A remote collaboration (Tune-In!)

A remote collabaration hack by:
Sean Manton, Satyajit Bagchi, Cosima Churchill (MTF Stockholm)
Andrej Mickov, Andrej Antunovic (Macedonia)

Challenges: #Musical City #The Macedonian Connection

Description: A sister-site public installation for asynchronous remote collaborative composition with strangers.
Tune-In! is a fun web-app to enable the collaborative composition of music between individuals no matter where they are based, from single melodies to entire instrumental tunes. So give it a try, and Tune-In!

Summary:
We have built a proof-of-concept in web-app form for what would eventually be manifested as a pair (or more) of public art installations which invite the public to participate in a collaborative composition process with strangers at other location(s). Each location will be considered either “active” or “waiting”. At any location, a passerby can press the play button to hear the composition in its current evolution. At the current “active location” they will also have the option to add a short duration to the composition. They can do several takes until they are satisfied and then hit a share button, at which point their location will become a waiting location and another installation will become active. In this way, the composition will be passed around between locations and different passers-by, creating a unique remote collaboration and adding some life to the city. One can imagine that if you passed by one of the installations on a regular basis, it could become somewhat of a ritual to visit it each time and see how the composition has grown, and whether you have the opportunity to add more.

Stack:

Node.js, React.js, Tone.js, Firebase.io

Future features:
For our proof-of-concept, we have opted to keep things simple by just including an on-screen keyboard. In installation form, the interface would ideally consist of a screen as well as a MIDI-keyboard or other physical interface (perhaps each location could have it’s own unique controller). In addition to being more intuitive, the presence of a physical controller should serve to invite additional attention and curiosity from potential participants.
Instead of the track constantly growing, with a start but no end, we could limit the length so that as new material is added at the end, an equal amount is trimmed from the beginning. This will keep the length from spiraling out of control and potentially add to the intrigue of the installation as it may be interesting to see how much is still left from what you heard the last time you passed by.

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