THIS MONTH’S PITCH IS FROM . . . eJamming
With fast computers, great software sequencers, virtual instruments, and an array of MIDI devices, musicians today have the kind of freedom that they could only have dreamt of just 20 years ago. Maybe you’re too young to remember, but I myself vividly recall the beginning of all this. Keyboard workstations and drum machines were commonplace and independence sought by musicians was beyond seductive. Keyboardists were learning how to make the most of electronics and digitization, and sadly, great drummers and bass players lost gigs left and right. Thinking of then and now, that gear was so primitive. Even so, musicians with ears and good chops took tight-lipped tools and made them sing. Man, have times changed.
Now, this independence is easily attained, and a broad spectrum of players are seizing it. A few bucks down and all the tools you need fit in your room in a nice, neat case, and you can play and program away. Whether you’re a guitarist, a drummer, a keyboardist, or a woodwind player, you can design full-blown tracks with your software. It’s you and only you filling the space with sonic self-satisfaction. Yup, MIDI’s been a miracle in so many ways.
But we’ve paid a price, too. Though players still get together, more often than not it’s about sending files and overdubbing ideas. The Internet has made that so easy, but the accrual of solitary moments has added up to one dimensional, maybe two dimensional creations. Good stuff, but who knows what would have happened if two, three, or four players got together at the same time and really interacted? To get that happening, though — in these overworked, traffic-laden days of a tight economy — is no small feat. So you start to think, where are we going with all this? Isn’t music more than a conversation with yourself?
Well, we have a new technology. The eJamming Station. Lets you play together over the Internet. To keep it simple, eJamming puts milliseconds of delay on the sounding of your instrument until you receive the other players’ incoming note triggers, and they’re played where they’re supposed to be, either on your tone generator or the soundset inside eJamming. And when you record the session, any late or dropped notes caused by Internet traffic are placed perfectly on playback because each note is time stamped and synchronized. eJamming can even connect people thousands of miles apart.
With eJamming, you can connect with musicians thousands of miles away via a cable or DSL Internet connection, effectively adding that third dimension to musical collaboration. So, when you’re sitting in your room trying to think of the right fill, you now have access to an online community of musicians who can help out. Go to eJamming.com for a free trial.