Skoog and Swift Playgrounds
On June 1st Apple announced the latest update to Swift Playgrounds – a revolutionary iPad app from Apple that makes learning to code fun and interactive.
The news about Swift also featured at WWDC 2017 Platforms State of the Union session.
Watch the video. (Skoog features from around 4mins 45 seconds)
Swift Playgrounds now supports connection to Skoog. With Swift Playgrounds and Skoog, users around the world can learn and apply fundamental coding skills to program, control and make music with Skoog. With specialized lessons for iPad, Skoog and Swift Playgrounds allow students to write code and see it come to life in the physical world. Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. It makes programming easier, more flexible, and more fun.
Breaking News! MIDEM 2017
Skoogmusic has been unveiled as one of 20 young music businesses to reach the 2017 shortlist of Midemlab – the world’s leading music startup competition which is part of the renowned Midem music industry conference hosted each year in Cannes.
With alumni including Soundcloud and Kickstarter, this prestigious ‘hotlist’ is picked by some of the music industry’s leading figures and features the 20 most promising and innovative businesses that are breaking new ground for consumers’ experience of music. A finalist in the ‘music creation and education’ category, the Skoogmusic team will pitch to judges – including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda – on 7th June with winners being announced at Midem’s prestigious gala dinner for 200 international music industry decision makers that evening.
Commenting on the announcement, Co-Founder Dr Benjaman Schögler, now the company’s Creative Director, said:
‘To find ourselves on the shortlist of this year’s Midemlab is an incredible honour, given the calibre of the competition’s judging panel and of the businesses that have made it on to this shortlist in the past. We are now stepping up our efforts to take the Skoog message and experience to the global stage in what is set to be a transformative year for our business.’
Last year Apple hosted over 50,000 field trips in their 485 retail stores across the world and in April 2017 Apple updated its retail Field Trip landing page to include Skoog. Apple stores will offer two new Field Trip sessions globally with the cubic musical instrument created especially for kids by the Edinburgh based startup Skoogmusic ltd. Skoog is a musical instrument anyone can play – watch the video here.
9 to 5 MAC: https://9to5mac.com/2017/03/31/apple-launches-new-field-trips-app-store-page-autism-acceptance-month/
Find out more about the story behind Skoog 2.0 below:
Skoog 2.0 is available to purchase online on the Apple Store and from retailers and distributors around the world. To find a distributor or retailer in your area visit our where to buy pages. To find out more about Skoog check out the links below:
Skoog User Stories
Some example of Skoog being used across different situations – in education, by a young musician with Williams Syndrome and in music therapy with autistic children:
- Skoog 2 Product – https://vimeo.com/146421065t
- Research / Story – Short Interview with Inventor Dr Schogler – https://vimeo.com/130760245
Skoog in Action
- Emma Clark (Skoog musician) performing with ‘Digital Ensemble’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRO0EbzPnjE
The Digital Orchestra is a group of talented young musicians with disabilities who meet up at Drake Music Scotland’s studios every week to rehearse, develop their musical skills and create new music using inclusive music technologies.
Skoog hits TECHCRUNCH – https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/05/skoog-2-0/
Skoog on BBC Reporting Scotland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fww4RqPmQQ
Skoog & Technophonia on BBC Reporting Scotland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PivH-XzV7w0
Skoog Feature on BBC Reporting Scotland – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2qaTTte4g
Original Skoog Project
NESTA / Edinburgh College of Art – http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/reid-school-of-music/research/projects/the-skoog
- Times Education Supplement