Network Jamming : Distributed Performance using Generative Music

Brown, Andrew R.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Generative music systems can be played by musicians who manipulate the values of algorithmic parameters, and their datacentric nature provides an opportunity for coordinated interaction amongst a group of systems linked over IP networks; a practice we call Network Jamming. This paper outlines the characteristics of this networked performance practice and discusses the types of mediated musical relationships and ensemble configurations that can arise. We have developed and tested the jam2jam network jamming software over recent years. We describe this system, draw from our experiences with it, and use it to illustrate some characteristics of Network Jamming.