Internet Enabled Music Collaboration

By SamuelRose, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 11 years 1 week ago.

William Benzon's Beethoven's Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture is a great place to start studying how human music-making is related to the subject of cooperation. From the summary:

Music may be a key driver of human biological and cultural evolution, enabling individual brains to engage in complex internal cognitive synchronization and externally attuning the brains of different individuals into group cooperative activity.

While looking around in the "talk" section of the Metacollab wiki, I noticed a reference to VSTunnel, a system that allows people to connect computer-based music sequencers online. A collaborative way to create music loops.

Some may also be familar with James Fung's Regen Music, and "Deconcerts". Fung has been experimenting with using the brainwaves, heartbeat, and other biofeedback from individuals and groups to produce music, or to accompany or influence music produced on more traditional instruments.

I have begun looking for similar examples of music and cooperation, whether it be literature about the subject, or actual applications. I've borrowed a page from Jim Benson's playbook and created a tag: musicandcoop to track this phenomenon. Please feel free to use this tag to help grow knowledge about music and collaboration/cooperation. Also, feel free to leave feedback at The Enriching Project Music and Cooperation Blogchannel, where I will be keeping parallel-track of this subject for possible use in Enriching Projects.