Rubik’s Cube Sequencer is a very complicated musical instrument. To compose; place the right cube in the right box and then twist the cube to get the desired combination. What is the difference between playing a game and playing music? And who is the winner?
The technology is based on Philips Hue, the new wifi LED lightbulb. A number of Hue lights are arranged in the windows so that each one of them represents a pixel in the game. The whole building becomes a real-time interface via a camera stream from a nearby building.
Big Beat is probably the largest drum machine in the World. It’s also some sort of choreographic machine, a place for social meetings and a game. Hold buttons to create rhythms. Find the tones hidden at certain beats and move to the next level.
In this project 6 different species of monkeys (and some others) were given different synthesizers. Are humans the only primate that enjoy creating music? This social study was a collaboration between Voltfestivalen and the Skansen-Aquarium in Stockholm.
InvisiBall is a new game concept for two persons. It’s a game played in a pitch black room, blindfolded or by blind people. It includes 3-dimensional sounds, infrared sensors, accelerometer control and music. InvisiBall will be presented in various contexts in 2012.
Das Lied Von Der Erde is composed with music and sounds into a story about human loneliness and isolation in a world full of communication technology. It was was released on Sweden’s small I/O records and nominated for the Grammy award in 2015.
August 10, Stockholm Culture Festival and the opening of Kulturhuset’s new library had a grand opening. The sounds and noises of Stockholm joined forces with a chamber music orchestra. Music composed and conducted by Hakan Lidbo.
Xoiiox is a strategic board game and a musical instrument made for humans 2.0. It can be described as playing chess on ice and compose music at the same time. Xoiiox is a difficult game. Designed and composed by Håkan Lidbo, developed and programmed by Robin Enhorn.
The Yellofier transforms any sounds into funky music in literary one second. The app can be used as a professional production tool or as a amusing toy. It’s developed with and for Swiss synth legends Yello.
Pluggsymfonier is music that helps you focus when studying. three specially composed songs for different study situations by Håkan Lidbo, based on compiled research by sound researcher Martin Ljungdal Eriksson. Initiated by University of Borås.
Who said dishes have to be pretty and tasty? In Toca Kitchen 2 you can be creative and come up with your very own recipes and treat your guests to something special. Juice tomatoes, boil the salad or make a weird shake.Sound design and music by Håkan Lidbo.
Håkan Lidbo was asked by Arla, Sweden’s biggest manufacturer of milk and butter, to make Christmas Carols from recorded cows. We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silent night and Nu Är Det Jul Igen, three traditional Swedish Christmas songs interpreted by cows.
Music Walkways are magic musical carpets, that play music when walked upon. The walker control the speed of the music with the walking speed or layers of loops with their walking style. Music Walkways are programmed by Per-Olov Jernberg, sound design by Håkan Lidbo
Singing Tunnels is a project by Max Björverud and Hakan Lidbo. A microphone picks up the sound from the tunnel, detecting the pitch of the sound with PureData, playing back a sampled female voice singing the same pitch. The result is a tunnel that sings with you.
HACK is an interactive, self-generating sound and video sculpture, a mountain made of old speakers, record players, cassettes, amps, turntables, VHS and TVs. It’s created, constructed and composed by Håkan Lidbo, Andreas Tilliander and Joel Dittrich.
Urban Twist is a collaboration between Swiss electronic music legend Boris Blank and Håkan Lidbo. The song is made only with the Yellofier app to prove it’s power and flexibility. For Håkan Lidbo this record is in many ways i dream coming true.
Every year the radio show Ström give an assignement to swedish producers of electronic music. This year it’s more ambitious than ever, and by far the most complicated. They get one future scenario each and their job is to create music the way it will sound – in the future.
One of the strangest records ever released is now out as an e-book. The artist interpreted their own reviews. They wrote and performed songs already reviewed before the songs existed. A short circuit in the createve process, an experiment, food for thought.
Big Cubes are probably World’s biggest midi controllers, made for creating collaborative music at parties. Playing with them is a very different, very physical and very amusing way to create music. It’s an instrument where it’s actually an advantage if the performers are a bit drunk.
MIPIM is the world’s largest real estate investment convention where investors from all over the World meets to do business. Håkan Lidbo arranged a given text about Stockholm from an investment perspective, but as a hyper synchronized percussion session.
Sounds For Driving is a project to explore how music and sounds can be used to compensate negative emotions that comes with driving a car. Håkan Lidbo, in collabo-
ration with sound expert Martin Eriksson, will create specially made music for different driving scentarios.
