Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today marks one year since we have been in Paris. The time has disappeared into a blur of patisseries, startups, and laundromats. We have lived in 4 different apartments and I have freelanced for the same number of startups.
After a year it finally feels like we’re settling down a little. Recently equipped with a French phone number, an extension on our apartment’s lease, and a job offer at Deezer as their copywriter, things are turning out ok. I’ll be on the product team, defining the tone and writing all the key messages on the site. I’m so happy and can’t wait to start next Monday. 

Today marks one year since we have been in Paris. The time has disappeared into a blur of patisseries, startups, and laundromats. We have lived in 4 different apartments and I have freelanced for the same number of startups.

After a year it finally feels like we’re settling down a little. Recently equipped with a French phone number, an extension on our apartment’s lease, and a job offer at Deezer as their copywriter, things are turning out ok. I’ll be on the product team, defining the tone and writing all the key messages on the site. I’m so happy and can’t wait to start next Monday. 

Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Just got home for the holidays and this was waiting for me, thanks SoundCloud! Californian coffee and chocolate - FedExed happiness!

Just got home for the holidays and this was waiting for me, thanks SoundCloud! Californian coffee and chocolate - FedExed happiness!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

soundschool:

Official photos by Internet Week Europe, Copyright © 2012 Dan Dennison.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/internetweekeurope/sets/72157632059852230/

Nice to see some of the official photos from the Sound School event back in November. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Laura, Bat For Lashes - London Contemporary Voices (by LCVChoir)

icelandwantstobeyourfriend:

Hello, dear friends from the Internet, 
I just wanted to tell you that my Christmas decorations are up. 
Bless bless, 
Iceland
via: petaqui:

LJÓSASTEMNING / LIGHT MOOD by HPHson http://flic.kr/p/dw83G1

icelandwantstobeyourfriend:

Hello, dear friends from the Internet, 

I just wanted to tell you that my Christmas decorations are up. 

Bless bless, 

Iceland

via: petaqui:

LJÓSASTEMNING / LIGHT MOOD by HPHson http://flic.kr/p/dw83G1

The Forgotten Sounds of Tech

sensate:

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The tech graveyard is a dark, vast and scary place, littered with outdated hunks of plastic and tangled cables belonging to kit whose time on this Earth was cut short by something faster and shinier. Here’s our tribute to some of those ghostly sounds faintly echoing in the mausoleum of the tech of yesteryear.

Link includes Nokia Ringtones, GameBoy’s Power-on Beep, and the sounds of dot-matrix printers, typewriters, and more.

Read more here… 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

soundschool:

Sound School has come to an end! It has been a great journey and for the finale we gathered at Google Campus, London, to celebrate music, technology, and education. The event was an official partner to Internet Week Europe.

The evening began with a workshop from Roland Taylor from the English National Opera community choir. We learned a contemporary piece called Sound Without Words by composer Stephen Montague. It was a huge amount of fun and involved lots of strange sounds. Have a listen to the piece here:

We then moved on to the panel discussion on how advances in technology affect music education. We talked about the differences between online and offline learning and explored the implications of various kinds of technology for learning. We talked about how the social context of learning is important, and how different learners/users require unique things. One point became very clear - online resources vary in quality, but so do teachers in real life. Online tutorials can be great teaching aides, uniting teachers and learners across geographical distances, and mostly for free. Additionally, the way that quality control online is crowd-sourced means that it is easy to pin point quality from the rest.

Listen to the full panel discussion for further insight on this fascinating topic:

Panelists were: Evangelos Himonides, Senior Lecturer in Technology, Education, and Music at the Institute of Education; Roland Taylor, formerly Director of Digital and Participation at the English National Opera and Interactive Editor at the BBC; Jennie Henley, Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education; and Tim Murray Browne, interactive sound artist and researcher.

Many thanks to the panelists and audience for a fun and stimulating evening! Thanks to SoundCloud for the t-shirts and to sharypic.com for the live PhotoWall.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fantasia, The Legacy - The Swan of Tuonela (by Contattozero)

Sublime music from Sibelius and imagery by Disney.

Happy Finnish Independence Day!

explore-blog:

How To Sing – fantastic German illustrated guide circa 1902

explore-blog:

How To Sing – fantastic German illustrated guide circa 1902

Monday, November 26, 2012
cinemurblog:

L’Odyssée de Pi : embarquez littéralement pour l’avant-première à Paris.
Pour le nouveau long-métrage de Ang Lee, 20th Century Fox et l’agence Ubi Bene organisent 4 projections exceptionnelles sur l’eau, à bord de 26 barques installées à la piscine Pailleron (Paris 19ème). 

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cinemurblog:

L’Odyssée de Pi : embarquez littéralement pour l’avant-première à Paris.

