Laptop Jamming

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Ableton Link[edit]

Wifi Based Tempo sync

Midi Sync[edit]

De Facto Standard for sync and note info transport

Eurorack Tempo Clock[edit]

Timed gated signal

OSC[edit]

Successor to midi

The Solution[edit]

What would you expect at a jam session? 
I can organise a weekly session in a rehearsal room 18:00-22:00. 

But what do you imagine? What will you put up with? 
How many laptop musicians at a time? What if your session is shit? 
How many other peoples sessions will you listen to inbetween your sessions? If you are accomplished will you jam with a beginner? Will you turn up to grow a set with someone or do you just want to pop in every few weeks? Will it stagnate? Do you want Gabber at 160 bpm every time or will you try genres you never knew existed? Do you jam ping pong style -alternating or try playing sounds together at the same time?Do you use a conductor or music director?- would you take turns as a conductor or musical director?

What about when people turn up with no idea how to sync, don't have the cables or whatever?

What about the dominant guy who plays too loud, with delays on everything?

Can you trust the people you jam with?

I running jamming sessions, but these are usually with two other people that I know really well. I have proposed jamming sessions after the audio coding sessions because there is an opportunity for the musicians to get to know each other first. You can see here what the room looks like https://www.meetup.com/Amsterdam-Electronic-Music/events/dtnjbryzjbqb/
  • Weekly
  • Loosely Structured
  • Scalable
  • Safe

2 - 3 People[edit]

  • Ping Pong or layered all three people

2 - 4 People[edit]

  • layered all 4 people
  • Ping Pong or layered 2 * 2 People

4 - 8 People[edit]

  • layered 4 people * 2
  • Ping Pong 4 * 2 People

8 - 13 People[edit]

  • layered 3-4 people * 3
  • Pingpong 2 People * 8


Here's the initial plan (but it's totally open to change if someone knows what they are doing.)

Doors open 6:00. First set 6:30. Most people arrive 7:00 - 730.

25 minutes per set + 5 minutes prep time = 6 sets 10 people??? 4 people per set = 3 sets per person per evening.

... or something like that.

This allows for a less homogeneous vibe over many weeks.

People can organise between themselves what genre, tempo etc to experiment with per set.

How does this sound to you?

Up until now there was never more than 3 or 4 people so we didn't need to do any planning.

But I like the idea of people communicating over the week in preparation for a particular jam attempt.