Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club … SubPac!

If you don’t know SubPac then I can safely say that you really don’t know what you’re missing. Having tried it once before back at SoundLab’s NESTA PlaySpace event, I fell in love. It’s an amazing exprerience. So if you get a chance to try one out, take it! And guess what, you’ve got a chance to do just that at the Royal Festival Hall this Friday!

I’m very happy that SubPac are going to be with us at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday (9th of September) at the Royal Festival Hall from 7pm until midnight. Full details for the event are here, and you can find out more about SubPac and their amazing technology at their site here.

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club … School of Noise

Ever since I first met School of Noise almost a year ago now I’ve loved what they do and how they get people of all ages interested in sound. They really are an amazing group and the work that they do in exploring and experimenting with sound is awesome.

I’m very happy that they’re going to be with us at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday (9th of September) at the Royal Festival Hall from 7pm until midnight. Full details for the event are here, and you can find out more about the School of Noise at their page at Palm Sounds, and at their own site which has details of all their upcoming events.

Hope to see you on Friday!

It’s going to be a busy week this week, here’s what I’ve got on my list for this week

There’s a lot happening this week, so I thought it would be worth talking about what’s coming up so that you don’t miss anything. Here’s what I’ve got on my list for this week.

  • Tomorrow, the 6th: Fluxpad launches – I posted about Fluxpad the other day and you can expect it tomorrow, which is great as I think we’ve been waiting for this a long time.
  • Wednesday, the 7th: Apple launches the iPhone 7, and maybe we’ll see them say goodbye to the venerable headphone jack. Who knows. I’m sure all will be revealed on Wednesday.
  • Friday, the 9th: Roland have a lot in store apparently. According to them they’ve got 30 new products and services to tell us about on 909 day!
  • Friday, the 9th: Of course what’s more is that on Friday the 9th we’ll have the Beautiful Octopus Club and SoundLab at the Royal Festival Hall. If you can come along then I’d love to see you there, and do say hello.

So it’s a busy week, will it be good news or sadness on Wednesday? Who knows! Either way you can celebrate or commiserate with us on Friday at the Beautiful Octopus Club at the Festival Hall.

Who’s going to be at the Beautiful Octopus Club on Friday …

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I’ve mentioned it before, but expect to hear a fair amount about the Beautiful Octopus Club over the next few days and we count down to Friday the 9th of September. In the next few days I wanted to mention a few of the people you can expect to see at the BOC this year on the fifth floor of the Royal Festival Hall.

This year we have a bigger SoundLab presence than any before and so much to try out and play with that you’re going to want a lot more than one evening to do it in. But BOC will only be there for one night, on the 9th. So please do come along.

For today I want to let you know about one of the great companies we’re going to have with us on Friday the 9th. I plan to tell you about them one at a time, but by the end of the week you’ll know exactly who to expect.

Let’s start with someone amazing. On Friday we’ll have Ableton with us showing Push 2 and making some great sounds. Of course the mobile music world is no stranger to Ableton as we now rely so heavily on Link for so much/

It’s great that we’ll have Ableton with us for the Beautiful Octopus Club this year. The fifth floor of the Festival Hall is going to be a great place to be on Friday. Come along, try stuff out and play. I’m looking forward to see you there.

It’s not long to wait now …

I’ve posted about it before and you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon enough. The Beautiful Octopus club is coming on the 9th of September. I posted about it here before, and if you’re interested in showing your music technology there, read this then get in touch.

If you’re planning to come along then please say hi!

It’s 4 weeks to go until the Beautiful Octopus Club!

I posted about this a little while ago, but now it’s coming up very fast indeed. As I said the last time I posted about it, I’ve been involved in Heart n Soul’s Beautiful Octopus Club for a few years now. This year the club is bigger and better than ever, so if you can make it along I think you’ll have a brilliant night out.

Every year Heart n Soul takes over the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank and turns it into the most amazing club night for people with learning disabilities. This year the Beautiful Octopus Club is on the 9th of September from 7pm until midnight and it is open to all. There’s no tickets, no entrance free, and everyone is welcome.

This year there’s loads going on over 3 floors with 6 stages, 2 dance floors, 20 acts performing, 9 DJ crews, 11 Taking Part areas and on the 5th floor there’s going to be the biggest SoundLab ever.

 

If you’d like to know more about it then feel to get in touch with me.

Contact details here.

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I visited the Museum of Portable Sound and it was totally amazing, now you need to book a visit

This is something I’d wanted to do for a while, ever since I’d heard of the museum. If you’ve never heard of the Museum of Portable Sound then I’d urge you to check out their web site as it’s amazing, but in no way prepares you for the completely delightful experience of the museum itself.

I visited just a few days ago. I met John (Director and Chief Curator) on the South Bank at a coffee shop and we spent a considerable amount of time talking about sound and audio and found that we had a lot in common.

The experience of the museum itself was fantastic. I’m not sure that I can really express just how great this was. The museum is a totally individual experience. It is possible to make a visit in a group but I did it alone, and I’m glad I did. Having the time to just sit and listen is in itself a luxury for most of us, but to have the opportunity to carve out some time to listen to these rare and often very beautiful sounds is more than just a luxury.

I can’t express how much I enjoyed doing this. I’m going to do it again in the not too distant future, and I really hope that you get a chance to do it too. I can’t recommend it enough. Go to the site, book an appointment, experience it!

In just over a month I’ll be at the Beautiful Octopus Club, and I want you there too

You may well have heard me talking about this event in the past. I’ve been involved in Heart n Soul’s Beautiful Octopus Club for quite a few years now. It’s an amazing event and as a part of it I try and bring some of the best and most interesting music technologies to the event to show them to the public.

