KMH and Aloha by Elk

The idea behind Aloha by Elk is to enable musicians playing together remotely without any latency. Elk now cooperates with KMH in developing the technology behind the app Aloha. The project, partly funded by Vinnova, may revolutionize remote teaching in music.

KMH needed to quickly adapt to remote teaching due to the Corona pandemic. A new need became clear – digital tools for online music education that offers low-latency audio transmission. This is necessary for situations as music lessons, rehearsals and performances, when teachers and musicians need to play together synchronously but cannot meet.

Elk Audio develops a solution that enables low-latency and high-quality networked music performances. They applied for funding when Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, announced a call for proposals: Innovations in the traces of the pandemic. Elk needed a partner with an expressed need for the technology – and found KMH.

Video: Aloha by Elk, Acapella, Untitled (How Does it Feel)

The video shows a live recording with students from KMH who sing a capella together live from three different places around Stockholm, using the app Aloha. As if they were in the same studio.

With Vilma Ogenblad, Lisa Holmgren and Paula Wegmann.


Video: Improvised a capella remotely

This improvisation was recorded when the research project Folk Song Lab tested Aloha. The singers improvised together from three different places.

With Susanne Rosenberg, Maria Misgeld and Eva Rune.

Timeline for the project

Phase 1, autumn-winter 2020

During the first projectphase the KMH project group has performed tests. Folk Song Lab and two teachers, of which one is in a risk-group and one is working remotely are involved.

Phase 2, winter-spring of 2021

Elk Audio presents a new hardware for the group to test. The beta version has an updated interface with video chat function.

In February and March, a broader testing will take place. More teachers and students will be invited to try the technology and give feedback to the developers.

Phase 3, end Q2 2021

The project is completed with a report. The research findings will be presented and the product can be launched commercially.