I’ve had a couple of disappointing setbacks lately. The electronic music community that I was so sure existed, doesn’t seem to be quite as large as I would have hoped on IU’s campus. I’ve made some good connections so far, but I think I was a little bit too confident that I would be able to find a general population of “conventional” amateur electronic musicians to observe and work with.
I’ve also learned that I was turned down for the Reason Rewire developer’s license. I was confused with this, as it’s a “free” technology, and I am authorized on Propellerhead’s website as a “Reason Developer”, but apparently they are not able to allow work on Rewire in an educational context…. very odd. They blame legal issues, but I wonder why they are not working towards allowing this given that they are trying to push Reason into the education market.
So… now I’m sort of back to square one. I’m not so sure that I’m going to be able to do an effective collaborative interface without being able to interface directly with the DAW software. I could keep going down the “virtual midi” device route (where you route the shared midi sections from Frogjam back into Reason). However, I think this method will be very prone to timing errors, and would feel a little too “klugey” for most artists to use.
In the end, I’m going to have to validate my design based off the group of people I observe. I’m not sure where that path will lead, but I’m hoping I can find some aspect of composition or performance to improve or streamline.