A Mid-September Open Labs Update
The trip to IDF 2014 in San Francisco was everything the Open Labs team could’ve hoped for. The Intel Developer Forum is one of the top annual conferences/gatherings for new tech products and other innovations sprouting from the Intel brand. Stagelight got a lot of attention this year, and the Open Labs team was able to confer heavily with our partners at Intel. Some other big-name partners, Linkin Park, also helped out with the Stagelight coverage via a video keynote address delivered by frontman Mike Shinoda.
If you’re not familiar, IDF brings “technologists” and other authorities together for discussion on Intel-based products. The first IDF was in 1997, and there is usually both a spring and fall edition of the conference. This was the first trip to IDF for Open Labs; it was an incredible introduction to the event.
The conference began with a bang as Open Labs CEO Cliff Mountain delivered a keynote discussion to the assembled technologists. The subject of Cliff’s talk was Stagelight’s upcoming release on Android. Stay tuned for more updates concerning that development. Mike Shinoda, frontman for Open Labs partner Linkin Park, was also present (via video) to discuss how his superstar band uses Stagelight and Intel technology while they’re on tour. This keynote also featured a DJ performance from Stagelight’s UX Director, Chris Brown. Chris got the crowd moving with tracks and instruments inside Stagelight’s LoopBuilder feature.
Open Labs also participated in a showcase of Stagelight for Windows and Android at IDF’s “Mobile Garage” area. For three days, the wide variety of IDF attendees – students, developers, press, etc. – got to see how intuitive and innovative the Easy Way to Create Music is, and how simple the app works on both platforms. Several bloggers and social media figures got up close and personal with the Stagelight app, so keep a lookout for those reviews to pop up soon. Open Labs will share them across our social media when they appear.
In other news, the two contests Open Labs is currently promoting are rolling along splendidly. The September edition of the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest (#MonthlyMusicContest) is quickly coming to a close on its first segment of voting. On Saturday, September 20th, the top ten songs with the most SoundCloud “likes” will be sent to the Linkin Park Underground for final voting. So for anyone who still wants to enter, you need to get your song up as soon as possible. Go to this link to enter: http://bit.ly/W3DuYM
And if you want to throw some support behind one of the current tracks, check out the contest page on SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/1u4c2Jr
The #TeamUp with Timbaland contest is also still accepting entries. One of our previous blog posts laid out all the important dates and rules for #TeamUp; at this point there are more than 2,000 songs entered for the chance to work with Timbaland (as well as the many other prizes that will come to the winner). Voters and fans can see the contestants and listen to their songs here. What’s important is that everyone keeps the date of October 13th marked on their calendar – that’s when the final five finalists will be announced. Can you imagine cutting down all those entries to only five tracks? The contest judges have their work cut out for them. That also means anyone who wants to enter must create a track that sets them apart from the rather large crowd that’s already gathered.
Open Labs is also continuing to develop our delivery methods for Stagelight music creation info. Plans are in place right now for a new YouTube video series of “Stagelight Tips and Tricks,” which will update our older tutorial videos and walk interested parties through the many capabilities and tools in the Stagelight interface. Make sure to visit the Open Labs YouTube channel regularly; that’s where the Tips and Tricks will be available.
That’s the news for this week. As always, Open Labs is open to comments and suggestions from our ever-growing community of musicians worldwide. Let us know your thoughts and hopes; the Easy Way to Create Music will continue to improve through our conversations.
Good luck and keep composing.