Y2K6 Ninjams (2006)
category: internet based free improvisations
NINJAM is a Realtime Music Collaboration Software that allows people to make real music together via the Internet: Every participant can hear every other participant while playing. We used a dedicated server for the festival; for the rehearsals, the public ninjam server was used where many people from all over the world meet anonymously to make music together.
These ninjams with Per Boysen, Bernhard Wagner, Michael "Darkroom" Bearpark, and Michael Peters were recorded immediately before and during the Y2K6 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. Many thanks to Rainer Straschill who made this all possible. Other recordings of the festival here
I hadn't done this before and it was quite exciting to jam with someone from the other side of the world. In this case, Per was in California at the Y2K6 site, Michael Bearpark was in England, and Bernhard was in Switzerland. The session with Per was played live in front of a real audience who only saw Per in person, and heard Bernhard and me out of the speakers. A good thing because as the gig was in the afternoon, California time, it was midnight in Germany and I was in my pyjamas already :-)
As this music is an open improvisation, and we all used loops and effects extensively,
it is hard to tell who plays what (all mellotron sounds are by me though).
I recognize my own guitar playing but I won't even start to explain :-)
The saxophone occasionally hooting during the October 20 session (that used a public server) came from an anonymous sax player from Spain. Probably other people dropped in here and there - we'll never know.
with Per Boysen and Bernhard Wagner - (45:07 min, 43 MB)
Oct. 22, 2006 live during the Y2K6 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA
with Michael Bearpark and Bernhard Wagner - (59:52 min, 57 MB)
Oct. 22, 2006, 'backstage' during the Y2K6 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA
with Bernhard Wagner & anonymous ninjammers - (70:31 min, 67.7 MB)
Oct. 20, 2006, rehearsal for the Y2K6 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA