Workshop with Spotify, music & smartphones
Feedback from our workshop using the Community Centre dropdown screen, our projector, the portable bluetooth speaker, the Spotify app on a laptop and free-version Spotify on our training smartphones.
After the workshop we found video and photos from a Music Stories workshop in March 2013. We still have the 50+ Digital playlist created at that time – it now has more than 400 eclectic tracks and plays for more than 28 hours.
Spotify on the smartphones
- We have installed the free Spotify app on 14 of the Android phones, registered to bold.org.uk training email addresses.
- Individual listening, not a shared group experience.
- Learners should use their own earbuds, headphones.
- We will make a handout for people who would like to use their own free-version Spotify account on our devices.
Spotify on a laptop projected to the large dropdown screen
- We knew it would work because we have done it before.
- Portable bluetooth speaker – loud enough and sound quality good for the workshop.
- Premium account allows us make and share playlists — also advance download CD quality playlists.
Future streaming music workshops
- Probably same as past workshops about memories triggered (or even restored) by music.
- Spotify has a huge catalog of decades-old music. It definitely includes the lifespans of everyone involved in 50+ Digital.
- We are thinking of reviving Music Stories (see the video below), perhaps on Monday afternoons.
Spotify and streaming media
Spotify playlist links (Spotify account required)
- 50pd 01 (playlist for the workshop).
- 50pd 02 (playlist made at the workshop).
- Composite playlist for Cultural Interfaces (created for workshops with the RCA February & March 2013).
Music and memory
- Why Does Music Bring Back Memories?
- Why Does Music Evoke Memories?
- Music: The Last Thing We Forget
- Why does music evoke memories?
Music Stories (19 March 2013)
Bring it on home to me
Location: Lawns Digital Inclusion Centre, Matthias Rd (5 minutes from walk from Mildmay Community Centre). The helpers were students at the Royal College of Art. This was one of a series of ‘Cultural Interfaces’ workshops that they organised for us.