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Mobile Music in the Making 2017 is less than a month away

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I’ve known Matthias Krebs for a couple of years now. He’s been doing some really excellent work in education and research in our world. Now he’s organising this event which I’m really happy to be involved with.

Here are the details of the event, it would be great if you could make it along …

International Symposium “Mobile Music in the Making 2017” #mmm2017

Mobile Music in the Making is the first of what could be a regular annual event for mobile music in art, education, technology, science and social & cultural institutions.
Already the event has had more than 100 registrations and is almost full.

The main idea of the event is to bring people together who are deeply involved in the innovative development of the diverse practices of mobile music making. Eventually it should become a specific meeting point to discus and reflect on projects and work that is ongoing in the field of mobile music.

The goal is to have a place for deep discussions, find new collaborations and to meet new people. The event will be a creative space for enthusiasts, sound artists, music technologists, professional musicians, scientists, educators and developers exploring inspiration and creativity for their work in the field of music and mobile apps.

Details:

The symposium takes place between 10th and 11th March 2017 at the Berlin University of the Arts and is organised by the Research Centre for Mobile Music Making & App Music (RCAM). Since 2014, the RCAM has been developing a training regarding music with apps in the cultural education within the joint project (Touch:Music) with the Federal Academy Wolfenbüttel which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

A 2-day conference on music making with mobile music apps including sessions, talks, discussions and a keynote, a BarCamp, an openLINKjam and a performance.

The #MMM2017 is for those who are seeking an interactive exchange with others with regard to new musical forms, new apps, new hardware technology and innovative, expressive methods of sound making, performance and collaboration, musical and cultural education and many more. Interested parties of all disciplines are encouraged to participate; diverse and varied backgrounds often bring valuable eclectic elements into the collaborative mix.

You can find out more by checking out the MMM2017 web site.

I hope to see you there.

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In just under a month we’re running a Reaktor Hack Day with Native Instruments and you need to get involved

As I’m sure you’ll be aware I work with Heart n Soul, an amazing charity that works with people with learning disabilities. One of the main things I do there is bring innovative music technology companies of all sizes and shapes into Heart n Soul for our artists to test and give feedback on. As an aside, if you’re interested in being a part of that, let me know.

But right now I want to let you know about an event we’re running with Native Instruments next month.

Native Instruments have partnered with Heart n Soul and the London Music Hack Space to bring Reaktor builders a real test of their ensemble building skills. At the next Native Instruments London meet up on the 4th of December we’ll be running a hack day to build a Reaktor synth and an accompanying interface for Heart n Soul artists.

The challenge is in two parts; creating a synth for Heart n Soul using Reaktor, and also building a physical interface for the synth so it can be used by Heart n Soul artists. For the physical interface we’ve partnered with the London Music Hack Space, bringing their expertise into the mix.

In advance of the hack day we’ll be asking people to sign up to the challenge and form teams combining Reaktor builders and interface builders. On the day itself we’ll have teams working directly with artists from Heart n Soul to understand how they would like the synth and it’s interface to operate, giving key insights into how to build and design accessible musical instruments.

Of course there’ll be prizes too. Actually some pretty amazing prizes. More on that soon.

If this is something that interests you then watch this space as I’ll have details of how to sign up for the challenge very soon indeed.

It’s going to be a pretty amazing day, so get involved!

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Tomorrow we’re off to Loop, if you’re going to be there, please say Hi!

Ableton’s Loop summit starts on Friday this week and I’ll be there for the whole weekend with Heart n Soul presenting this workshop, and it would be great if you wanted to come along and find out more about what we do at Heart n Soul and, more importantly, how.

If you’re going to be around please say hello as it would be lovely to meet/catch up with as many people as possible.

Hope to see you this weekend.

 

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I don’t often tell you about academic events, but this one is quite different

The Designing Interfaces for Creativity Symposium really looks amazing. I wish that I could be there for the whole event, but sadly I can’t as it clashes with something else I’m doing, more about that later.

Designing Interfaces for Creativity combines a day of workshops with a second day of keynotes, panels and demos. Some of the workshops look really amazing, and I’m not sure how I’d choose between them.

  • Mini Oramics
  • Graphical Authoring of Interactive Applications with I-Score
  • Performing Sensory Cartographies
  • Autonomous Objects

It’s worth checking these out as they all look pretty amazing. You can read all about the entire event right here, and I’d suggest that if you want to go along you let them know as soon as possible.

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Seeing Blocs Wave at the Apple Store Covent Garden

I’m going to start by saying that I wish Apple would do a load more events like this! I think it would be awesome.

It was great to see Blocs Wave run a session on their app at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. The session itself was packed with a mix of people, some who had used the app, some who were seasoned music makers, and a fair number of people who had never done anything like this before.

Toby gave a great run through of both LaunchPad, and also Blocs Wave too. They explained music making on iOS brilliantly and allowed plenty of time for everyone to play, make music, and have fun. So please, let’s have more of this, much more!

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Who’s coming to the Beautiful Octopus Club? Pyka Loop!

You may not have heard of Pyka Loop before, their the maker of a rather amazing iPad app, that lets you create remarkable music from the sounds of the world around you.

Their app has big bold visuals and simple, intuitive interface. Pyka_loop is all about exploring new kinds of sound through experimentation & play. Which is also just about exactly what SoundLab is all about too.

With Pyka you can record, playback, loop, pitchshift and modulate any audio to spontaneously create compositions from the unlikeliest of sound sources. It’s a lot of fun for casual messing around, psychedelic street walks, live performance, one-man boogaloo … and the foundation of Pyka Loop’s much-loved looper courses for schools.

And our course they’re going to be with us tonight at the Beautiful Octopus Club, so come down and join us for an amazing event. Check out all the details here, and you can find out more about Pyka_loop on the app store too.

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Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club? AlpaSphere of course!

I’ve actually lost track of the number of events that I’ve used the AlphaSphere at. It’s a mainstay for SoundLab and we’ve loved it ever since we got it a couple of years ago. So it’s great to have them back again this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react to it. That’s always a great experience.

If you’ve never played with an AlphaSphere before you should definitely come to the Beautiful Octopus Club today, 7pm at the Royal Festival Hall. You’re going to love it. Check out the details on our Facebook page here.