Wijam: A mobile collaborative improvisation platform under master-players paradigm

Jun Qi Deng, Yu Kwong Kwok, Francis Chi Moon Lau, Hung Kwan Chen, Ho Cheung Ng, Yu Heng Liu

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Music jamming is an extremely difficult task for musical novices. Trying to extend this meaningful and highly enjoyable activity 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 argue 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jun 20144 Jul 2014


  • Mobile music making
  • Music collaboration
  • Social improvisation


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