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Arcadia Codesmith

Ever played in a marching band? It's a real challenge to coordinate musicians who are only half a football field apart, much less half a world.

There are technical constraints that make it impossible to coordinate musicians in the way you suggest, barring some crazy breakthrough in quantum entanglement computing.

For the foreseeable future, we're stuck with "daisy chain" jamming, where each musician layers their work over the preceding and passes the stream to the next. It works pretty well, with the drawback that the first musician in the chain can't hear any of the others, the second can only hear the first, etc.

There are virtual bands in Second Life that do just that. Check out "Unresolved" if you ever get a chance, just to name one.

Jose Squeegee

This is so cool! I think Engrama has been doing some multi-musician online performances with another guy in Second Life.

elsbeth writer

Hmmm...I believe this has been happening for years in SL. I have attended many concerts inworld where the performers were in different locations in the real world. Different countries even! Of course you don't see the RL person, just their avatars together. But they are perfectly in sync because they share the same streaming program.

Or is what you're talking about something different?

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