Spelskalle (Gamehead) turns anything in everyday life into a game. It’s a book that makes life more fun and makes you see the World around you with new eyes. Johan Lidbo and Hakan Lidbo have created a whole new category of games where life itself is the court.
January 22 was the start of the World’s probably biggest app music contest ever. Get the Yellofier VW app and make a remix of the songs by Swiss synth legends Yello/Swedish techno producer Hakan Lidbo. The winner Adriano Capizzi won a Volkswagen’s new electric car, the E-Up!
In collaboration with Stockholm Visitor’s Board and Stockholm Business Region, the Swedish music producer and sound-artist Hakan Lidbo have created a series of interactive installations to promote the city of Stockholm as the city of music, sounds and innovations.
This new weather app is developed by GoMarcoPolo Learning Inc NYC, music and sound design by Hakan Lidbo. Have fun while learning – the “digital sandbox” design seamlessly blends education with engaging play.
Blind Bots is a game for 2, 4, 6 or 8 players. It’s some sort of mix of Blindman’s Buff and Pacman. One player is the controller and one is a blind fighting robot. With a joystick and buttons various voice commands is transmitted to the robot’s helmet from the control station.
Ström Åt Folket means “Power To The People”. A documentary about Swedish electronic music from 1953 to 2013. Today’s international Swedish DJ superstar phenomena explained from the very beginning when this music was misunderstood and ridiculed.
As a part of the Voltfestival, 25 specially manufactured robots invaded central Stockholm and central Uppsala May 7 2011. The robots can do nothing but go forward. The goodness of people makes them fulfill their task, not any advanced CPU, GPS or AI.
A new urban sound project by Håkan Lidbo and ethnologist Elin Franzen. How does Stockholm sound compared to other cities in the world? Stockholm Noise is an online sound archive and an exhibitions with 4 stations at Stockholm Culture Center.
BIB BOT works as a museum guide at Malmo Museum, constructed and programmed by Johan Strömbom and built by Isak Nordell. BIB’s exterior is designed by Yuri Suzuki, her face and sounds are designed by Håkan Lidbo.
October 10, 2012, Håkan Lidbo has been invited to talk about his different projects within music and art. In Hamburg 2013, together with Boris Blank of Yello as a part of the theme “City 2.0″ and in Göteborg 2012. The theme of this TED event was “Beyond Borders”
In the C3N app, music is represented by orbiting circls in an endless space. Inspiration comes from both the gravitational properties of planets and stars – and from the exploration of the inner space, influenced by the teachings of Zen.
You rule in Toca Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! With different locations and many classic Toca Boca characters, the everyday adventures in Toca Town are infinite. Sound design and music by Håkan Lidbo.
Sommelier and wine writer Alf Tumble and Håkan Lidbo explore the sound of the popping cork. What key is this sound? Do all bottles sound the same? Can you even tell something about the properties of the wine by listening to the pop?
Welcome to Toca Lab! Explore the colorful and electrifying world of science and meet all 118 of the elements from the periodic table. Discover elements by experimenting with the lab tools! All sounds and music by Håkan Lidbo.
Download this free pdf action figure. With a cutter, some string and glue you can make a 12 cm tall Håkan Lidbo character. Use the action figure as home decoration or invent games with Håkan Lidbo, his laptop and iPhone.
Toca Hair Salon is the 3d edition of the multi-million selling, awarded app from Toca Boca. Give your friends and family a totally new look! Simply snap a picture and you’re transported to a world of hair-raising fun!
Students from Berghs School Of Communication did a video mapping project where they were asked to create animated visuals, in synch with music by Håkan Lidbo. The visuals were divided in two separate films, projected on the front and the back of a vintage radio.
BeatBar is an interactive bar where the guests create music with the drinks. Meeting, drinking and enjoying good music has always been a successful combination but with BeatBar drinking alcohol has never been so creative.
An interactive sound- and music installation at Stockholm Central Station as a celebration of the station clock that has returned to it’s original place after more than 100 years in oblivion. The travelers create music and take part of the story of the clock by walking on colored dots.
Absolut Ruby Red release 2006: The Evolutionary Musical, an oddball animated production by Stockholm-based agency Great Works that trumpets the Swedish vodka brand’s newest flavor. Music and sound design by Hakan Lidbo.
The 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships will take place in Sweden. 600 athletes from 50 countries and 20 000 fans will come to the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg. All the music for the event will be composed by Håkan Lidbo.
Dark, changing images, amorphic music, shapeless spatiality represent an inner chamber for regression. Regression Chamber is a collaboration between the video artist Martin Söderblom and Håkan Lidbo exhibited at Norrtälje Art Gallery Jan 18 – Feb 10 2013.
The new exhibition at Aquaria Water Museum in Stockholm takes you to the magic World of seahorses. Learn more about these strange creaturesat the exhibition were the music was made by Håkan Lidbo.
Blue Beat is a collective, collaborative, choreographic, giant orchestra. By moving, running and dancing over the instruments, sounds are triggered, all in synch and all in key. You simply cannot fail.
Folk music has dialects that comes from the history, the traditions and the people of a province. But is it possible for today’s electronic musicians with synths and laptops to make music that reflects their home province? Just like old Swedish folk music.
Art Bots is a project where the visitors at Sweden’s National Museum of Technology and Science create their own art by inventing and constructing art robots. They are given a variety of components but no instruction how to assemble the robots
How will Stockholm change? What kind of society are we building for ourselves and for future generations? As a part of the exhibition Stockholm On The Move, Hakan Lidbo was commissioned to create a 4 channel sound scape to illustrate a 14 m wide info wall.
Strategovarius is a strategic music game for two players on touch screen. Kkeep the sound-dot on your own side as long as possible and to avoid the tail that follows the sound-dot. When the dot runs over the edge of your field, it appears on the equivalent side of your opponent.
Toca Builders is a creative game for iPad or iPhone. Six skillful characters build anything you can imagine. Toca Builders is developed by Toca Boca, music is composed by Håkan Lidbo where each character has it’s own musical theme.
At the Rockbjörnen Music Award 2012, Håkan Lidbo made a mix of the 5 nominated songs in the category “best pop song of the year”. The song, previously completely unfamiliar to the artist, was cut up in some sort of dub step mash-up, performed at the award.
1.15 hrs totally improvised music with no preconcieved songs or musical ideas. A short 5 minute soundcheck was done before this group of people played together for the first time. The Forge are: Martin Rössel, Lars Cleveman, Michael Blair, this time with guest Håkan Lidbo.
Hakan Lidbo was asked to make a musical interpretation of Stockholm’s Ethnographic Museum’s new exhibition “Magasinet”. A mash-up of almost 100 years old recordings by Swedish explorers. Stories of a journey through the hostile deserts of Asia and how to prepare a meal of human flesh.
Move The Needle is an interactive performance with 4 turntables playing vinyl records with specially composed and specially cut records, through 8 speakers forming a circle around the audience. It was first performed at Stockholms inner city shopping mall Gallerian.
Toca Band is a fun music app for kids and grown-ups. Meet the tiny, but super-fast rapper Stick Figure and all his friends. Toca Band is for iPad and iPhone. The look of the characters and their sounds have been developed in close collaboration between Håkan Lidbo and the Toca Boca Designers.
Bonniers Konsthall Remix is an app that will let you remix DJ Hans Berg’s song “Hit, Stroke, Turn”, commissioned for Bonniers Konsthall’s exhibition “More Than Sound”. Programmed by Jonatan Liljedahl, designed by David Lilja, project management by Håkan Lidbo.
In December 2011 Håkan Lidbo did a collaboration project with video artist Joel Dittrich. The design students at Berghs School Of Communications were given 12 seconds of music each. The assignment was to make visual interpretations of the music.
As a part of the Eurovision Song Contest, Håkan Lidbo performed a mashup of four Swedish hit songs, all named “Electric”. The music was arranged like some sort of archeology as these song have been strongly infuenced of each other. Sometimes even shamelessly copied.
Toca Train is the latest app from Toca Boca. A fun and friendly train simulator. The controls are intuitive and there are no written instructions. Just pull the levers, push the buttons and start exploring the island with your train! The music is composed by Håkan Lidbo.
CCC Pad is a creative music interface where sounds and video can be played in a new and intuitive way. January 11th, Håkan Lidbo performed an electric mashup at the Swedish semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest with a prototype of the CCC Pad.
In order to find the most optimized way to help owners of Electrolux Oxygen Air Purifier to fall asleep, Electrolux teamed up with Håkan Lidbo, combining specially composed ambient music with a soft voice reading the machine’s incredibly boring user manual.
