The broadband music jam arrives

Forget collaborating on a Google spreadsheet — why not collaborate on a kick-ass cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.
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We plugged guitars into computers and adjusted our headphones. I clicked “record” and began laying down a bass track alongside the guitarist’s. As we watched our tracks appear in the audio-mixing software, he recognized something familiar in the chord progression and played a guitar part from the Beatles’ “Let It Be” that fit perfectly over my bass line.

This guitarist and I had successfully traded a musical idea — a common enough occurrence, except that we’d never met, and weren’t in the same room or even the same city. But we were collaborating in near real time using the music-making site eJamming. Although we’d hit a few glitches, it felt like a breakthrough moment.

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