1. June 2007

Jamming on the Internet: eJamming AUDiiO

eJamming AUDiiO

The Internet opened many new beautiful ways of communication, many of them even in real time. Unfortunately, Internet connections have always had a latency that has been too high to allow musicians to play across the globe. The small delays which appear on every net connection are a massive problem for musical applications.

Now, another project takes the challenge to create a global rehearsal room. eJamming AUDiiO claims to have overcome the latency with smart algorithms.

I did not test this software myself, but I do not believe that they have really overcome the delays. I have yet to see an Internet connection which has a latency low enough to jam together. Online gamers probably know the difficulty of Internet latency. I guess this basic latency is still present even with eJamming AUDiiO, but they probably try to make it not matter anymore.

Digging around on their website shows that my guess is not completely unfounded:

You MUST hear your own music with the slight delay eJamming AUDiiO imposes on everybody’s music to keep you all in sync.

So basically, the software delays everything, even your own sound, to keep all players in sync. This is probably a little difficult to get used to, but seems like a promising approach.

Currently, eJamming AUDiiO is still in a beta phase and free of charge. It is expected to cost about 10-15 Euros per month when it finally launches, probably in July.

» eJamming AUDiiO

(via Gitarreninstitut Kassel via Kreativrauschen)

Topics: internetjammingmusiconline

12. May 2007

Dave: The Interactive Music Video Installation


Last semester, Erik and myself created an interactive music video installation called “Dave“. It was the – so far – most intense project I have done. Well, it was worth it. :) We created the first installation of this kind that I know of.

The recipient, surrounded by displays, can alter the course of the video by interacting with three pillars. Interaction does not only change the video, but also the music. Nonetheless, the music preserves its character, because all possible variations are preproduced.

We created a little webpage with details about dave. There are pictures and videos which hopefully give an impression about the installation:

» Dave: The Interactive Music Video Installation «

There’s also a German version of the same pages.

Too bad that it existed only for one day. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you were actually standing within it. Videos can’t really show that. *sigh*

Topics: artDaveinstallationinteractivemusicvideo

3. April 2007

Floating MP3-Player: Music for your bath tub


JVC Japan presented an MP3-Player which floats in water. The JVC XA-AW33 (shiny name…) is waterproof and equiped with circular LED lighting for visualization effects. The manufacturer even claims that the music creates ripples in the water while playing music.

Unfortunately, the floating player can only load 256MB of music and plays music in mono. However, it’s cool! :)

Now if it was available in Europe and didn’t cost 125 Euro (~165 USD)….

(via Golem.de)

Topics: bathtubgadgetmp3musicplayerwaterweird

13. March 2007

How mainstream are you? – The Last.fm-Mainstream-O-Meter

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You are 17.35 % Mainstream!

Crap! Looks like I am less alternative than I thought. :)

With the Last.fm-Mainstream-O-Meter, users of Last.fm (see “Discovering Music that You Like“) can see, how much their listening habits overlap with the evil mainstream. You only have to enter your Last.fm username and the webservice calculates – somehow – your mainstream factor in percent.

» read on!

Topics: last.fmmainstreammusicweb-service

6. August 2006

Discover New Music That You Love (or at least like)

» Deutsch

Searching for music

Music is great. Music is manifold. Everyone has his own taste of music. What is loved by one might be refused by the next.

These different preferences make it pretty difficult to find new great music. The spectrum is – fortunately – large, but finding the music that appeals to you personally turns out to be like the search for the needle in the haystack.

Several internet services have lined up to help easing your search – time to give you an overview of the most important services of their kind.

» read on!

Topics: discoveringgnodinternetiratelast.fmliveplasmamusicpandorarecommendationssearchservicesweb2.0

Conclusion « Discovering Music That You Love (6/6)

Besides all this fancy new technology, you should not forget those primitive methods to find great new music. You can still ask friends for recommendations, listen in your record store to an unknown CD because it has an interesting name or simply looks pretty. The success rates of these “analog” techniques are surprisingly high.

» read on!

Topics: internetmusicrecommendations

Pandora « Discovering Music That You Love (4/6)


Similar to Last.fm, Pandora is a personalized radio system, but without community features. It does not use a separate player application, but a Flash player on its homepage.

» read on!

Topics: internetmusicrecommendations

iRATE « Discovering Music That You Love (5/6)


Gnoosic, Last.fm and Pandora work with a wide spectrum of music, including that controlled by the music industry. iRATE, on the contrary, has a different philosophy. It only plays free music.

» read on!

Topics: internetmusicrecommendations

Last.fm « Discovering Music That You Love (3/6)

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Last.fm calls itself a personalized radio. That expression fits Last.fm pretty well.

To receive this radio, you have to install a small application. This application receives the music directly from Last.fm’s servers. The system keeps track of the music that you are listening to – if you wish even when you’re using other software like Winamp. You can also mark tracks from the radio that you love or never want to hear again.

» read on!

Topics: internetmusicrecommendations

Liveplasma « Discovering Music That You Love (2/6)


liveplasma is another music map application. It is flash-based and looks prettier than Gnod’s music map.

Unfortunately, it liveplasma does not know much about less popular bands. This can become very frustrating if your listening preferences aren’t very mainstream… especially because liveplasma displays Madonna’s music map each time it doesn’t find the artist you really want to see mapped.

The music coverage is especially bad in foreign languages. I have yet to find a German band in Liveplasma. Even German groups which are considered mainstream are not available.

For the bands it knows, it is a good looking tool to browse around in the musical universe.

» Read on: Last.fm

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