By Brian Kecskemety and Jason Epstein
SoundCtrl is teaming up with Hyundai to present the Re:Mix Lab – three days of panels, performances, and technology demonstrations all at NYC’s Chelsea Market. On Friday, September 28, the evening will be capped by a performance by RL Grime with New York’s own Action Bronson.
For more information, head over to Hyundai’s Facebook page.
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Date: Friday, September 28th
Venue: The Chelsea Market, NYC
Mixify – “The Never-Ending Electronic Music Festival” as they like to refer to themselves – is a sweet new site dedicated to the intriguing craft of the disc jockey. I explored the veritable audio playground that is Mixify as a “Fan” (you can also go in as a “DJ” to upload your own tracks for purchase, among other nifty activities) and found the site/service an easy-to-use, fun experience.
3:00PM – Songza
Songza – a music streaming and recommendation service launched way back in 2007, wants to play people the right music at the right time. So, how do they do this? They offer playlists made by music experts based on the time of day or activity the user is engaging in. Users can give feedback by voting for or against these choices, which then cause the service to adapt to their preferences.
Earlier this year, Songza released a feature called “Music Concierge” as an iPhone, iPad and web app. This virtual sonic attendant gives users 6 different situations to choose from based on the time of day with filters for the user to choose based on their mood. Songza has seen recent success as the #1 free app on iTunes for the iPad and #2 free app for the iPhone. They also expanded to Android and Android tablet as well as internationally to Canada with great success as well.
K235 by Peter Kay – who demonstrated the instrument at last month’s NY Music Tech Meetup – is a motion-based musical instrument for your iPad. The interface is pretty simple and easy to use. There are two spheres on the screen which users can flick to build the intensity of the sound. Every time the spheres collide or bounce off the edge of the screen, additional sounds are created. The app uses the iPads accelerometer and adds harmonies when users tilt the device, and rhythmic elements when the iPad is shook.
5:00PM – Beamz
Beamz is a laser-based music device. The table-top device is shaped like a ‘W’ and played with the hands by interrupting the flow of the various beams. The instrument is connected to a computer via USB and each laser corresponds to a designated instrument sound or sound effect. There are up to 64 independently controlled musical notes or sequences that are controlled by six laser triggers and two buttons. When a beam is broken, the attached computer plays a music note or sequence that is relevant to both the corresponding movement as well as other concurrent sounds. The designers have made sure that even if a player’s interaction with the lasers is somewhat random, the music will still produce something with a pleasant musicality to it.
8:15PM: Key Note