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Unity Theatre – HackStage Ideas Lab

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of the UK’s most curious and forward thinking theatre makers, creative technologists and technicians, gathered together at Unity Theatre, Liverpool for 3 days of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live theatre, and how digital […]Read More

London Sinfonietta – Make Do & Bend

In 2016 the hub teamed up with the London Sinfonietta and NESTA to develop Make, Do and Bend, a project bringing together musicians, composers and creative technologists to explore how digital technology can open up new forms of interaction.   The first part of Make, Do and Bend was an invite-only affair – an intensive 12 hours of sharing, making […]Read More

Make, Do & Bend – the title of our Ideas Lab, yes, but also a good philosophy

Imagine the scene – 25 or so of Europe’s most curious and forward thinking composers, musicians and creative technologists, gathered together at NESTA HQ for a ‘nothing’s impossible’ day of plotting and conspiring, eating and drinking, thinking and doing. All in the name of exploring the next frontiers of live performance, and how digital technology […]Read More

Boomstand – the pop up sound system going places

Hwa Young Jung blogs on the latest outing of Boomstand, a pop up sound system developed during the hub’s Bring & Byte hack weekend in Hebden Bridge in May 2015. Boomstand is a sound system for public space. We install pop-up sound systems in public spaces for anyone to play music through and for musicians, poets, […]Read More

EventBox’s CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing a new software platform to market

EventBox is a mobile app and website that lets you listen to gig listings to discover music events happening nearby.  It was supported to market through the hub’s Joining the Dots programme.  Here CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing an idea to fruition. When we started Joining The Dots in March 2014, we had […]Read More

User testing a new product – top tips for success

Duel’s Content & Brand Champion Jon Aitken gives us his tips on how to successfully user test a new product.   User testing is incredibly important; it’s the point in a creative process that you find out whether the product you’ve dreamed up actually works in the way you think it does. We’ve been user testing […]Read More

Publishing an app in the app store

In his latest blog for us, Joining the Dots award winner Paul Archer talks about how to publish an app.  Given that iOS 8 was released last month it seems like an appropriate time to comment on the various app stores and what that means for developing music products and apps for them. Starting right at the […]Read More

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Avoid the scrum for early bird One Dayer tickets!

Early bird tickets for ‘The One Dayer: Finance, Technology & the Future of Independent Music’ are now on sale! But not for long. Our first Joining the Dots conference is at the historic Cecil Sharp House in London on Friday 12th September. The One Dayer is for anyone who works in or with the independent […]Read More

Eventbox – a new era of music listings is starting but where?

Latest news on the app that lets you listen to listings. Eventbox mastermind Joey Baxter has decided in which area it will be launched and how he's going to ensure that venues get the maximum benefit. Read More

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Ten tips to read before starting your music technology business

Do it now and don't keep it to yourself! Two of the 10 brilliant tips you must read before launching your music technology startup. Read More