The video presents SoloJam, which allows a group of participants with little or no musical training to effectively play together in a "band-like" setting. It allows the participants to take turns playing solos made up of rhythmic pattern sequences. SoloJam provides a distributed system for conflict resolution between people taking turns in playing rhythmic solos. In order to resolve the conflict that arises when multiple people want to have control of the musical output, the current soloist would hold an auction into which other participants bid by proposing rhythmic patterns to play. The values of the bids are calculated through a utility function, where the two main variables are the hamming distance between the bidder’s rhythm and the soloist’s current rhythm, as well as the length of time that the soloist has been playing the solo. If the utility of a non-soloist’s rhythm would exceed that of the soloist’s rhythm, the non-soloist whose rhythm has the highest utility would continue as the soloist.
See also the new SoloJam video, here: vimeo.com/67205603
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