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MAGFest presents "Jamspace" at PAX East

NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
edited May 2010 in PAX Archive
The good people from MAGFest, the Music And Gaming Festival, will be providing a Jamspace at PAX east this year.

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What is Jamspace?
Jamspace is an area where anyone who has any idea how to play an instrument is invited to come up and play music, and anyone who doesn't is invited to watch. The main focus is usually video game music, so you're guaranteed to hear classic stuff that you know and love all weekend.

What equipment is provided?
Almost everything you could ever need. We provide the lighting, amps, guitars, basses, pianos, and drums, and then you provide the talent. You're welcome to bring your own instrument as well. We don't have any violins or saxophones or the like, so when someone brings one of those in, it always gives an unexpectedly awesome result.

Who's allowed to play?
Anyone. Can you play some stuff on the piano? Go ahead. Do you have a backing track that you'd like to play guitar over? Be our guest. Are you in a full band that wants to play a mini set? The stage is yours. Do you want to meet other musicians and jam with them? Jam away.

This can't possibly end with good results...
You'd be surprised! MAGFest has had a Jamspace at itself for the past 3 years, and provided a jamspace for other conventions as well. Musicians always seem to find a way to come out of the woodwork and entertain everyone. Here are some great examples:
Random OCRemix people Toe Jammin' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYxwYMS6t3s
PrinceOfDarkness showing off a Sonic 3 arrangement he wrote - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-w66HI7tC0
Final Fantasy 6 piano solo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFhN1qUSz00
This Place is Haunted Playing as a full band - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egEDXZSj3p8

Holy shit that's awesome
Yeah it is. Jamspace will be going the whole weekend at PAX east, so make sure to stop by and enjoy (or make!) some music.


The Jamspace at PAX East is provided by MAGFest, which is a video game music festival hosted just outside Washington, DC. The 9th annual MAGfest will be January 13-16, 2011.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited December 2009
    Holy crap, if my cousin ends up coming, I'm sure he'll spend the bulk of his weekend doing this.

  • heelsheels Registered User
    edited December 2009
    Dont forget! Metroid Metal who played at PAX this past year first came together at Jamspace!

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  • That_Spoony_BardThat_Spoony_Bard Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Holy crap indeed. I'd love to watch and participate in this.

  • KirkKirk Registered User
    edited December 2009
    Hey guys, check out my 60 minute jazz funk fusion break down of level 3 from Legendary Wings!

  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User
    edited December 2009
    This sounds like it'll be a blast.

    Now to find a way to bring my accordion without having to lug it around the con all day...

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  • ArcoArco Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    ... Holy shit. Real drumming at PAX?

    I'm really going to have to start practicing my 8 and 16-bit drum parts and get them tight before March!

    Also, I have to say that this is phenomenal idea. I'm really in love with it, and I've never even experienced a MAGfest show or Jamspace before. Way to go, guys. Way to raise the bar.

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    This is actually the best PAX idea I've ever heard.

    I mean, I don't really care about video game music to any meaningful level, but any impromptu jam session is good in my book.

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    For those of you interested in playing, it might be a good idea to start throwing out some song ideas so you can have an idea of who you might be jamming with and be a little more prepared to play stuff.

  • RicinRicin Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Hey man cool you guys are headed to beantown. You guys at Magfest are really making a name for yourselves. You even got a mention in Game informer on their release calender.

    Keep up the good work, maybe you can get out of new year's day weekend and I can actually go to MAGFEST.

    Ricin

  • Mr SpatulaMr Spatula Registered User
    edited January 2010
    The other week I was just jamming out to some Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger songs on harmonium accompanied by guitar and bass. If anyone else currently lives in the Boston area and wants to cover songs from these games (or others) give me a shout!

  • runethomasrunethomas Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I'm a bass player, started playing back in 98ish (I'm 24 out of western mass.)
    I haven't picked it up in a few years though, after checking out jamspace it makes me want to start up again.

  • binary1230binary1230 Registered User
    edited January 2010
    (Disclaimer: I'm the Magfest music guy organizing this room.)

    Songs I want to play with everyone:
    - Cave Story - running hell
    - Anything from FF6
    - New Super Mario Wii Athletic Theme
    - And, /everything/ from Chrono Trigger, like all in a row back to back or something. seriously. yes. we can do it in 20 minutes.

