“Jamodrum Interactive Music System” by Blaine

  • ©Tina Blaine


Description:


    Inspired by the community spirit of drumming and new technology, the Jamodrum Interactive Music System encourages collaborative experiences with music and real-time computer graphics. Cross-cultural music integration was inspired by the inventors’ experiences with communal music making, both in the context of non-Western cultures and contemporary computer music.

    The system combines velocity-sensitive input devices and computer graphics imagery into an integrated tabletop surface, where up to three players can participate in a synergetic approach to musical improvisation. Each participant strikes a M IDI pad that controls sounds and visual imagery to create group compositions. By taking advantage of the players’ intuitive abilities and social interaction skills, the Jamodrum embraces both musically trained and untrained participants.

    This prototype was the first in a series sponsored by Interval Research Corporation, which ultimately led to installation of a 12-person Jamodrum device at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.


Other Information:


    Concept, Software, Hardware
    & Interaction Design
    Tina Blaine
    Interval Research Corporation

    Tim Perkis
    Videoscribe

    Software & Graphic Design
    Greg Jalbert
    Imaja

    Audio Engineering
    & Sound Design
    Kris Force
    Interval Research
    Corporation

    Hardware Design
    Greg Beattie
    Tricia Wright
    Interval Research
    Corporation

    Musicians
    Carolyn Brandy
    Susan Jette
    Karma Moffett
    Karamba Diabat
    Michael Coffey
    Bean

    Interaction Design
    Ignazio Moresco
    Hila Dar
    Different

    Eiko DoEspiritoSanto
    Traquitanas

    Additional Graphics
    Stuart Sharpe
    Steve Rubin

    Projection
    Charles “Bud” Lassiter
    Chris Seguine
    Interval Research Corporation


Acknowledgements:


    Special thanks to David Liddle, Michael Naimark, Bill Verplank, Becky
    Fuson, Laurie Anderson, Arthur Hull, and our esteemed colleagues
    at Interval Research for their support and feedback.


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