On 29/04/2020 We did something very special with the British soul band Mamas Gun. In collaboration with Soho Radio and Jagermeister, the group became the first in history to cut a vinyl record, playing together live, while isolated in their respective homes.
Watch back the stream:
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Making music over the internet sounds like a simple enough proposition; everyone connects to a group video chat and start jamming, right? Unfortunately, the fly in this particular ointment comes in the form of “latency” and services like Zoom and Skype have lots of it.
On a group chat, or in the studio, latency is the delay between one participant making a sound, and the other participants hearing that sound. Latency is inevitable when data travels over the internet and if the latency between collaborating musicians is too high, it becomes impossible for them to stay in time.
For years this has been the greatest challenge facing anyone seeking to develop an on-line musical collaboration system. Finally, in 2020, the internet has matured to the point where online group musical performances are really possible.
Spurred on by the recent sudden cancellation of all festivals and concerts, our own Doug Hunt set out on a mission to bring the joy of live music to the many people isolated by the current global situation. After weeks of late nights and cold coffee, the fruits of his labours are ready in the form of a system that allows what was previously thought impossible.
Here’s a longer stream from the same great band: