We need to talk about our musical diets

Skoogmusic was recently invited to speak at TEDxLancaster to talk about technology and the future. 

The Future is Now” aims to explore how we as human beings shape our presence and how it determines our future. The Age of Information has both its benefits and risks for society. Technology develops at an unprecedented pace, enabling humanity to reach unthinkable horizons. On the other end of the spectrum, however, people become more distant from each other, building high walls between themselves.

We need talk about our musical diet and rethink our relationship with music. These ideas have been inspired by working with young people with disabilities and this has opened the mind of Ben Schogler, CEO at Skoog Music, to think differently about music. How we enjoy it, teach it, share it and most importantly interact with it. In his talk, Ben explores the idea of the transformation of making music as a way to communicate with others to something we consume as ready meals. 

Having lost our relationship with music, it is time to find the way back. Discover why by watching the video below:

Ben Schogler: CEO of Skoogmusic

Dr Ben Skoogmusic PhD is co-founder and CEO of Skoogmusic. He started the company in 2009 with Dr David Skulina, following an educational research project at the University of Edinburgh that aimed to address the fact that there were no musical instruments designed for children with physical or learning disabilities. This led to their first invention – the Skoog, a ground-breaking, tactile musical cube that anyone can play. A successful first funding round in 2010 allowed the company to begin manufacturing Skoog at the company’s workshop in Leith, and in 2013, Skoog 1.0 launched online with the Apple store across the EU. Today Skoog has developed from an education and disability-led innovation into ‘the musical instrument that anyone can play’, with the potential to unlock the fun of making music for all children and families.

How can I have a go?

  • Skoog 2.0, is available globally through Apple, Amazon and now John Lewis.   
  • Questions? Get in touch with Skoogmusic here.