How it works

Here's how to make music with MicroJam:

Listen

You can browse other jams that have been uploaded or hit the "Jam!" tab to start a new one.

Perform

Tap, swirl, or swipe in the blue square to make your own tiny performance! Afterwards, hit "play" to hear what you've created.

Reply

Hit reply to record a new layer on top of a friend's jam, start a band or contribute to massive online performances!

In action

About MicroJam

MicroJam is a mobile app for sharing tiny touch-screen performances. Mobile applications that streamline creativity and social interaction have enabled a very broad audience to develop their own creative practices. While these apps have been very successful in visual arts (particularly photography), the idea of social music-making has not had such a broad impact. MicroJam includes several novel performance concepts intended to engage the casual music maker and inspired by current trends in social creativity support tools. Touch-screen performances are limited to 5-seconds, instrument settings are posed as sonic "filters", and past performances are arranged as a timeline with replies and layers. These features of MicroJam encourage users not only to perform music more frequently, but to engage with others in impromptu ensemble music making.

Research Goals

  • encourage everyday music-making with smartphones
  • investigate asynchronous and distributed smartphone performance
  • create generative microjams to mimic user styles

Development

MicroJam is available on Github and archived at Zenodo. You can cite MicroJam via this DOI: DOI

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