Tag: musicxtech

Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers Launch Bloom: Open Space in Amsterdam

Several members of the Listen team have spent the past week in Amsterdam gearing up for an ambitious addition to our Music x Technology program with Microsoft. We’re beyond excited to launch Bloom: Open Space with Brian Eno (yes, that one) and his development partner Peter Chilvers at Trafo House, Westergasfabriek.

This installation unlocks the incredible creative power of Microsoft HoloLens, taking Eno and Chilvers’ popular app, also called Bloom, out of 2D and into mixed reality. Working closely with Eno, Chilvers, and the HoloLens team at Microsoft, we were able to bring this generative music and art piece to life — for five days only. After getting fitted for a HoloLens, guests at the installation can use simple gestures to create beautiful and engaging music and art in the air around them.

It’s the first foray into mixed reality both for Eno and for our Music x Tech program. As for what he hopes guests take away from Bloom: Open Space, Eno says, “I would like it if people come away from one of my installations wanting to slow down and take more time… It’s a question of somehow getting people to get into a different gear, to enjoy the pleasure of a slower rate of stimulus, to strike a new relationship with a piece of technology.”

Go behind the scenes of this mixed reality generative music experience in the video above, and check out photos of the installation below. If you’re in Amsterdam, grab a ticket and join us at Bloom: Open Space daily through February 25th.

Listen + Clios: Another One

Call Khaled because we got another one. We’re thrilled to share that Listen has nabbed a Bronze Clio Entertainment Award for our original game created with Microsoft and M83, Meet Me At Go!

The game draws on vintage ’80s arcade styling, and is optimized for touch screens (like the Microsoft Surface). We were inspired by M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez’s love of gaming to create this retro race game, which was released in place of a music video alongside an 8-bit remix (which we also composed) for his hit song, “Go!.” Play the game here, or read more about the collaboration here.

Listen Heads to Amsterdam for ADE

Calling all electronic-music fans! Listen is heading to Amsterdam for the sprawling Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which consumes the city October 18-22 with a mix of club nights, industry workshops and panels, and intimate performances from major artists. In between all-night ragers and carefully curated DJ sets, Listen co-founder Steve Milton and Microsoft Director of Strategic Partnerships Amy Sorokas will be sharing the latest from our Music x Technology program.

Part of the Dance & Brands ADE conference programming, our panel discussion, What Every Artist Needs To Know: Game Changing Technology, will take attendees through recent collaborations with Alison Wonderland, Childish Gambino, M83, and more, highlighting the customized Microsoft technology that took their live performances and music videos to another level. If you’re in town, join us on Friday, October 20 (12-1pm). Then, jet lag permitting, find us front row for EDM wunderkind Martin Garrix.