I posted on this before, but I’ve now been contacted by someone involved in the 2006 workshop. It made my day today. The workshop next year is in Amsterdam I’m told, and I think I’ll do my best to attend it. More on this soon.
I read some of the materials from this site. It is quite academic, and really aimed at simple end applications for mass markets. Not that that is a bad thing of course.
One of the applications discusses mobile music making collaboratively. I’ve always liked the idea of real time collaboration using mobile media. There was an interesting proof of concept on the Bhajis Garden site (click the title for the link).
The idea was to have a bluetooth transport within Bhajis Loops that would allow users to collaborate and interact. Sadly this never made it into a build of Bhajis Loops.
But would people use it? Is it a killer app? I don’t think so. I just can’t see how it would work, especially with essentially non-musical types. If it was a killer app then people would have found a way to do it already.
This sounds like it might have been a very interesting event to be at. In hindsight I should have made the effort and tried to get along to it, but never mind.
Although schoolarly I find it intriguing as to the academic directions that are being taken in mobile music making, and in fact the sheer number of people involved.
In many ways it represents an opportunity to encourage interest in the palm platform as a mobile music OS.
I think I shall be digging in more detail into this site and doing a bit of networking at the same time.