Strange Loop

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2021


Union Station


St. Louis, MO

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How live music is evolving in a post pandemic world

As a musician + developer, enabling bands to perform together remotely has been a dream of mine for a long time. When the pandemic occurred, this problem went from being novel to becoming an actual need––as the best venue for live music became the screen.

By only using a couple of browser APIs (Web MIDI & Worklets) and common multiplayer connections (WebSockets & RTCDataChannels), it’s now become possible to create an experience that’s both exciting for musicians to use, and show-goers to enjoy.

In this talk, you’ll see how using a combination of standard Web APIs and Observability practices has enabled distributed live music. You’ll also learn about how the remote show experience will become more exciting over time, and get a chance to play music together with the entire audience (no matter where you're joining from)!

Ben Michel

Ben Michel


Before he became a Web developer, Ben spent a decade as a professional musician (performing, touring, recording) based in Portland, Oregon. He continues to support both the evolution of the arts, and the projects that push the Web forward (OpenJS Foundation, Node.js, tc39, Unicode Consortium). Ben has also led JavaScript meetups over the years (PDXNode, WebAudioPDX), and occasionally produces music.