JAM-O-WORLD: Evolution of the Jam-O-Drum Multi-player Musical Controller into the Jam-O-Whirl Gaming Interface

Blaine, Tina and Forlines, Clifton

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper discusses the Jam-O-Drum multi-player musical controller and its adaptation into a gaming controller interface known as the Jam-O-Whirl. The Jam-O-World project positioned these two controller devices in a dedicated projection environment that enabled novice players to participate in immersive musical gaming experiences. Players’ actions, detected via embedded sensors in an integrated tabletop surface, control game play, real-time computer graphics and musical interaction. Jam-O-World requires physical and social interaction as well as collaboration among players.