Music, The City & You

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How can the world around us, the mobile devices we carry and information about our music tastes combine to create a real world experience?

Creative Technologist Martyn Davies presents Music, The City & You, an ongoing look at how music discovery can be influenced by the people and the cities around us.

This presentation is from Future Music Camp at Popakademie, Mannheim, Germany in May 2011.

For more information see: http://www.musicthecityandyou.com

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  • Music, The City & You

    1. 1. Future Music Camp, Mannheim, May 2011Music, The City & You Martyn Davies, Six Two Productions @martynrdavies
    2. 2. Es ist eine Freude, heute hier zu sein
    3. 3. BBC Radio 1BBC MusicBBC IntroducingUniversal Music GroupSix Two Productions
    4. 4. So, what is this?Think about the world around usThink about the technology we carry with usThink about the way we discover and experience music
    5. 5. This is not an exact science! I want to get you thinking...
    6. 6. DevicesLocationStorage of musical tasteNetworks of friendsGroupsDelivery methods
    7. 7. We’re going to stalk a guy called David Let’s see some of the new ways he’s discovering and collecting music ...in the car ...on the street ...at the restaurant ...in the bar
    8. 8. You’ve never been to David’s city...Forget what you know about citiesNew York London Mannheim
    9. 9. Sweet ride!
    10. 10. Just kidding...
    11. 11. Just one smartphone
    12. 12. Not a very long journeyLot’s of stopping at traffic lightsFriends and artists have‘dropped’ tracks at variouslocations en route using the‘Piracy Trackdropper’ app.
    13. 13. No harm in picking up stuff youfind in the street, right?
    14. 14. The restaurantThe restaurant is playing musicThey pride themselves on their selectionof food and tunesDavid wants to know more...
    15. 15. Lucky for him the restaurantprint QR Codes on their menusDavid reads the code with hissmartphoneThe QR Code links to a Spotifyplaylist* *Although probably not in Germany ;-) David had a pulled pork sandwich and a Sprite, because he’s driving tonight. The QR Code really does link to the playlist, go ahead and try it!
    16. 16. The barDavid heads to his favourite pubHe’s meeting some friends in town fromPopakademie Actual pub: Tower Tavern, Clipstone Street, London W1
    17. 17. In this pub, the people inthe room control themusic.A computer in the pubknows who is here andwhat kind of music theylike.Anyone checked in withFoursqaure or FacebookPlaces is helping pick themusic tonight...
    18. 18. or...
    19. 19. There are algorithms available for this kind of thing.
    20. 20. Thanks to the geniuses at EchonestThe software in the pub knows all about thetracks queued up to play.So, there’s no Bieber.Each track feels like a natural progressionfrom the one before it.Each track chosen is right for the time ofday and even the weather outside! http://the.echonest.com
    21. 21. English Heritage Blue PlaquesWouldn’t that make a good tour?
    22. 22. Especially when this happens:Jimi Hendrix’s flat George Handel’s house
    23. 23. Recipe for a Blue Plaque Musical Tour1 x smartphone1 x pair of headphones1 x blue plaque app1 x bike (or pair of feet)1 x subscription to Spotify/Rdio
    24. 24. For more on this talk, links, picture credits and stuff, go to www.musicthecityandyou.com

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