The Urban Collab Lab: Making Music in the Connected City brings together musicians, artists, and fans of both to explore the role of technology in supporting new forms of creative collaboration across economic, cultural, and geographic boundaries. It seeks also to discover more about how music emerges and evolves in a connected world where there are more phones than people.
In summer of 2013, Little Cloud partnered with Pawa 254, an arts and social justice hub in Nairobi, Kenya to lead a 2-day Urban Collab Lab with local artists, musicians, and technologists. Participants collected and geo-tagged sound clips via mobile phone and created compositions with the collected clips. They investigated the way in which the city is mapped, and how the intersection of sound, technology, and mapping might alter the story told about a place like Nairobi.