    Bringing some weird gizmos so we can do some of this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9qOu-YXWBM#t=2m14s
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSJXJ_WeyZQ#t=1m20s
    and
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPJRNDWXAXY

    I want someone to bring:
    - dijiridu for Kefka's theme
    - freaking accordion for some zelda 64 song of storms
    - sax for some cowboy bebop, real folk blues
    - bongos for katamari damacy main theme
    - some kind of vocoder/autotune VST-ish thing for Still Alive from portal

    Man this has got me thinking that we need to do a radio broadcast with some improv videogame music stuff before PAX East to get everyone in the mood...

    I, for one, am WAY PUMPED that we get to do this. Get ready.

    EDIT: Woah. It embedded everything. Neato.

  • runethomasrunethomas Registered User
    edited January 2010
    So I guess I have to start learning some bass lines :D

    Things I'd like to try

    Zanarkand theme
    Anything chronotrigger
    Anything FF related

    If anyone remembers Secret of evermore I'd like to try some stuff there too

    ah and there's a ton of other stuff too lol

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I think it's time i started brushing up on my chrono trigger, but I only know solo piano arrangements, so i don't know how well it would work with other people playing with me.

  • mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I have not forgotten about this. I told my musician buddy all about this and I hope he
    decides to come to PAX East.

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  • Blackbeard7Blackbeard7 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    This sounds like a blast. I'll definatley be checking it out. Need to refresh myself on some mega man tunes on my guitar so I can play with some of you folks!

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  • krztovkrztov Registered User
    edited January 2010
    ill definitely check this out, I write electronic music so seeing those synths in the photo peaked my interest. :)

    now to learn some videogame tunes.

  • runethomasrunethomas Registered User
    edited January 2010
    hmm thinking about cool songs that would translate well in the real world, thinking about maybe this song

    breath of fire II "crisis"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfS5XGjoKb4&feature=related

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    runethomas wrote: »
    hmm thinking about cool songs that would translate well in the real world, thinking about maybe this song

    breath of fire II "crisis"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfS5XGjoKb4&feature=related

    oof, who's good at slap bass?

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I own this thing and I'm bringing it up with me. Who wants to take a whack at making some SWEET SYNTH BEATS.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited February 2010
    Guys, jamspace is going to be awesome.

  • binary1230binary1230 Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Btw this was Jamspace at Magfest at about 5am:

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    CANT WAIT. One month to go!

  • AhkhiraAhkhira Registered User
    edited February 2010
    This kinda makes me wish I wasn't working... Jazz anyone?

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  • JonnyNeroJonnyNero Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    There better be a freaking repeat of this at prime

  • Ozzkev55Ozzkev55 Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Count me in for anything. I'm a bassist, with a long-time itch to cover VG tunes

  • HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I'd love to learn how to play some musical instruments, great stuff.

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  • SoxFan13SoxFan13 Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I can pretty much play from any chart (on piano). Do people generally bring music for others, or is it a BYOM kind of deal?

  • o the afermatho the afermath Registered User
    edited March 2010
    There is no way... I will gladly play guitar or mix music!

  • NoisymunkNoisymunk Let's go down to the beach. Rhode IslandRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I play drums. I like to jam. I'm adding my sticks to my list of things to bring to pax and getting very excited to throw down with all of you.

  • chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    This will be great!

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  • AhkhiraAhkhira Registered User
    edited March 2010
    should I bring my flute or not?

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  • AhkhiraAhkhira Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Consider it packed. It's actually small enogh to carry around.

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  • Mike TooleMike Toole Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I've seen this deal at Otakon-- there's a signup sheet for jam times that fills the hell up FAST. Hoping to swing by for a late-nite jam at some point, though. I play guitar and trombone. Still have my ancient student t-bone, but it's a little busted (sticks in 5th position) and I need practice. Might bring it (perfect for ska cover of the Tetris theme), might not.

    Can we plug our own stuff into the mixer? I have DS-10 for the Nintendo DS, and have programmed up a bunch of tunes for that.

  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Yeah absolutely. Same thing if you want to have a backing track from any other device, or bring your own guitar or bass.

  • AhkhiraAhkhira Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Trombone? AWESOME!!!!!! Impromptu orchestra anyone? I may be able to find sheet music for Final Fantasy...

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  • jescoolmanjescoolman Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I'm an electric violinist and music producer from Connecticut. I will absolutely be at jam space! I suppose it's small enough to lug around. Maybe I'll bring the computer too for beats...

