Andante: A Mobile Musical Agents Infrastructure

Leo Kazuhiro Ueda
Fabio Kon

Department of Computer Science
Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME)
University of São Paulo
Rua do Matão, 1010 ­ 05508-090
São Paulo, SP ­ Brazil

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In the last decade, researchers in the area of distributed systems created the concept of mobile agents: active, autonomous objects capable of executing computation in a computer network, migrating from node to node. We propose the use of this new concept and related technology for the creation and performance of music within a distributed computing environment. In this paper, we introduce Andante, an open-source infrastructure for the construction of distributed applications for music composition and performance based on mobile musical agents. We describe a prototype implementation of this infrastructure based on Aglets, a Java mobile agent platform, as well as a sample application built on top of this infrastructure.

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