Say hello to the School of Noise

I’ve posted once before about the School of Noise. I worked with them as a part of SoundLab’s Play Space event at NESTA in November, and they were amazing. So much so that I knew that I couldn’t leave it there and not be a part of what they were trying to achieve. So I expect to be doing stuff with them from now on, and you can expect that you’ll be hearing more about them in the coming weeks.

It’s not just the amazing array of musical equipment that they brought, but also the approach they took to working with it that really distinguishes them. They have a really inspiring attitude to making music and encouraging others to do so.

They’ve already worked at a range of festivals in 2015, such as WOMAD, which was apparently a big hit, and they’ve got more planned for this year.

They were a huge hit at the NESTA Play Space according to just about everyone I spoke to, so I’m looking forward to working with them a bit more in the future. Stay tuned for that!


If you want to know more about the School of Noise then you should definitely check out their web site here.

Both SoundLab and Music Tech Fest in NESTA’s 10 predictions for 2016

Interesting to see sound getting a mention here. Of course, you’ll remember my involvement with SoundLab and NESTA. Well it’s nice to be mentioned here by NESTA, and in good company too, with Music Tech Fest getting a mention as well.

We’ll have to wait and see in what way their predictions come about next year.

Lifted-Up-Over-Sounding – @ Soundlab PlaySpace (video)

Video description:

“Performing with my Crowded Planet app on iPad at the Soundlab Play Space event at Nesta, London.”

Just to be clear, I actually recorded this on my iPhone at the SoundLab Play Space in November. This was a totally amazing performance and you should really check out Robert’s app, it has incredible depth and beauty to it.

The basic app is free, but the whole thing is worth the small in app purchase.

SoundLab Play Space Shout Out: SubPac

It was great to have SubPac at the SoundLab Play Space last month. I hadn’t had a chance to try out the SubPac, but I have to say I’m so impressed now that I’ve used one. It really is amazing. I don’t think I’ve experienced anything quite like it.

If you ever get a chance to try one out then I’d strongly suggest that you take the chance. You won’t be sorry. 

SoundLab Play Space, the video of our awesome event

SoundLab is Heart n Soul’s innovative digital music making project. It is a chance to explore ways of using technology to encourage people with learning disabilities to create sound and music experiences.

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SoundLab Play Space Shout Out to: Gestrument

We used Gestrument in the SoundLab Play Space App Zone last month and it got a really good reception there.

We had both the full and the LE versions of Gestrument in the App Zone and we were able to show it to a wide variety of people who were interested in using iOS apps for helping people to make music.

It was good to get the word out about apps like Gestrument and others. It’s important that apps that are as accessible and as immediate as Gestrument are available to people to show them how to create music for themselves.

It was great to be able to give away a lot of promo codes for both apps and we at SoundLab are really grateful to Gestrument for being so kind in giving us codes for both versions.

If you don’t know Gestrument then you should really take a look.

Another nice write up of the SoundLab Play Space Event

Disability Arts online give our SoundLab event a really nice write up of the event and raised some interesting questions too.

SoundLab Play Space: The Amazing AlphaSphere

One of my favourite instruments from the SoundLab has been the AlphaSphere. Apart from being a truly beautiful piece of hardware it is also an amazing device for getting people to try out making a sound. It really is astoundingly good at getting people who have never played any kind of musical instrument ever, to try out making music.

For musicians it is a joy to use. It is amazingly configurable and really straightforward. But of course there’s more coming. You knew I was going to say that right? I can’t say what, but there are good things coming to AlphaSphere soon and I’m excited about them. As soon as I can tell you about what’s coming, of course I will, but for now I’ll say that it’ll fit well with the kinds of things that get covered on Palm Sounds.

More soon …

SoundLab Play Space Shout Out to: Robert Szymanek and his app Crowded Planet

We were really lucky to have Robert with us for the day at the SoundLab Play Space. He was with us in the app zone and showed his app to very receptive audience for the whole day. Not only that, but he also performed a piece from his album and app, which was truly amazing. Hopefully we’ll some video of that performance soon.

But you should really try out Robert’s app, Crowded Planet. The initial app is free, and if you want to explore it further there’s an IAP.

I have to admit that until I saw Robert perform with the app I wouldn’t have believed just how much depth there is in this app. I’m looking forward to getting some time to really dig in soon.

If you get there before me, let me know what you think.

Mr Concretedog posts about the SoundLab Play Space

A nice post from good friend Mr Concretedog about our SoundLab Play Space at NESTA last week. It was pretty awesome, and so is this post from Jo.