SoundLab Play Space: LoopTree

I asked LoopTree to come along to the SoundLab Play Space and was so happy that they said yes. I’d never met Ed from Coding Cod Ltd (the makers of LoopTree), but now that I have I can tell you that he’s an awesome guy and was a real star at the Play Space.

LoopTree seemed to have a constant stream of people having a play with looping, including Chris who came back 5 times I think!

Ed and LoopTree were a part of our App Zone, which we had to slightly rename the Apple App Zone as it turns out that there are no promo codes for Google Android apps! I only found that out recently and was quite surprised to be honest. That’s probably a discussion for a different day anyway.

The App Zone ended up being a very busy space in the end, and we managed to give out a huge number of promo codes for apps which were very generously given to us by kind developers. I’ll be thanking each of you in separate posts.

However, for now, I’d like to say a big thank you to Ed for his app, for coming along to SoundLab’s Play Space and for being awesome. I really hope that both I and Heart n Soul get the chance to work with you again.

If you don’t know LoopTree, then check it out on the app store. Think of it as a combination between Samplr and Loopy. What’s more, it’s on sale at the moment, and down from $11.99 to $6.99.

SoundLab Play Space: So, Why NESTA?

It occurred to me not everyone would know either who NESTA are, nor why it was a good place for the SoundLab Project to be.

Well the SoundLab project itself was made up of a number of organisations and was funded by NESTA (The National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). So it made a lot of sense to have our event right there.

SoundLab Play Space: Making Sure that everyone knows what everything is

Not only was it a big day overall, but it we had a lot of people, staff, volunteers and people from all the technology companies we’d invited for the day. So it was important to make sure that everyone knew who was where and what needed doing where etc.

This was our chat space where Justin had a series of interesting talks with a wide range of people including NESTA’s Tim Plyming, an Tim Exile as well.

This was our serious play space which was where you could come up and play on instruments in a band that sounded great irrespective of your musical experience or expertise. It took a long time to get the pop up band (as we call it) working the way we wanted it, but now that it is it’s a great way to get almost anyone up and enjoying making a sound very quickly.

Getting set up for the SoundLab Play Space

The Play Space was a big event. We had a lot of different technology companies there and a lot of different performances talks and more. It was big. Big and complicated too, but it was worth it.

Just above you can see School of Noise (expect to hear a lot about them from me in the coming weeks) getting set up. They had some amazing gear with them, from littleBits to Ototo to MFOS, to coconuts (yes you read that correctly). More of them soon enough though.

This was our tech zone or market place, depending on who you were talking to, and, you might remember the gentlemen from Studio Amplify who were at the event and showing NOiZE.

And here’s Mr Concretedog who came down to help on the day with Bare Conductive Pads and lots more besides.

On the other side of that space we had SubPac with their awesome speaker systems. Again, more of them soon enough.

Expect some stuff about the SoundLab Play Space

I mentioned yesterday that I was going to start posting a load of stuff about the SoundLab Play Space event that happened on Wednesday of this week, but I didn’t get around to it and so it didn’t happen.

Today is going to be different, and, at the very least I’ll be posting a few things about the day and how it went.

The first couple of pictures above were just the entry space to where we were holding the event at NESTA’s offices. In fact they’re pretty nice offices and a very good location, so we were lucky to be able to use the venue.

This was our signage directing people around the space itself.

So that’s just a starter, there’ll be more on here today showing how the event went and also who was there and what they were showing.

I wanted to say a think a big thank you to Erik

Following on from my earlier post about Movember I just noticed what Erik had tweeted a while back from his app sale that he very kindly held to raise money for my campaign. He’s a very kind chap. Here’s what it looked like …


So you can see it was pretty amazing.

If you don’t know about Erik’s apps, then you should take a look at them, they’re all pretty amazing. The app he put on sale was STRNG, but he also has the amazing nils, Shapesynth, Voice Bot, E-l-s-a, Svärm, Brother, and there are many more besides. His apps are totally underrated in my view and I think a lot more people should take a look. That’s a personal opinion of course.

Anyway, you should also check out his twitter page and website. Both are awesome.

Also, for the month of Movember, he changed his twitter logo to this …

How amazing is that?

It’s the last few days for my Movember campaign!

I know that you’ve spent everything in the Black Friday sales and that you’ve gorged yourself and hopefully have expelled all your G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome for those who don’t know). But, it is still Movember! And I’d like you to still try and do something to support it.

I doesn’t matter if you support me Movember or someone else. It doesn’t matter at all, it’s just important to do.

So if you’d like to support me in this then just click here, and make a donation, or indeed, just donate to someone else’s campaign. If you can’t do either, then please tweet or post or whatever else you can. It’s all good, it all helps!

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