Jam Lab is an open source recording project. You are invited to listen or get involved. Download any of our tracks, add new parts, and send us the new version. Have fun and take some risks.
The Jam Lab
An Open Source Recording Project

Last Update 2/22/2021

Live Jams
    Streaming Videos 2009    
Deep Creek, NC 2005-Present   Sugar Land, TX 2003-2005   Orlando, FL 1999-2003

Virtual jams from across the universe
Portland, OR   Tyler, TX   Minneapolis, MN
Gulf Breeze, FL   Dewitt, NY   Los Angeles, CA
Sweden UK   Chile Belize

Making music for the music.
Seeking creative artist willing to play on the EDGE - virtual cyber jams and live studio jams.
Must be progressive improviser. Influences include all Magna Carta type artist.
Recording sessions 2 hours per week at the Deep Creek entrance of the Smoky Mountains National Park
near Bryson City, NC USA or via the web.
Call 828-342-0755 OR EMAIL

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What is Jam Lab?

The Jam Lab is a non-profit open source music recording project. The music begins as a live power trio who meet once a week for two hours of recording. Sometimes we might have a fourth guest musician. We have no rules or leader. Sometimes one person starts a riff or groove and the others just jump in. Sometimes we discuss the chord changes and the groove and then go for it. Either way, it is sink or swim - live and raw. Most of our music is completely improvised. A few select jams have been slightly developed for live performances. Yes, we play out about 4 times a year.

The goal is not a perfect track or performance. The goal is to have fun making new spontaneous music. Sometimes good things happen and we post out takes from the longer original jam. The typical jam last 12-25 minutes! During the first 3 minutes of each jam we struggle to define the basic idea. We must listen and respond to the other musicians. The remainder of the track is our attempt to expand and experiment.

Who owns the rights to this music of the open source recording project?

The Jam Lab agrees to permit all non-profit uses of this music. You may download and share this music. You may not use this music or add new parts to this music for any "for profit" purposes without written permission. The Jam Lab will liscense the right to use this music for select "for profit" purposes. The Jam Lab retains all commercial rights in the form of equal profit shares between the original and latent musicians.

What is a cyberjam, virtualjam, or virtual track?

Anyone can download our music and record new parts. You can plan or improvise your new parts. You can add as many new parts as you like. Some folks add new guitar and keyboard parts. We hope you will share your contribution with us. If we like the new version, we will post it on our site.

Why do we do this?

We love playing music. We learn new things from other musicians. Some really good players took time to teach and inspire us. We now pass the torch to others. We also hope that you might enjoy this music and that alone is worth our time.

Who plays in JamLab?

The Jam Lab was started in 1999 by Robert Buick and Kurt Angel in Orlando, FL. We began as just guitar and drums and recorded to cassette tapes. Very early on Paco joined us on bass and we began 8 track digital recording to hard disk via Cubase.

When employment took Robert to Portland he was replaced by Jerry Bundy on guitar.

When employment took Jerry elsewhere, Peter Lauda joined us on guitar, keyboards, and guitar synth. Peter continues to develop Jam Lab Live, who perform in Orlando area clubs.

In 2003 employment took Kurt to Sugar Land, TX. Scott Moritz joined us on bass. Dani Vargas briefly joined us for a few weeks on guitar, on loan from Magistral (Houston, TX). Paul Nichols soon joined as our regular weekly guitarist. Danny Toffer and Ian Varley (Austin, TX) have both played keyboards on sessions.

In 2005 life and family took Kurt to Bryson City, NC. Bryson City has about 1,500 people. In 2009 long time friend Butch Gusto of Asheville, NC joined the fun. Shawna Solito will record sessions on loan from her working duo with her husband and drummer, Moose. Other area musicians will be invited as well when Shawna is not available.

Cyberjams, Virtualjam, Open Source Recording, FTP Recording Artists:

Tony Marsh, Hugh Ferguson, Derryl Gabel, Todd Madson, AlienSporeBomb, Steven Robinson, and Ronald van Deurzen

How do I share files with the Open Source Recording Project?

You can simply download files from this site. When you have a finished version of your track with The Jam Lab return it to us.