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DIY: Online Music Collaboration

Collaboration software developer Raveta has released Audio Fabric, a service that enables musicians to play together live over the internet using any type of instrument -- acoustic, electric, MIDI, or voice. Musicians in different locations play together as if they are in the same room using their ordinary broadband connections. Audio Fabric also enables musicians to find each other, record their sessions, archive them, and make them available for download. Using downloaded software, musicians not only can record their sessions, they can also import the sessions into music editing software, participate in an unlimited number of groups and invite other musicians to join the groups they create, store session files, download music files, and use calendaring and message forums to communicate within their groups. <>

"Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you":

An addendum, this item that shows how far back the dream goes.

Duet In The Fast Lane
Smart Computing ~ Tech News
January 1994

The first traffic on the interactive, intercontinental highway was music to the ears — literally.

Recently a demonstration was held in Brussels, Belgium, in which musicians in the United States and Belgium played a duet over phone lines with compact disc-quality sound.

Leaders of the European Economic Community (EEC), as well as telecommunications, software, and entertainment executives from the United States, Europe, and Asia, came to lend an ear to the phones of the future.

The music was passed over special phone lines called ISDN, or Integrated Services Digital Network, that use a special compression technology.

What the industry leaders heard was music by songwriter Alfred Johnson along with singer-songwriter Sara Messenger in the United States and singer/BBC television series composer Daniel Cainer along with guitarist David Szetela in Belgium. They played "That's What She Like," and "On The Underground." The big finale included rounds of
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Frere Jacques."

The performance was staged to show how existing phone and software technologies could be useful for consumers. Musicians could audition over intercontinental networks. Consumers could dial up concerts and tele-jukeboxes, which would allow them to hear new releases, obscure local artists, or hard-to-find classics.