Few years ago, MusicianLink co-founder and CEO, David Willyard, was working from his San Jose home with a Los Angeles-based singer on some guitar arrangements via speakerphone. The audio quality of the session was poor and the sound delay rendered playing “together” at the same time impossible.
Having worked at several Silicon Valley networking and computer companies, David assumed that it should be technically possible for musicians to "play" over the Internet with minimal delay. He also assumed that someone, somewhere, had had the same idea and that a tool for online music collaboration already existed.
His search for these tools led to Chris Chafe (picture) - composer, cellist, music reseacher and director of Stanford University's CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Chris demonstrated his high-quality, real-time Internet audio streaming technology and proved music could be performed among many sites, even planet-wide.
The two agreed the time was right for the next step: bring the technology out of the lab and into the mainstream. They formed Musician Link to provide commercially-available, user-friendly tools allowing musicians and others to collaborate and jam over the Internet as if in the same physical space.
This resulted is a social network that connects musicians using MusicianLink's proprietary jamLink interface to collaborate on-line. Interesting or what?
Why can't we use our existing gear to effectively play over the Internet? How does your hardware box solve these problems?
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