Recently, AcA received a grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund to launch an experimental project using Low Latency (LoLa) Audio Video Streaming. In partnership with other agencies including LUS Fiber, the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, Chattanooga Public Library, Louisiana Folk Roots, Old Fiddlers’ Association, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we are excited to launch this project new to AcA and our region.
Project LoLA: Art + Technology Experiment aims to enable real time musical performances among musicians in distance geographic locations with minimal lag time (also known as latency). LoLa technology is only available in 40 cities across the United States, and Lafayette, Louisiana is now one of them.
On July 31, 2018 at 5:30PM, Louisiana Folk Roots’ students will teach students in Chattanooga, Tennessee a Cajun/Creole song, and students of Old Fiddlers’ Association in Chattanooga will teach the Acadiana students and Old-Time fiddle tune. Following the first half of the program, adult groups will play a song together, completely in sync using the LoLa technology. This (typically) uninterrupted connection allows them to work together without having to be at the same location, thus, creating new and endless possibilities.
Although LoLa was created specifically for performing artists, there are certainly many ways it can be beneficial to other industries. As with any other technology, testing is the path to infinite further development. AcA is thrilled to be a part of this project and experimenting with this tool that enables us to connect globally.
The experimental event at AcA will be open to the public for observation. Anyone interested in learning more information about Project LoLa is welcomed to visit lola.acadianacenterforthearts.org.