The more music industry entities working hands-on with startups and developers the better, as far as we’re concerned.
The latest example is US collecting society Ascap, whose innovation arm Ascap Lab has been running an 11-week ‘Seed Project’ challenge for graduate students in New York.
Five teams were involved, exploring new ways to interact with music. You can read the results of their work here.
Projects included a ‘portable soft-surface audio sampler and editor’ called Madd; a wearable device called Chiller that reads your physical and emotional responses to music and converts them into data that can be used creatively; a browser-based 3D sound design tool called Octavia; Shadow Network software to create music with body movements; and a Virtual Lab tool for creating sound with “everyday objects and basic body movements”.
Alongside revealing the projects, Ascap announced that Vernon Reid – of Living Colour fame – is joining the lab as its first artist in residence.