Urban Sounds

Sonictravlog is a mobile app that allows users to record and listen to sounds recorded by other people located in different places. Through geotagging, the sounds uploaded will appear in a soundmap. There are two recording modes: Timer mode: the app will record a short clip from time to time automatically. This acts as a sound diary. Navigate mode: the user can record sounds according to a route they’ve created or joined. Users can interact with… Read more »


Radiohead Releases PolyFauna App

Radiohead’s latest creation, PolyFauna, is an experimental collaboration between Radiohead and Universal Everything. The mobile app was inspired by The King Of Limbs sessions and uses  imagery and  sounds from the song “Bloom.”  The digital experience may not meet the standards of Bjork’s Biophilia or Arcade Fires’ Just a Reflektor, but it is worth exploring for free for your iOS or Android device. Thom Yorke announced the launch of… Read more »


The Pulse of a City

Pulse of the City is an interactive public art installation installed in five locations in Boston that turns pedestrians’ heartbeats into music. It combines art, design and technology to promote the use and celebration of public space in an uplifting and imaginative way.

From the artist, George Zisiadis:

We designed music that would complement different heart rate levels. The unit detects your pulse and then an algorithm determines the best sounds to play for you…. Read more »


Just A Reflektor

The Experience

Just A Reflektor is an interactive  film that explores the themes in the song “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Filmed in Haiti, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own. To experience the film, visit justareflektor.com in Google Chrome on your computer, and g.co/af on your Android or iOS device. Your computer will connect with your… Read more »


The Lonesome Crowded West

For me, Modest Mouse was one of those bands that changed the way I made music, and also how I perceived music. This documentary was a great reminder of the creativity and rawness behind each musician in the band. It takes me back to high school when I first heard Trucker’s Atlas and practiced that infamous beat until I could figure it out. I’m also reminded of going on tour with my friends Danielle and Amanda… Read more »


the musCLE house

the musCLE house is a thriving music community where students receive one hour music lesson in exchange for one hour of philanthropic involvement or community service. Teachers provide instruction and mentorship, while also receiving payment with a unique structure. Teachers will enrich students with music education and students will improve the community they live in with philanthropic efforts.

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Lottery League

Part rock n’ roll circus, part game show, part city-wide art project, The Lottery League returns to Cleveland’s music scene in 2013. This year’s Lottery League begins with Draft Night, which takes place at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern on Friday, February 1st, 2013. The grand finale of the 2013 Lottery League — known as The Big Show — will take place at the world-famous Agora on Saturday April 6th, 2013, and it will be FREE for all!

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JAM

A new Chrome experiment from Google: An interactive web application that allows friends in different locations to play music together in Chrome on their computers. No matter what your level of experience – from music pros to aspiring air guitarists – you can JAM together in real time over the web. Choose from a selection of 19 different instruments, from acoustic and bass guitars to drum kits and keyboards. Invite up to three friends to join… Read more »


Hacking Gaming and Technology for the Arts

Besides Atari, Commodore 64 and Nintendo, I’ve never really liked video games. But when I first moved to Cleveland, I worked at Marcus Thomas on the Nestle account and had the opportunity to work with Major League Gaming on a sponsorship partnership. After a few events, I fell in love with the culture of gaming. I also fell in love with the technology. Microsoft Kinect and Sony Move were still new, but I could see the potential for natural user interfaces (NUI) or gestural user interfaces. Thanks to Microsoft, hackers everywhere are dissecting their Kinects to leverage the technology in new environments.

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Bicycles in Flight

Project: Bicycles in Flight Description: In October of 2007 in Boston, I met Danielle Stolzenberg and Eric Kogelschatz met for the first time. That was the first day of an awesome two-year journey with our band Hot Box and the beginning of a lifelong friendship. After the band broke up and everyone went their separate ways. We dreamed of playing together again, but with Danielle in Charlottesville, VA and me in Cleveland, OH; it didn’t seem… Read more »


The Biophilia Educational Program

Bjork is once again providing inspiration with her album and app, Biophilia. She has created an educational program (The Biophilia Educational Program), that has been hosting interdisciplinary workshops for youth aged 10 to 12 to learn about music and science, using diverse teaching tools such as analog and digital instruments, video, 3D imagery, and other inspired ways to teach musical creativity.

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Beat 2012

DJ Mark Ronson will be traveling the world to meet up-and-coming athletes in order to intentionally record their passively generated music, or record the sounds they make when they compete in their sport.

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Music for a Film

I went to film school + once had someone tell me that I “thought life was a movie.” It was supposed to be an insult, but, really what’s wrong with that? I knew I would never move to Los Angeles and work in the film industry despite professional mentors urging me to do so early in my career, but I loved movies + wanted to study them. The truth is, life used to be a lot more like a movie. Movies used to be more like movies. One absent aspect of films that I often lament is the director’s (or studio’s or distributor’s) choice to forgo the cost/involvement associated with scoring the film and instead include popular music.

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Intentionally Passive Music Composition

Intentionally passive music composition has interested me for quite some time. This is the idea that we can create music by strategically planning for specific outcomes to create beautiful music; such as harnessing gravity, nature or the elements to create music organically. One of my favorite recent examples of this is Conductor, which harnesses the NYC subway system and turns it into an interactive string instrument.

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2011 SXSW Interactive Festival Panel – VOTE!

Over a month ago I submitted a panel proposal to the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival and am pleased to announce it has been included in the PanelPicker voting process! The panel is called “A Digital Rolling Stone: Disruptive Technology & Music” and it will analyze the current digital ecosystem to reveal the disruptive technologies and methods that will revolutionize the way music is created and experienced in the future.

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Unconsumption

When we were kids it was pretty much beaten into us that planet earth was in danger + the only way to save the planet was to “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” Perhaps because we learned this at a young age it’s second nature for us to want to limit the amount of “stuff” we contribute to landfills.

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A Digital Rolling Stone 2.0

It seems only appropriate that I’m finally finishing the second installment of “A Digital Rolling Stone,” a month after the tenth anniversary of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) suing Napster for allowing millions of consumers to download free, copyright music. In the first installment of “A Digital Rolling Stone” I hypothesized that the music industry must progress with culture in order to remain profitable and relevant by reflecting cultural trends and integrating technologies that create an experience for the consumer with added value. This hypothesis was composed over a year ago and I have collected several case studies that document this consumer behavioral transformation in regard to music and the brands that have effectively progressed with culture to create augmented experiences for the consumer. Also, I have also identified the casual attributes for marketing success and recommendations to continue these innovations in the music industry. Lastly, unlike artists before them, artists such as Radiohead and Trent Reznor of NIN understood not only the consumer, but the future of music. They paved the way for many musicians to find a sustainable business model in the digital age and seize OFF=ON opportunities. Welcome to “A Digital Rolling Stone 2.0”

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A Digital Rolling Stone 1.0

Over the past few months, I have noticed that in the back of Rolling Stone there have been a few rotating lists such as Myspace Music Top 10 Songs, iLike Top Ten or iTunes Top 10 Songs. My personal favorite is the iLike Top Ten list, instead of determining popularity by sales; the list is actually determined by how many people actually listen to the song. This is a representation of how the music industry is changing now: By recognizing there are other ways to consume and listen to music (e.g. Pandora or Last.FM.). But how can they change moving forward? The music industry must integrate more technologies that create an experience for the consumer with added value. A perfect example of this is a big idea I read about in an AdAge DigitalNext article. The article explained how Drop.io and Organic are collaborating on a new technology platform: location-based file sharing.

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