth checking this out. I just used the default, Flash-based mogulus interface for my set, but Jaymis went in more depth with Adobe's free tool, which also interfaces with mogulus. It allows streaming directly (without one of these services, if you so desire), and provides finer control over encoding:

  • Very Cool, I'd love to be involved too…and I'm in Melbourne( which of course is sorta the opposite of the point really…but we could just see it as ironic)

  • patrick

    Its gonna take some time this time….Interesting developments for online collaboration.Kaddish for the Bride,looks forward to contributing via sanctuarycommunity fm.(Under construction in Australia).Instrumentalists into playing with an orchestra-merge and emerge-kind regards,patrick.