The Bastard Assignments Handbook of Live Online Performance

Unfortunately we have had serious problems with spammers filling the wiki that was at this location with offensive content. As I do not have the time to learn how to adequately protect a wiki-style site, I have had to backpedal and revert to a system I know MUCH better, WordPress. For now, this will just be a static site again while I get the content back in – please contact me if you wish to make a contribution – but I plan to set up a way that legitimate contributors will be able to set up accounts and edit pages here. My apologies for this change; I’m disappointed that this can’t just be easier to edit, but the wiki format just wasn’t practical to keep clean and useful.

The internet is changing all the time, as we know. Even in the not-quite-a-year since Bastard Assignments first started making our Lockdown Jams, we have seen features in the software we’ve used come and go and have discovered many new tools offering exciting new options for creative live online performance work. For that reason, we have decided to make this Handbook of Live Online Performance a website, to try to ensure that it remains relevant for artists working in this medium, not a relic of the pandemic era.

We invite you to contribute content and engage in discussion about the information and examples here, trying where possible to link updates to your own experience.

We aim for this site to include three main types of content:

  • Notes about using specific pieces of software
  • Challenges of live online performance and strategies and tools used to work creatively with these challenges, and
  • Broad concepts of live online performance developed over the course of our work in this area, with links to other publications

While many of the examples in this site are from our Lockdown Jams, we welcome the addition of examples from other creators, and particular those which demonstrate diversity among their artists.
Caitlin Rowley is the principal contact for this project. You can contact me via

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