    Any other string players?

  • desdinovadesdinova Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I played bass clarinet for years but I wouldn't be able to get my chops back up before PAX. I'll probably bring some toys though. Hope you boys can handle the power of the SHAKERINE.

    wat
  • kaleeditykaleedity Sometimes science is more art than science Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    This would be so awesome but my bass trombone would be too much of a pain in the ass to lug on a train+planeride there, not to mention I'd pretty much be relying on people to bring me sheet music as I don't have a modicum of talent for improvisation.

    I'll be showing up regardless.

  • binary1230binary1230 Registered User
    edited March 2010
    So I dug up my old songlists from forever ago, this is from years ago so it's way outdated, this list is WAY small.

    All I'm saying is that I want another inspector gadget jam like we did at AUSA. (Saxaphone guy: If you can hear this, come to PAX. Please.)

    BANJO KAZOOIE
    - MUMBO'S HUT
    - TREASURE TROVE COVE
    - CASTLE MUSIC (GRUNTILDA'S THEME)


    CASTLEVANIA
    - CLOCK TOWER
    - BLOODY TEARS


    CAVE STORY
    - MAIN THEME (PLANTATION THEME)
    - GRASSTOWN
    - MOONSONG (SORTA)


    CHRONO CROSS
    - UNSTOLEN JEWEL (OR WHATEVER IT'S REALLY CALLED)
    SCARS OF TIME
    - ((OTHERS? MAYBE?))


    CHRONO TRIGGER
    - CHRONO'S THEME
    - 600 AD
    - MILLENIAL FAIR
    - THE END OF TIME
    - SPECCIO
    - THE TRIAL
    - SEWERS
    - FROG'S THEME
    - ROBO'S THEME
    - LUCCA'S THEME
    - MAGUS'S THEME
    - BATTLE MUSIC
    - WORLD REVOLUTION (LAVOS 2ND/LAST BATTLE)
    ((LOTS MORE))


    DUCKTALES
    - THE MOON


    F-ZERO
    - BIG BLUE


    FINAL FANTASY IV
    - MAIN MAP THEME
    - ((OTHER BATTLE/ETC STUFF.))


    FINAL FANTASY VI
    - AIRSHIP (WORLD OF RUIN)
    - OVERWORLD MAP (TERRA'S THEME)
    - FIGARO CASTLE
    - MAIN FF THEME
    - CHOCOBO
    - DARYL'S THEME (SAD AIRSHIP SONG)
    - BOSS BATTLE
    - ((TONS MORE, PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.))


    FINAL FANTASY VII
    - MAIN THEME
    - AERIS
    - TIFA


    FINAL FANTASY X
    - ZANARKAND
    - BATTLE MUSIC
    - ((OTHER STUFF))


    KATAMARI DAMACY
    - MAIN THEME
    - KATAMARITAINO (TRACK #14)


    KIRBY'S DREAMLAND
    - BOTH SMASH BROS SONGS

    STAR TROPICS - MAIN THEME


    LEGEND OF ZELDA
    - MAIN SONG
    - GERUDO VALLEY
    - WINDMILL
    - SARIA'S SONG
    - TAL TAL HEIGHTS (LINK'S AWAKENING, GAMEBOY)
    - THE SONG OF STORMS
    - ZELDA II DUNGEON
    - ((WAY MORE THAN I LIST HERE))


    MARIO
    - ORIGINAL NES THEME
    - MARIO 64 MAIN LEVEL MUSIC
    - MARIO 64 UNDERWATER MUSIC
    - MARIO WORLD MAIN LEVEL
    - MARIO WORLD DUNGEON
    - MARIO WORLD END MUSIC
    - MARIO 2 - MAIN THEME


    MEGAMAN
    - STORM EAGLE
    - DR. WILY


    SECRET OF MANA
    - OPENING


    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
    - EMERALD COAST (SONIC ADVENTURE)
    - STARLIGHT ZONE
    - ANGEL ISLAND
    - SONIC 3 LEVEL SELECT
    - SPRING YARD ZONE
    - ICECAP ZONE


    YOSHI'S ISLAND
    - MAIN THEME
    - CASTLE MUSIC


    Random Anime Stuff
    COWBOY BEBOP
    - REAL FOLK BLUES


    LUPIN III
    - CASTLE CAGLIOSTRO OPENING
    - MAIN THEME

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