Well this year the Beautiful Octopus Club is bigger and better than ever and I’d really love you to be a part of it!

Every year Heart n Soul takes over the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank and turns it into the most amazing club night for people with learning disabilities. This year the Beautiful Octopus Club is on the 9th of September from 7pm until midnight and it is open to all. There’s no tickets, no entrance free, and everyone is welcome.

The event normally attracts between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors so it’s a great way to engage audiences you haven’t met and to generate PR and social content.

This year there’s loads going on over 3 floors with 6 stages, 2 dance floors, 20 acts performing, 9 DJ crews, 11 Taking Part areas and on the 5th floor there’s going to be the biggest SoundLab ever and I’d love you to be a part of it.

With just over a month to go there are some great companies taking part on the 9th, but there are still a few spaces left.

What I’m looking for is:

  • Engaging interactive experience for people visiting the club
  • An experience that encourages people to continue their music making after the event
  • Ideally experiences that can be delivered over headphones, as it’s going to be very busy and very noisy!

I really want you to be a part of it and would love to hear any ideas you have for being involved. Also if you know anyone else who might like to know about our event then please feel free to share this page!

If you’re interested please contact me as possible and we can start to talk about what’s possible. Contact details here.

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A visit to the MI Expo

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When there are London based events that touch the kinds of areas that we routinely cover on PalmSounds I always try and get along. This one I had high hopes for, but it was sadly not entirely well attended.

I’ve been to the Emirates before for music tech events, and as a visitor it’s a nice, and relatively easy place to get to. It’s pretty good for tech events too. I don’t mind it at all. So it was a bit of a disappointment that this event wasn’t better attended. Even so I think it was worth it from my perspective for a few reasons. I’ll explain why.

First off it’s always good to get to these kinds of events and catch up with people in the business. At this event I was glad to bump into friends from Korg and a few other companies too. That’s always fun to do, and to run a few new ideas in front of people too.

Secondly, with this type of event it’s worth being there for the seminar programme. At this event I managed to get to three of sessions and I’m glad I did. It’s interesting to see where the focus of the industry is and what’s important to people.

Lastly, and this is a big reason, was there was an open debate about BREXIT at the end of the seminar programme, and I was especially interested in hearing what they had to say about it the UK’s decision. I’m not going to go into all of the arguments that were aired in this debate. Instead I’m going to leave that for another post about the whole issue.

If anything I’d like to see more events like this one happen. I think it’s important for the industry to get together. Especially now in the UK. In fact there’s never been a more important time for us to keep talking.

Music Tech Pitch 4.5, hardware, apps, and Brexit too

Although it was a few weeks ago I wanted to post about this Music Tech Pitch 4.5 event. I’ve been chairing and moderating the panel of judges for Music for about 3 years now and it’s been a huge amount of fun to do it. Each time it’s different and I’m constantly interested and amazed by some of the start ups that pitch.

This time was no different, except perhaps that some of these start ups really caught my eye. I’ll tell you about them.

First up we had Air-Craft, the maker of the quite amazing AC Sabre, which I mentioned last week. Hari, the creator of the app gave us a demo using the Sabre and then talked us through the business. It was a very impressive start to the evening.

Next we had Blitzer API. Blitzer is basically a one stop shop platform specialising in processing, enrichment and harmonisation of music metadata. Whilst this might not be really amazing for me personally I do understand how important this kind of technology is and it was a good pitch.

After that we had Concert Flow, a platform that matches listings of concerts to video footage of the artist playing live. Whilst I’ve seen this kind of thing before this was a really good take on the idea and I think it could really work for some artists. Also it had a really good team behind it which makes it even more appealing.

Decave was our next pitch. Decave is a service where musicians from different genres, get matched up, and after a day in the studio, play and jam together, in front of a crowd. I really liked this idea it seemed to be really worth pursuing. I think that Decave could produce some excellent results. Not just for audiences, but for the artists themselves. I’ll certainly be watching to see how it develops.

Ingenious Audio was next and was of particular interest as it’s a solution that works with iOS devices. It’s a new way to stream audio over WiFi called Fi-Live and a hardware device to make existing wired products WiFi compatible. I really liked this hardware, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen it on Kickstarter when it first arrived, or at least I can’t remember it anyway. I think we’ll be hearing a lot about Ingenious Audio in the future. Their product is pretty amazing.

Next up was JuiceVCR, an alternative promotional platform for independent artists to reach new audiences. This was pretty impressive as the platform has been run completely by one person so far and totally bootstrapped. I liked the product and I might go take a look at it for my own stuff soon. I think it’s worth taking a look at.

Last and by no means least was Trackd, the world’s first 8 Track ideas studio in your pocket, or at least that’s how they describe their app. To say it’s an 8 track doesn’t really do it justice as it’s more like a collaboration platform all in one place and that place is in your iPhone. I think I need to take a bit more time to look at Trackd, it has a lot of potential and I think it could become a really useful tool for mobile musicians. If you want to check out their app, you can get it on the AppStore here. It’s free with a single IAP.

It was an interesting evening, but I’ve missed out one part. Whilst we normally start Music Tech Pitch with a keynote speech, this time we did something different, we took the timely opportunity to have a brief debate about Brexit, which, as you can imagine, is a topic on most people’s minds in the UK right now. But I’m going to cover Brexit in a separate post as an issue as big as that deserves some dedicated time.

For me this was one of the best Music Tech Pitch events we’ve done so far, with perhaps the most diverse collection of start ups. In the end Ingenious Audio won the evening, and it was very well deserved. But it was a close run thing. The quality of pitches, ideas and companies were very high indeed.

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