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Monday, October 30, 2006

Collaborative Mobile Musical Composing...(idea #101)

In my household, we now have a Mac Mini as a "home entertainment" system for the sitting room. We discovered the really exciting Garage Band application for composing/recoding music. Moreover, we hooked it up to our keyboard via the midi port - great for easy composing and the kids are amazed at the conversion of input to a musical score (great for learning music theory).

For even a relative musical novice, it is possible to create enjoyable music using the many musical loops that can be dropped in to a track and moved, stretched, chopped and repeated anywhere along the timeline.

I can well imagine that a mobile version would be fun too, especially on a device with a substantial music synthesis capability. A multi-user version could allow sharing of tracks and collaborative composition. Finished scores could be saved as ringtones, uploaded to blogs (a standard extension to any mobile app - or it ought to be, and remarkably isn't).

Numerous readers of this blog have asked me to continue the "100 Ideas" series, despite still not having released the compiled e-book of the first 100 (I hope coming soon). Therefore, even though I have posted other ideas since the 100th, this is the official 101st idea....and here's looking forward to the 200 mark!

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At 11:47 AM, Anonymous gideon marken said...

QUOTE: "A multi-user version could allow sharing of tracks and collaborative composition"

Or, have it function as a P2P based fractal music generator, where as you get closer to others who have the bluetooth P2P app running, their melody/musical progression begins mixing into yours.

A higher level version of this could have the user's profiles be exchanged which would pass rules/settings which would interact with and mutate each other's melody/progression.

If the data was captured and sent to a server along with GPS coords, you'd then be able to hook up a map and be able to listen to the world by aggregating the data according to the zoom level/location on the map. There would have to be some level of normalization going on since most sound cards can't generate more than 16channels of midi.

I like the idea of being able to listen to a city, a town, a state, a country. The degree of how musical the end result will sound would rely heavily on how the data was originally mapped to a scale - but it's possible. :)


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