AV jam

Brown, Andrew R. & Dillon, Steven C. (2009) AV jam. (Unpublished)

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AV-Jam is an application that generates music and video that you can control while it plays.

It is collaborative interactive artwork, enabling its subjects to jointly control the music and video using a network of control surfaces connected to a computer. Clever algorithmic processes generate music and video that shape the result by adjusting parameters on the AV-Jam interface. The user is able to jam just like a musician, but without the need for complex instrumental skills. It is particularly aimed at providing access to novice users. Though the AV-Jam system was designed to promote meaningful engagement with media art for people of all ages, it is specifically designed to encourage collaboration between children by facilitating the creation of media rich experiences that might otherwise require more advanced skills of a DV and VJ.

Research Focus

The focus of AV-Jam's collaborators is to encourage audience members to experiment and listen to the sound, generating an atmosphere of relaxed music. One can watch the video and adjust the visuals for their own personal aesthetic effect on their immediate space.

Previous prototypes also promote working with others to control all parts of the music and video. The key to success is to take risks, be creative and listen to the sounds that your actions make. Networked jamming embraces the computer as medium of expression, the network as a team and cyberspace as venue.

Networked jamming systems, such as AV-Jam, provide learning opportunities based on real-time improvisation. Such environments provide interaction as a public and enjoyable opportunity, accessible in the contemporary and familiar format of virtual and present collaborative learning spaces. The benefits of networked jamming are that it makes creative activities accessible and engaging. It embodies creative knowledge in an audio/visual environment allowing simultaneous reflective discussion or demonstration of musical understanding. A networked jamming environment provides opportunities to develop creativity skills while taking into account technical and interpersonal skills relevant to experimental and interactive artworks in a prototype phase. AV-Jam uses dynamic music technologies developed by the Creative Communities project of the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID).

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ID Code: 18153
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
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Keywords: generative Art, Network jamming, Meaningful engagement, Music, media performance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified (190499)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 beta_space
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2009 22:04
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 22:50

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