Throughout the 2020 lockdown Ocean has grown a global base of 1000+ members & has facilitated world wide jam sessions from all corners of the earth. During a time where friends and normal life feel distant, seeing people expressing themselves & being 'along together' using a tool i've created has been incredibly rewarding.
My MSci research at Goldsmiths explored technical & design approaches to remote collaborative music making. I created a series of prototypes and workshops & found that roles naturally emerge when people jam together remotely and people have more fun when creating together.
Ocean has been iterated over the last few years since graduating as a beloved side project. I collaborate with two friends (who work in design & music) to design new features and market the platform. Our aim is to build an accessible simple way to make music & break down the barriers associated with electronic music production
By speaking to beginners & experienced DAW users, we found that the infinite options & steep learning curve of DAWs means starting out is off-putting & even experienced producers can get 'stuck in the loop'. Meaning millions of musical ideas stay marooned in minds & hard-drives around the world.
We leverage the magic of the modern web platform to create am experience which anyone can access, on any device or OS. The Web Audio API provide a solid base to explore really cool Audio projects on the web. These tools have sparked a new lease of creative life on the web creates a perfect storm for projects like Ocean.
Fun, Fast & Simple are Ocean's core design principles. We focus on emoji & minimal text to allow Ocean to be used by as many people as possible. Complex digital music concepts are boiled down to simple and fun controls, for instance loops can be stretched across 1 / 2 / 4 / 8 bars in one click.
The main session view is built for collaboration, focusing on the main sequencer. Friends are added to the session simply by sharing the project URL and all changes to the session are synced and saved in real time. When working live, users tend to jam and make explore a lot of ideas in a short amount of time.
Our ever-growing Creative Commons sound library gives people the building blocks they need to start making music. After building a few beats, users can then arrange them into a full track and post it to their profile to share it with friends. Our focus on speed lets you hit the site, make some music & share it all in one place, super fast.
We're now prototyping a new set of social and musical features for Ocean with our most engaged early users & launching a series of collaborations with a range of other brilliant music groups/charities/projects.