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.
Heart ‘n Soul. The Beautiful Octopus Club Festival, Royal Festival Hall.
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.
I’ve been a fan of Reactify Music since they launched their CRTL app (and I interviewed them about it). It was a great app and had a lot of potential. Of course it isn’t the only thing that Reactify do, in fact they’re actually quite prolific, and right now are involved with a variety of projects. You can find a few of them by searching their name on PalmSounds.
Well I’m very pleased to announce that Reactify are going to be with us tomorrow (9th September) at the Beautiful Octopus Club at the Royal Festival Hall. Reactify will be bringing their CTRL installation for you to play with. It’s pretty amazing to use, and I think that you’re going to love it!
So come down to the Beautiful Octopus Club tomorrow night. Check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.
We’re really looking forward to having some very different and very interesting musical interfaces with us tomorrow at the Beautiful Octopus Club thanks to the Bela Platform coming to play with us on the fifth floor of the Royal Festival Hall.
I’ve been watching the Bela platform since first arrived on Kickstarter and it really is an amazing piece of technology that has enabled some inspiring projects. Tomorrow the team will be bringing projects that have been made with Bela, so come down and play and find something really different at the Beautiful Octopus Club, so please do check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.
I’ve know Dr Mick Grierson for a while now and I have to say that he is one of the smartest people in the music tech world that I know of. It’s going to be great to have the Kurv shown at the Beautiful Octopus Club this Friday (9th September) at the Royal Festival Hall.
If you’ve never heard of Kurv, here’s a bit more detail …
Based on research by Dr Mick Grierson at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Kurv combines advanced music synthesis software, sensor technologies and machine learning to enable an unprecedented level of new musical expression.
The Kurv consists of two parts: a button board, where you press chords and notes, and a pick. The pick contains a sensor that recognises strumming movements, just like playing a normal guitar. It has acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and comes with an app for iPhone or iPad, which connects via Bluetooth so there are no wires in the way of rocking out.
Mick says: “For the first time, we can run advanced music synthesis engines on your mobile phone. When you combine this power with wearable technologies and machine learning, you can develop new musical instruments that were considered science fiction only a few years ago.”
Dr Mick Grierson’s work on the Kurv forms part of a long-term Goldsmiths-led and European Commission-funded project called Rapid Mix, a consortium of computer scientists devoting years of research to the design and evaluation of wearable human-computer interfaces in creative fields such as computer games and music.
He’s also the research lead on SoundLab, a project testing out which digital music devices and apps can help people with learning disabilities make the music they want to make.
You can find more details on the Kurv here, and you can see it in action on Friday at the Beautiful Octopus Club. So please do check out the event details at our Facebook event page here.
You’ve heard me talking about the AC Sabre app before. I’m a big fan, a really big fan. I first saw the Sabre back in November last year when Hari, the brains behind this performance app came to the SoundLab event we had at NESTA. He caught my eye because everyone who used the Sabre had an almost instant smile on their faces, and that’s been the reception it’s had consistently ever since.
If you haven’t tried it out then you’re now going to get the opportunity this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall from 7pm. The AC Sabre will be there, not only to play with, but also Hari will be giving a performance too.
So please do check out the details at our Facebook event page here. You can find out more about the AC Sabre at the Air-Craft site, and check out the app on the app store here.
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.
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!
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.
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.