Pour le nouveau long-métrage de Ang Lee, 20th Century Fox et l’agence Ubi Bene organisent 4 projections exceptionnelles sur l’eau, à bord de 26 barques installées à la piscine Pailleron (Paris 19ème). 

Read More

Thursday, November 22, 2012
explore-blog:

Dutch Illustrator Rop Van Mierlo’s charming wash paintings of wild animals, made by dropping ink and watercolor onto paper to create softly explosive shapes with no hard edges or contours. 

explore-blog:

Dutch Illustrator Rop Van Mierlo’s charming wash paintings of wild animals, made by dropping ink and watercolor onto paper to create softly explosive shapes with no hard edges or contours. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
To mark the culmination of Sound School, a SoundCloud fellowship project, there will be a discussion on tech and music education at Campus London (powered by Google) this Friday, 16th November at 7pm. The event is an official partner of Internet Week Europe, a festival celebrating Europe’s dynamic and vibrant internet industry. 
The discussion will tackle the way that new technology, particularly the web, is changing the face of music education. It will be lead by the following panelists: Evangelos Himonides (chair), Senior Lecturer in Technology, Education, and Music at the Institute of Education; Roland Taylor, formerly Director of Digital and Participation at the English National Opera and Interactive Editor at the BBC; Jennie Henley, Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education; Elaine Chew, Professor of Digital Media and Director of Music Initiatives at Queen Mary, University of London; and Tim Murray Browne, interactive sound artist and researcher.
Before the panel there will be a singing workshop lead by Roland who runs the English National Opera community choir. Schedule:
7pm - An opportunity for SoundClouders to share knowledge and love of sound. If you have a specific skill you want to teach, or something you desperately want to learn about, share it on the Facebook event page. The first half an hour will be dedicated to mingling and connecting over sound education.
7.30pm - A group singing workshop! Bring your enthusiasm and best singing voice along!
8.15pm - Discussion begins. A live twitter wall, provided by sharypic, will display comments from the audience as the discussion progresses. This means you can have your say, going beyond a typical 10 minute audience q&a session, without disrupting the flow of the panel.
Share photos from your phone with the tag #scss2012 and they will appear on a live sharypic PhotoWall.SoundCloud goodies up for grabs, first come first served!RSVP by joining the Facebook event page. Admittance will only be via the guest list, so don’t forget to sign up!Address: 3rd Floor, Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX. Google MapMore info on the panelists:
Evangelos Himonides (chair) holds the University of London’s first ever ‘lecturer in music technology education’ position. He teaches Music Education, Music Technology and Information Technology, at a post-graduate level, at the Institute of Education, University of London. As a musician, technologist and educator, Evangelos has had an ongoing career in experimental research in the fields of psychoacoustics, music perception, music cognition, information technology, human-computer interaction, special needs, the singing voice and singing development. His special interests include interactive educational multimedia, multiple modalities and channels in virtual education.
Roland Taylor has worked as a teacher, social worker, broadcaster, events producer, project manager, digital editor and producer, educator, musician and composer. At English National Opera he focused upon Digital and Participation work (as Director), recently staging John Cage’s Musicircus which received critical acclaim in the national press. At the BBC Roland was Interactive Editor of the BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3, BBC Classical TV and the BBC’s Performing Groups as well as a radio producer. Roland was responsible for success such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s prom which saw over 1000 people play their ukulelies live on BBC Radio. He also introduced initiatives such as ‘Maestro Cam’ and the social music initiative ‘I was there’, connecting event participants to each other and sharing the outreach work of the BBC to a global audience. Roland believes that connecting people physically and digitally is a great thing to do.
Jennie Henley is Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London where she is Programme Leader for the MA in Music Education and Tutor for the Primary PGCE Music Specialism. As a result of working as a coach on a programme giving adult beginners the opportunity to learn to play an instrument within a band, she undertook her PhD research looking at learning ensembles. Her special interest are the social environment of musical learning, the creation and development of musical identities and the practical application of activity theory in music education.
Elaine Chew is a recently appointed Professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London, where she also serves as Director of Music Initiatives in the Centre for Digital Music. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she founded and directed research at the Music Computation and Cognition Laboratory, first as an Assistant Professor, then a tenured Associate Professor. An operations researcher and pianist by training, her research goal is to explain and demystify the phenomenon of music and its performance through the use of formal scientific methods. Her research centers on the mathematical and computational modeling of music performance — in particular, music prosody — and music structures so as to make explicit what it is that musicians do, how they do it, and why. 
Tim Murray Browne is an interactive sound artist, coder and researcher. He is the resident composer within the Music Hackspace under Sound and Music’s embedded composer residency programme and is also working with the arts and technology collective, Seeper. Tim’s work has evolved through projects including The Serendiptichord, a wearable instrument for dancers created together with Di Mainstone. Another project is IMPOSSIBLE ALONE, a soundscape explored through collaborative movement created with Tiff Chan. His work has appeared at venues including the Barbican, Berkeley Art Museum and the Secret Garden Party. Tim recently submitted his PhD on Interactive Music Systems at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London and has been working with the arts and technology collective seeper on the ImpactQM knowledge transfer programme.

