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The London Sinfonietta is partnering with the hub to produce 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.

Thursday 14 July: One-Dayer 

Fresh from the Ideas Lab in early June, we've put together a mind-bending one day conference that will explore the future of live music, how innovations in technology are being embraced by artists, and how this disrupts what being 'in the audience' means. 

What’s in the programme?

Our six hour day in the heart of the King's Cross creative campus will include:
Two big-picture panels, one focused on what the direction of travel is for live music and technology, and the other exploring what good digital R&D looks like
Postcards from the future of how composition, live music and digital technologies will interact
Tasting menu sessions, where some of the biggest innovators in the country share their favourite live performance and digital projects
Hands on demo opportunities… your chance to explore how VR, augmented reality, 3D audio and the internet of things could provide new directions for your gigs and performances
Workshops exploring some of the ideas developed in our Ideas Lab (see what happened here)

Who's going to be there?

As well as some of the fantastic creative technologists, musicians and composers who took part in our Ideas Lab, our stellar line up of contributors includes:

Katy Beale, Caper
Jack Churchill, Ogilvy Innovations Labs
Rachel Coldicutt, Dot Everyone
Kealy Cozens, Sound and Music
Sarah Ellis, Royal Shakespeare Company
Leafcutter John (musician)
Leila Johnson (artist and creative technologist)
Nick Luscombe (DJ and broadcaster) 
Louis Mustill, Artists & Engineers
Tim Plyming, NESTA
Nick Ryan (composer and sound designer)
Erika Shorter, Uniform

All this, plus the chance to demo a whole load of kit and get inside the ‘back end’ of some brilliant projects with Kinicho, the mi.mu Gloves project, Uniform, and current technologists in residence at Rambert, Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský.

What will you get out of it?

- The chance to network and form new partnerships with people from music, technology and the wider arts sectors… people you might otherwise not meet
- The headspace to expand your thinking and work out how to get your own digital project started

How do I book?

You can book your ticket here. The event is free, but there’s a £10 deposit which will be refunded when you attend. (Why? Because free events can be sold-out but then under-attended.)


Tuesday 7 June: Ideas Lab

The first part of Make, Do and Bend is an invite-only affair. Designed for a carefully curated group of 30 composers, artists, producers and creative technologists, our Ideas Lab borrows from hack culture.

Ideas will be shared, teams will form around them, and these ideas will be developed into (paper) prototypes – all over the course of an intensive 12 hours of sharing, making and testing.   

Based on their end of Lab ‘pitches’, a panel of judges will select the team whose idea they think has the most potential, both in the context of the London Sinfonietta and more generally.

This team will receive a small bursary to help them further develop their concept ahead of the One-Dayer.


Thank you

We would like to thank our partners NESTA and Sound and Music for their work on Make, Do and Bend, as well as London Sinfonietta Entrepreneur Anthony Mackintosh, the Fenton Arts Trust, the Garrick Charitable Trust and the Hinrichsen Foundation for their generous support of this project. The London Sinfonietta is grateful for the ongoing investment of Arts Council England.

Nothing's impossible. Make Do and Bend will give our carefully curated group of explorers the chance to do just that: make new ideas by pooling their creativity, do stuff that couldn't be brought to life under their own steam, and bend each other’s thinking into new projects that none of us could have achieved alone.