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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

2016 predictions for independent music – a roundup of useful articles

January is traditionally the time we look ahead, make plans and generally get our house in order. Our December blog featured three video ‘Postcards from the Future’ from key experts in music, digital technology, research and young audiences. Filmed at our Camden One Dayer back in July 2015, our experts tried to predict what was […]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

One Dayer News – The Future of Digital Tech & Live Music

A major strand of the ONE DAYER on 1st July in Camden is dedicated to emerging digital technology and how we can all better harness it to drive more people to the live experience, and once they’re at our gigs spend more money.   The provocation, panel and insights sessions we’ve programmed as part of […]Read More

December Good Reads

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite reads across the internet this month. This blog from US band Pomplamouse forensically details how much touring actually costs – and although they’re based in the United States, the figures make fascinating reading and should dispel any myths that gigging is where the money is. Fresh on the Net […]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

Getting the most from your online audience

Cautionary tales, radical thinking and uninhibited audiences. Plus how it is increasingly difficult to separate live and digital work. Wise words from the expert Sounding Out panel on how audiences and online collide. Read More

Composite image From Now On Festival

Exploiting the challenges of digital music and arts journalism

A stellar list of music and arts experts are lining up to explore how the fracturing of traditional journalism can be exploited by musicians and composers. All at the Third Ear Symposium. Read More