Collaborative AudioCube Jam At Electro-Music 2011

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Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures an informal collaborative synth jam, using AudioCubes and Mark Mosher’s 9 Box Method.

Here’s what Mosher has to say about the video:

There was an AudioCube jam at the 2011 Electro-Music Festival in NY. I brought 6 AudoiCubes and set up my casual musical instrument templates called the 9 Box.

The system fits in a backpack, is intended for 1-4 players. It only takes a few minutes to setup the system and about 1 minute to learn to play the 9 Box.

“9 Box” refers to a 3×3 matrix of 9 clips – hence the “9 Box”. Why 9 clips? After much research I’ve concluded that 9 is a perfect number of clips for mapping to a single AudioCube and a small enough number of clips that it’s easy to keep track of the different musical or sound phrases.

Watch for annotations in video for more details.

The end result is part synth jam, part audio installation. I’d like to see a polished multi-person performance with the same set up, too.

9 Box Method For ‘Tribal Music Jams’ With Music, Sound & Light In Ableton Live

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Mark Mosher, an electronic musician and the blogger behind Modulate This!, has introduced 9 Box Method, an ambitious new project to develop a standardized approach for group improvisations with Ableton Live:

“9 Box” refers to a 3×3 matrix of 9 clips – hence the “9 Box”.

Why 9 clips? 9 clips can be mapped to a single AudioCube and are a small enough number that it’s easy to keep track of the relationship between the physical interfaces and the sound phrases.

The system is intended for applications in social musical jams, music education, music therapy, installations, and festivals and supports 1-4 players per instance. Without changing any settings, or having to reconfigure controllers, the system can organically scale from 1-4 players. Players simply decide what role they will take and re-arrange the cubes accordingly.

9 Box Method is basically a set of free downloads for Ableton Live, along with documentation designed to standardize setting up Live group jams.  Mosher says that the system “will allow players to spend more time making music and sound than configuring hardware and software.”

The first edition of 9 Box will be based on 6 Percussa AudioCubes, but Mosher plans to adapt it to the Novation Launchpad, too.

Mosher’s video, above, is a performance test to see how long it takes configure the cubes and load the templates. This is a one-time setup per jam session. You can then refill the 9 boxes on the fly.

It looks like an interesting project. If you give it a try – leave a comment and let us know what you think!

via newechoproductions