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Published June 1, 2014 | Version v1
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WIJAM: A Mobile Collaborative Improvisation Platform under Master-players Paradigm


Music jamming is an extremely difficult task for musical novices. Trying to extend this meaningful activity, which can be highly enjoyable, to a larger recipient group, we present WIJAM, a mobile application for an ad-hoc group of musical novices to perform improvisation along with a music master. In this ``master-players" paradigm, the master offers a music backing, orchestrates the musical flow, and gives feedbacks to the players; the players improvise by tapping and sketching on their smartphones. We believe that this paradigm can be a significant contribution to the possibility of music playing by a group of novices with no instrumental training leading to decent musical results.



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