The Res: Multiplayer Mac Music with 6 NES Controllers [Updated]

Getting people uninhibited enough to sit down and play with game controllers: easy. (Well, among geeks, anyway) Getting them to play music together: hard. So, the solution by Benjamin Gaulon, aka Recyclism: hook some NES controllers into a Mac running Max/MSP and let them play that way. Hit the project section to find videos of the results. Let me tell you, they sound . . . okay, awful. But it’s fun watching geeks jam with controller pads. (So should the Max patch automatically make it sound good — or does that kill the fun of sounding bad together? I guess …

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Musikmesse: Collaborate Online with Digitalmusician.net

Now in public beta (form required) but launching in August, Digitalmusician.net is an ambitious one-stop-shop for online collaboration. No, it's not just new-fangled live collaboration; it's the whole package: Interactive VST collaboration: Send audio and MIDI via a VST 2.0 plugin live to and from anywhere, with high-quality audio (256 kb MP3 max, stereo), on both Mac and PC. Sample-accurate timing. (How they've pulled this off, we have no idea!) Video conferencing: Video chat with your collaborator. "Give tips, advice, and coach your partner" they say — as in "dude, you're dragging, and your bass playing sucks!"? Personal homepage / …

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