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01Music2015041320150525 (R4)

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.

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 opera. New York's Metropolitan Opera say the technology will revolutionise opera performance.

02Art2015042020150526 (R4)

Martha Lane Fox explores how artists collaborate creatively online. In the age of the internet, who needs galleries?

Just twenty years ago, the internet was perceived as extraordinary and new. Now it is part of our daily routine. In the mid-90s, the early internet facilitated collaboration between international artists who wanted to challenge the structures of the traditional arts world. Twenty years later, how do artists use a more corporate and commercial internet? Is it a medium or a marketing tool? And what relationships do traditional galleries have with digital art? For some artists, the internet is a means of exploring and highlighting how digital technologies shape our lives.

Featuring artists and curators including James Bridle, Ben Vickers, Thomson and Craighead, Kate Genevieve and David OReilly.

Producer: Gill Davies

An Overtone production for BBC Radio 4.