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How great is this?! I’ve always been intrigued to see how music can be expressed in all shapes and forms. Multiplatform music collaboration is something I have kept a keen eye on over the years and as a musician myself I love the idea that via the internet I could one day jam with my brother over 100 miles away without any real latency issues.

That dream is of course pretty much here. Below are a few links that show that the issues that have held collaboration back are being resolved at a rapid pace.

What I really want to know is, how long before I could potentially win the chance to perform with a musical legend from the comfort of my living room, whilst simultaneously broadcast live on TV?! I want to be able to perform live with musicians all over the world for Live Aid 2009!

eJamming – This is collaborative software that lets you jam and record a song with somebody anywhere in the world at the same time. Here is a blurb from Techcrunch:

“…allows musicians located anywhere to get together for jam sessions. Your drummer’s in New York, lead guitar is in India, your bass player is somewhere else, and you’re on keyboard. No problem. eJamming lets you jam anyway. And you can talk to the other musicians via a VOIP feature.”


Riffworks – This a audio recording tool with some great collaboration abilities.

“RiffLink Online Jamming
Record and collaborate with musicians from all over the world using the RiffLink interface integrated into RiffWorks. Any musician can join your session and work with you at the same time on the same song. There’s even a built-in chat client.

Thanks to loop recording, RiffWorks has no latency or distance problems like some other online music collaboration programs. Each RiffWorks layer is instantly streamed to other current users as well as saved on the server for users who wish to contribute later. There’s nothing like it!”

Ninjam – It’s probably best to read this post in regards to what Ninjam is. In a nutshell it is an online real time collaborative music software that has a unique way of dealing with the latency issue.

“Ninjam has come up with a unique solution to circumvent this issue.
Ninjam leverages the problem itself to turn it to its own favor.
By making latency much longer than it really is, NINJAM creates the opportunity to create something that would have appeared otherwise impossible.

The latency in Ninjam is measured in measures, and the Ninjam client records and streams synchronized intervals of music between participants.
Just as the interval finishes recording, it begins playing on everyone else’s client. So when you play through an interval, you’re playing along with the previous interval of everybody else, and they’re playing along with your previous interval.

If this sounds pretty bizarre, it sort of is, until you get used to it, then it becomes pretty natural.”

Myonlineband.com – A collaborative community for making, collaborating and sharing music. This isn’t a realtime jamming platform, but a place to create and collaborate on a track by track basis.

Kompoz – Here is another community where you can upload, share and then collaborate on music you have created.

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