Mobile Jam

This project explores the possibility of using mobile phones as a tool for creating music and aims. In this project we have considered mobile phones as a tool for creating music and target developments with this aim. Our research mainly looks at the following two directions:
1. Mobile phones as remote controls
2. Mobile phones as stand-alone musical instruments

Why do we prepare it?

Our goal is to create musical compositions that are specifically created using (interconnected) mobile phones by utilizing phone interfaces that radically expand music-making competency for a larger number of people. We develop new interfaces that can be used by anybody. Mobiljam is based on playing and manipulating sounds and tracks.

How does it work?

1. Mobile phones as remote controls
Hardware: computer, PA system, mobile phones
Software: Java,
Max/MSP, Pure Data, SuperCollider
Communication: Bluetooth
The Mobile phones control the computer as they generate sound loops. The mobile phones can control in two ways: through dial buttons sequencing loops in time and through using input data from the spatial position of the mobile phone (gestural applications) that give a visual feedback to mobile display- multi and single player play modes are available.

2. Mobile phones as stand-alone
musical instruments
Hardware: mobile phones
Software: Java, Processing, Mobile Processing
Communication: Bluetooth
A research conducted on “next generation” mobile phones indicated that music is still controlled through dial buttons and 3D position sensors, but the Bluetooth piconets are created and maintained solely by the mobiles. All the images and sounds are generated on the mobile phones using their displays and speakers. multi and single player play modes are available.
Mobile Jam will be accompanied by a music sharing website in order to boost the community of mobile musicians.

Current state

Software prototype is ready. Testing.