Virtual Jams: August 2020 – ???

The next virtual jam is on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm, Pacific time.

The meeting link/passcode will be posted here on Friday the 25th.

Until the pandemic threat is over, Slower Than Dirt is moving to a virtual teleconferencing jam on the fourth Saturday of the month, between 2pm and 4pm Pacific Time.

The technology to be used for these virtual jams is still being decided on, but it will be something which has decent audio quality and security, and which works across as many device platforms as possible. For the first jam I’m going to be using Zoom and Jamulus, disconnected from each other — that is, I’ll be sending to both simultaneously, but people on the Zoom call won’t hear anyone from the Jamulus session. In the future I hope to be able to link the two, and to experiment with using Jitsi instead of Zoom.

The link and/or password for the month’s jam will be posted on this page and to the Facebook event page the day before, to lower the risk of trolls finding and interrupting the jam. If you haven’t participated in one of these before, how it works is that when you join the jam, you may start off muted. If we’re playing a tune, you won’t be able to un-mute yourself, because conferencing apps just don’t work for playing together in sync. The tune leader (which for Slower Than Dirt will be Josh on fiddle and an iPad providing accompaniment) is the only one who can be heard during a tune, so you will be able to hear yourself and the tune leader, but nobody else. Between tunes, everyone will be un-muted so we can talk to each other.

These jams might be recorded and posted to Youtube; I’ll warn/ask participants before turning the recording on, though, and I can edit out the chat between tunes before posting it.

Tunes to be played at this jam can be found on the front page of this site, or in the description of the corresponding Facebook event.

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