- Kompoz.com // Kompoz is a website that helps musical artists collaborate on projects together. From the Kompoz web site, "Kompoz is a social workspace for musicians and songwriters. Got an idea for a song? Record a track. Upload it. Then invite others to add drums, bass, vocals or anything else!" Kompoz is exactly what I wanted to create when applying to Parsons. It is elegant and useful. Some other examples of this same idea are V-Bans.de, Band-colab.net, and Netjam. Some of these are more successful than others, but the important thing to consider is that this idea has already been done, so I should focus on another area of focus.
- Ninjam // Ninjam or (Novel Intervallic Network Jamming Architecture for Music) is a software set to foster realtime "jamming" with fellow musicians. Where Kompz focuses on recorded collaboration, Ninjam helps artists perform simultaneously. From the Ninjam website, "NINJAM is a program to allow people to make real music together via the Internet. Every participant can hear every other participant. Each user can also tweak their personal mix to his or her liking. NINJAM is cross-platform, with clients available for Mac OS X and Windows." Ninjam seems like is will be a very successful tool, and I wish I had came out with it first.
Music-Making Device Innovations
- Serato Scratch // Serato is an amazing product that incoorperates digital music with the analog hip-hop esthetic of scratching. It re-introduces the turntable as a viable tool for computer music
- The Yellow Drum Machine Robot // This little robot maneuvers through the physical world and makes music with what he finds. I really enjoy this new application for tapping on things, and would be interested in exploring these ideas further.
Michel Gondry's video for Chemical Brothers' Star Guitar
The work of Christo and Jean-Claude highlights the natural order of things, but makes people consider them in a new and different light. I admire their planning, focus, and creativity. I would also like to create something that causes the viewer to experience something in a new way, hopefully, however, in the realm of music/sound.