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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

RE-SET: virtual action learning for artists and creative freelancers

RE:SET is a virtual action learning programme for creative freelancers, artists and other creative entrepreneurs based in England. Designed in response to Covid 19, it brings together peers from across the sector to help each other explore their challenges, opportunities and dilemmas and unlock new insights.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

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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

Capturing Cafe Oto. The technical challenges behind the musical ambition

Revered experimental music venue Cafe Oto is recording all its live programme for wider distribution. Find out how they've pulled off this technically challenging project. 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

First Off Axis gig brings new fans for out of town bands

It’s just after 9pm on Saturday night in Derby when Manchester’s Black Lights take to the stage. They’re the second band on of a three band line up, and spend the next half an hour delivering the kind of faultless, beautifully crafted songs that has seen them build a loyal and passionate fan base back […]Read More