Amsterdam Dance Event comes but once a year, so we're throwing an ADE inspired event to celebrate. We branch slightly off topic to host an evening focused on Music and Creativity. This year we have Piet back to talk us talk us through his latest project, the internet of drums! Expect live demos and drumming. Imogen Heap (yes, the Imogen Heap) is also dropping by to talk to us about her blockchain project for the music industry
If you've been to another one of our meetups, you'll its a pretty relaxed evening with no corporate agendas or recruiting. Theres usually plenty of beers, wine and non alcoholic drinks. Theres snacks and cake to keep you going throughout the night and pizza is after the last talk at around 8:50ish.
We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and we'll try to accommodate them.
If you can't make it, we also livestream all our events (https://youtu.be/rh9RSIO2Hf4)
Piet van Dongen (Luminis) - The Internet of Drums
The Internet of Drums is a magical device that translates 1's and 0's to BADUMs and TISHes. IoT has never been so loud and exciting.
During this talk, the audience can control the drum machine with their smartphone, while they explore its design and execution in detail. What's in the box? What's in the cloud? How do they communicate? How do I make one myself?
Because that's the best part: you can build the whole thing yourself! The Internet of Drums is totally open source: from laser-cut case design to backend software. Instructions included, pull requests welcome.
Piet loves to dive deep into stuff. When he's done, he will explain it to you with great enthusiasm and humor. Even if the subject is super dry and boring. HTTP/2 internals? Piet breaks out his hacksaw. IoT architecture? Piet creates a drum computer the audience can play with from the comfort of their seats.
Why? Because he thinks it is essential that we share what we do and know. That's the best way to collectively get better at what we do.
Imogen Heap (Mycelia)
London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, one as Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), and collaborating with Jeff Beck, Mika and Josh Groban amongst others, Heap has penned tracks for movies, TV shows and produced the score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, winning the 'Outstanding Music in a Play' Drama Desk Award.
Counting 5 Grammy nominations, winning one for engineering and another for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Heap also received an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her MI.MU gloves work: a ground-breaking gestural music making system.
In 2014 she envisioned a flourishing music industry ecosystem through Mycelia and released ‘Tiny Human’, the first song to use smart contracts on a blockchain.
Creating an artist-led, fair and sustainable decentralised ecosystem, Mycelia’s 'The Creative Passport’ provides an ID for music makers to connect digitally with the music industry.With three world tours, sold out Royal Albert Hall and Greek Theatre shows and thousands of 5* reviews, this September Heap will embark on a year-long music and technology world tour.
Imogen made Hide and Seek. You may have heard it - https://youtu.be/UYIAfiVGluk
The provisional structure is as follows:
- 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat
- 7:00 - Brief introduction
- 7:10 - Piet van Dongen (Luminis) - The Internet of Drums
- 7:55 - Short break
- 8:00 - Imogen Heap (Mycelia)
- 8:50 - Closing thoughts and Pizza
All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending.
Hope to see you there,