Collaborative Digital Media Performance with Generative Music Systems

Andrew R. Brown and Steven C. Dillon

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

Collaborative Digital Media Performance with Generative Music Systems


This article describes a new class of digital performance activities that maintain the benefits of ensemble performance while providing cultural and pedagogical value by exploiting digital media practices. It focuses on a specialized software application called jam2jam, which allows real-time manipulation of generative music and video (or still image animations). The jam2jam systems can be connected over a local area network or over the Internet to create ensembles, and all networked jam2jam systems have their parameters and timing synchronized.

Keywords: digital media systems; music performance; ensemble; jam2jam; music; software; music education

Article.  7214 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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