In the lead up to the launch of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app, we’d like to tell you a story about the journey that got us here.
This is the final chapter of ten blogs by project manager Barbara Palczynski, charting the ten months it’s taken to turn ideas into reality.
Download Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app on Thursday 9 July for free!
The Race to the Finish Line – June 2015
Rather like commissioning a new piece of music, there comes a point where a composer simply has to submit the score or there won’t be time to rehearse it before the performance. Getting to the point where we all feel happy to submit our app to Apple feels quite stressful. But we are in a strong position, and we have now built numerous Beta versions. All the other in-app content is in situ and suddenly it looks like it is nearly ready! We are a few weeks behind but Nesta say we are within the acceptable margin of error for a digital product launch. We presented the app publicly at Southbank Centre’s Web We Want festival and we will present it again at London Technology Week. We are managing to think about more fun things too, like making T-shirts with our cool designs.
We have frequent team meetings splitting into mini groups to revise gameplay, marketing, proof-reading, video layouts, and as the Project Manager I can sense the adrenaline pumping through the team. We are relying now on real-time iterations and instant turnaround for feedback. If you take your eye off your inbox for half a day you are already out of the loop.
So we are starting to think ahead to some of the live events that we are planning for the summer, including a live workshop at Southbank Centre on Saturday 1 August, where anyone can join us and London Sinfonietta percussionists to show off their new Clapping Music skills. It should be fun! We’ll release more details of how to join in nearer the time. So keep following us on Twitter, Facebook, and most importantly, download the app for free on Thursday 9 July!