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Crossing boundaries: 16 year old metal fanatics playing with 60 year old blues guys

A couple of months ago Wikinomics co-blogger Lawrence Chen wrote about Riffworks, an online recording application that allows guitar players around the world to compose music in a collaborative fashion. I recently had an opportunity to chat with  Riffworks co-founder, Doug Wright, about Apple II classics, midi keybaords, and notator programs and how much the world of digital recording has evolved since then. Doug had a lot of insightful things says, but I found the tidbit below inspiring. He talked about how Riffworld (the collaboration site for Riffworks users) is breaking down musical barriers and giving rise to global, self-organized groups of guitar players that write new music together. 

Normally, if you are a guitar player and you want to play music with people, you put a classified ad out or you look for someone to jam with in your immediate environment.  It takes a lot of time and effort to set up schedules to play with other people and get together with all your gear, so you limit your search to only those people who are the best match for your age/taste/style/genre.

With online collaboration, finding other players is much easier, and so people are more flexible in their boundaries.  We have 16 year old metal fanatics playing with 60 year old blues guys and both are having a good time at it.  So we are not only crossing geographical boundaries, we are crossing generation gaps, genre rifts, style canyons, etc:)

Makes me want to restring my telecaster and start jamming. 


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TheWayoftheWeb » Musical matters to cheer the soul…
Oct 27, 2008 20:02

[...] believe I didn’t pick up on Riffworks. Fortunately there’s a good post about it on the Wikinomics blog by Anthony D Williams, which has a great quote about the free downloadable recording and software, the Riffworld [...]

Oct 31, 2008 4:35

riffworks opens up a whole new world where music is concerned.it enables folks to diversify into music genders that you normally wouldnt touch or dare go near to.the avenues to explore are endless and so exiting.i wouldnt be without riffworks thats for sure.

Jami Fidler
Apr 24, 2009 12:23

Riffworks and Riffworld have broken the barriers of musical artistry and borders. At riffworld we are one people without agenda. Music brings people together like nothing else can. Here all that matters is the music.

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