Who is Cyborg Llama for?
any musician, any ensemble; any teacher, any student
isolate tough spots in your ensemble music to record and evaluate yourself over and over
record alongside colleagues, then export synced combined videos as a complete virtual ensemble
send students "play-along" or duet tracks (or both!) to record alongside
Your Virtual Ensemble Maker and Rehearsal Tool
Cyborg Llama is a web app for asynchronous music-making.
Use it for yourself, with colleagues, or your students.
Make a virtual ensemble up to 200 people without any editing.
Customize a click-track with tempo changes and ritards and accelerandos.
Drill tricky passages in your sonata, ensemble, or solo music.
How Does it Work?
Works on any laptop/desktop/Chromebook (it does not work on iPads, tablets, surfaces, or mobile devices) with an accessible camera and microphone.
Use a recent version of either Firefox or Chrome.
You'll just need wired headphones, and a Google Account without Family Link enabled.
Oh, and you'll need to push the record button.
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Ready to try it for yourself?
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demo of performance
excerpt from an arrangement of Ode to Joy (arr. Manookian/Arnhold)
demo of performance
excerpt from York Bowen's Viola Quartet
Who We Are
We are the brother/sister creators of Cyborg Llama.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the USA in March 2020, Joelle needed to find a way to move her youth orchestras online. Finding no satisfactory option that would continue to support young musicians in ensemble-skill acquisition, she complained to Garrett.
Garrett made Cyborg Llama.
Since then, not only have Joelle's orchestras (ages 6-14) used CL to learn and prepare ensemble repertoire, but also conservatory students, university faculty, freelance musicians, and members of professional orchestras have used Cyborg Llama to make music.
What People are Saying
Cyborg Llama is easy, efficient, fun, and rewarding. It's true:
"I think it's really fun to get to be in an orchestra while in quarantine and be able to use an app like this to make it easier! I also love playing my viola with other people"
CK, orchestra student
"Cyborg Llama is awesome! It's super easy to use and my kid really likes being able to play along with the teacher track. When it's time for him to make his own recording, he can have as many tries as he likes. As a parent, I love that I don't have to be involved in his practice/recording--he's 8 and can do it 100% on his own. Yay!"
"Cyborg Llama is an intuitive learning tool which my 12 year old finds easy to use. The practice mode allows her to keep trying until she perfects the piece. The individual mode gives her the opportunity to record and playback the music and evaluate how it blends with the other pre-recorded work. Overall an excellent tool for all musicians."
"Recording and remote collaborating is quick and easy!"
Mark Janello, faculty Peabody Conservatory
"I think Cyborg Llama is super easy to use. You can listen back to yourself in Practice Mode and easily correct your mistakes. It sounds awesome when everything is put together and it's super fun"
SK, orchestra student
SV, orchestra parent
"This app makes remote collaboration easy and accessible. It also works seamlessly with external microphones so that you can easily use the app for casual and professional projects alike."
"CL is an amazing app which gives musicians of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the experience of orchestra at the convenience of their homes"
Gavon Peck, freelance violist
LN, orchestra parent