Jam2Jam : networked jamming

Dillon, Steven C. (2006) Jam2Jam : networked jamming. Media Culture Journal, 9(6), pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

The initial development of jam2jam began with a survey of the musical tastes of a group of children between the ages of 8-14 in a multi racial community in Delaware, Ohio in the USA as part of the Delaware Children’s Music Festival in 2002. These surveys of ‘the music they liked’ resulted in the researchers purchasing Compact Discs and completing a rule based analysis of the styles. This analysis was then converted into numerical values and algorithms were constructed and used as a structure for the software. The algorithms propose the intensity of range of each style. For example, in the Grunge style the snare drum at low intensity plays a cross stick rim timbre on the second and fourth beat and at high intensity the sound becomes a gated snare sound and plays rhythmic quaver/eighth note triplets. In between these are characteristic rhythmic materials that are less complex than the extreme (triplets). This procedure is replicated across five instruments; drums, percussion, bass, guitar and keyboard. The melodic instruments have algorithms for pitch organisation within the possibilities of the style. These algorithms are the recipes or lesson plans for interactive music making where the student’s gestures control the intensity of the music as it composes in real time.

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ID Code: 18859
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Contents of this journal are freely available via the journal's website: use link above.
ISSN: 1441-2616
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2009 03:58
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 22:47

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