Sunday, March 09, 2008

How To Jam On The Internet (Musically, That Is)

Technology has been good to music in recent years. And visa versa. Some great sites have emerged that allow musicians (or wannabes) to jam online. Here are 10 to get you started.

  1. Ninjam: “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. “
  2. ejamming: Currently free during its public beta! Connect, jam, and record online.
  3. jam2jam:Improvise with others online and creative grooves and music without having to have “music chops”.
  4. Jam Central Station: Have a virtual band “back you”.
  5. Kompoz: “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!”
  6. Kalabo: Compose, play, add to, and modify compositions online.
  7. JamGlue: Upload a composition, mix it, share it…
  8. Splice: Meet, Make, Mix, and Mash music online.
  9. JamNow: “Broadcast, podcast or jam live whenever you want, & invite fans or musicians to join in. Or choose to keep your broadcasts private, open only to those you invite. Your sessions are recorded and can be edited, stored in your JamNow tape vault, and downloaded as MP3s. Post your performances as streams on your profile page - build your audience by playing live for people all over the world! Do it yourself!”
  10. ZipJam: Not an online jam/shareable site, but rather one that allows you to find musicians to jam with and work with in your area.

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