The JackTrip Foundation is a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to advancing technologies to enable music collaboration over the Internet, and to facilitate the creation of music that transcends distance constraints.
The Covid-19 pandemic has tragically closed down many musical activities around the world, devastating musicians and music organizations alike. Unlike many business functions, which have pivoted quickly to Internet collaboration tools, the time delay inherent in Internet transmissions have precluded musicians from being able to make a similar transition online.
The mission of the JackTrip Foundation is to make the performance of music over the Internet feasible and accessible to everyone. By utilizing existing and newly-developed technologies aimed at reducing latency, the Foundation plans to develop and operate a music collaboration cloud service which will allow musicians to rehearse, perform and collaborate in real time over common Internet connections.
JackTrip is a free, open source program authored by Chris Chafe and Juan Pablo Caceres at Stanford University. Many musicians use JackTrip because it was made for professional-quality sound and low latency, because it works with existing hardware and does not require any financial investment, and because its developers and others have created a supportive community around it.
Stanford professor Chris Chafe, Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA - ccrma.standford.edu), originator and co-developer of the JackTrip software to reduce latency in audio transmissions over the Internet, allowing musicians to collaborate in real time.
Stanford CCRMA is a research center, studying areas of audio and technology including musical composition, computer music, physical modeling, audio signal processing, sound recording and reproduction, psychoacoustics, acoustics, music information retrieval, audio networking, and spatial sound. The center houses academic courses for Stanford students as well as seminars, small interest group meetings, summer workshops and colloquia for the broader community. Concerts of computer and experimental music are presented regularly throughout year.
All communications create latency as it takes time for a sound to travel across distance. When making a sound, the further away you are from someone, the longer it takes to be heard.
JackTrip has found a way to help minimize latency when communicating through the internet. Learn how latency works, how to minimize it, and the different types of models available to connect with each other.