To mark the culmination of Sound School, a SoundCloud fellowship project, there will be a discussion on tech and music education at Campus London (powered by Google) this Friday, 16th November at 7pm. The event is an official partner of Internet Week Europe, a festival celebrating Europe’s dynamic and vibrant internet industry. 

The discussion will tackle the way that new technology, particularly the web, is changing the face of music education. It will be lead by the following panelists: Evangelos Himonides (chair), Senior Lecturer in Technology, Education, and Music at the Institute of Education; Roland Taylor, formerly Director of Digital and Participation at the English National Opera and Interactive Editor at the BBC; Jennie Henley, Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education; Elaine Chew, Professor of Digital Media and Director of Music Initiatives at Queen Mary, University of London; and Tim Murray Browne, interactive sound artist and researcher.

Before the panel there will be a singing workshop lead by Roland who runs the English National Opera community choir. 

Schedule:

  • 7pm - An opportunity for SoundClouders to share knowledge and love of sound. If you have a specific skill you want to teach, or something you desperately want to learn about, share it on the Facebook event page. The first half an hour will be dedicated to mingling and connecting over sound education.
  • 7.30pm - A group singing workshop! Bring your enthusiasm and best singing voice along!
  • 8.15pm - Discussion begins. A live twitter wall, provided by sharypic, will display comments from the audience as the discussion progresses. This means you can have your say, going beyond a typical 10 minute audience q&a session, without disrupting the flow of the panel.


Share photos from your phone with the tag #scss2012 and they will appear on a live sharypic PhotoWall.

SoundCloud goodies up for grabs, first come first served!

RSVP by joining the Facebook event page. Admittance will only be via the guest list, so don’t forget to sign up!
Address: 3rd Floor, Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX. Google Map

More info on the panelists:

  • Evangelos Himonides (chair) holds the University of London’s first ever ‘lecturer in music technology education’ position. He teaches Music Education, Music Technology and Information Technology, at a post-graduate level, at the Institute of Education, University of London. As a musician, technologist and educator, Evangelos has had an ongoing career in experimental research in the fields of psychoacoustics, music perception, music cognition, information technology, human-computer interaction, special needs, the singing voice and singing development. His special interests include interactive educational multimedia, multiple modalities and channels in virtual education.
  • Roland Taylor has worked as a teacher, social worker, broadcaster, events producer, project manager, digital editor and producer, educator, musician and composer. At English National Opera he focused upon Digital and Participation work (as Director), recently staging John Cage’s Musicircus which received critical acclaim in the national press. At the BBC Roland was Interactive Editor of the BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3, BBC Classical TV and the BBC’s Performing Groups as well as a radio producer. Roland was responsible for success such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s prom which saw over 1000 people play their ukulelies live on BBC Radio. He also introduced initiatives such as ‘Maestro Cam’ and the social music initiative ‘I was there’, connecting event participants to each other and sharing the outreach work of the BBC to a global audience. Roland believes that connecting people physically and digitally is a great thing to do.
  • Jennie Henley is Lecturer in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London where she is Programme Leader for the MA in Music Education and Tutor for the Primary PGCE Music Specialism. As a result of working as a coach on a programme giving adult beginners the opportunity to learn to play an instrument within a band, she undertook her PhD research looking at learning ensembles. Her special interest are the social environment of musical learning, the creation and development of musical identities and the practical application of activity theory in music education.
  • Elaine Chew is a recently appointed Professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London, where she also serves as Director of Music Initiatives in the Centre for Digital Music. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she founded and directed research at the Music Computation and Cognition Laboratory, first as an Assistant Professor, then a tenured Associate Professor. An operations researcher and pianist by training, her research goal is to explain and demystify the phenomenon of music and its performance through the use of formal scientific methods. Her research centers on the mathematical and computational modeling of music performance — in particular, music prosody — and music structures so as to make explicit what it is that musicians do, how they do it, and why. 
  • Tim Murray Browne is an interactive sound artist, coder and researcher. He is the resident composer within the Music Hackspace under Sound and Music’s embedded composer residency programme and is also working with the arts and technology collective, Seeper. Tim’s work has evolved through projects including The Serendiptichord, a wearable instrument for dancers created together with Di Mainstone. Another project is IMPOSSIBLE ALONE, a soundscape explored through collaborative movement created with Tiff Chan. His work has appeared at venues including the Barbican, Berkeley Art Museum and the Secret Garden Party. Tim recently submitted his PhD on Interactive Music Systems at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London and has been working with the arts and technology collective seeper on the ImpactQM knowledge transfer programme.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012