SynComposer in an ongoing collaboration between visual artist Dan Spegel and Håkan Lidbo. By playing the SynComposer game you also explore different ways of visualizing music. And at the same time you collectively create music and animated art.
“Brevet” is a collaboration between Jörgen Pettersson, one of the most respected saxophone players in contemporary music, and Håkan Lidbo. The dynamic, acoustic recordings of Jörgen’s saxophones filtered, edited and manipulated through Håkan’s electronics.
Swiss synth-legends Yello have made a new and exciting website. The production, mix and design of the website is a collaboration between Håkan Ullberg (design), Philip Clevberger (programming) and Håkan Lidbo (music and management).
Pausa is an app that helps you find inner peace and new energy. With exercises in mindfulness you will become more aware of your breathing, your body, emotions, thoughts – and you will be more in the present. With music composed by Håkan Lidbo.
After hundreds of years of street buskers; Irish folk fiddlers and Peruan pan-fluters, Voltfestivalen presentes busking in a new and modern way. Colouroid, Cornelia, Noisebud, Cynthia Stern, Kymatica, LM393, Sloppy Science and The Bird Who Fell To Earth take electronica to the streets.
At Voltfestivalen 2011, Uppsala’s Chamber Choir performed two influential songs from the history of electronic music. By Björk and New Order. Arranged by Mårten Josjö and initiated by Håkan Lidbo for Voltfestivalen.
3 players dance together—but also by themselves. Creating beats and motion graphics with their feet. Body movements are transformed into shapes and sounds. 3-step is created, designed and composed by Dan Spegel and Håkan Lidbo.
In the quiet environments of libraries, churches and museums fine sounds appear, sounds that we usually wouldn’t notice. But how does silence sound, and what would it look like if we could see it? And what if it was translated into music?
Voltfestivalen, Sweden’s leading festival for electronic music, is celebrating its fourth anniversary. June 9 Uppsala Concert Hall was filled by both International and Swedish electronic superstars as well as mind-expanding installations and art.
Quasimodo Jones is a guitarist, vocalist and song-writer from USA, collaborating with Håkan Lidbo in what came to be one of the earliest mixes between electro and trashy rock’n'roll. The album Robots & Rebels was released on Berlin’s Shitkatapult Records.
In june 8, 2004 Håkan Lidbo did a session for legendary radio presenter and alternative music oracle John Peel at BBC, radio 1. The music is an intense mash-up of the music released by Håkan Lidbo at that time.
Köksradion (The Kitchen Radio) is a new radio concept that explores how food, wine and music can be matched. They can strengthen each other or they can ruin the whole dinner. This is radio for all senses, not only for your ears, but also taste and smell.
Voltfestivalen 2011 offers electronic music spanning many different genres, from experimental projects, through smashing dubstep to pumping raw techno. Voltfestivalen 2011 is bigger and better than ever and focuses even more on visual art and VJs.
100 radio receivers play at full volume, spread out 1 meter apart. Different sounds from all of them. C Receptoribus was an installation at Voltfestivalen 2011. Radios provided by Swedish Radio Corporation, concept and performance by Håkan Lidbo and Ström/P2.
Birds Of Hedasen is a collaboration between electronica producer Motoko Ishii and Håkan Lidbo.Rhythms by Håkan Lidbo, amospheres, textures, vocals and mix by Motoko Ishii. An avant-garde story about nature and life expressed in 6 songs.
The annual Stockholm City’s Honorary prize go to people who are “important to the cultural life of Stockholm”. In 2011 Håkan Lidbo got the prize for the Sergel Symphony, performed as the opening ceremony for the Stockholm Culture Festival 2010.
The electronica radio show Ström and Håkan Lidbo has launched a new project. 14 Swedish producers will play the game Chinese Whispers but with music. July 8 the full track, edited together as one massive, more than one hour long track, will be presented.
Long animal transports are not only cruel but also unnecessary. The campaign “8-hours” has made a film to support the animal’s rights. To make it illegal to transport animals longer than 8 hours. The music was made by Håkan Lidbo.
Aviiva is a new game concept built on abstract graphics, sounds and music. It’s a strategic game where the ability to remember melodies is an advantage. The game will be presented in fall 2011 but until then the rules of the game is our secret.
Hakan Lidbo aims at breaking a World Record: most composers on one single track. Anyone with some skills with a music program can download the two samples and create 4 bars of music. The final song might turn out as the greatest electronic dance song of all times. Or maybe not. Deadline is june 27, 2011, then we will see.
Stockholm’s daily paper DN invited a wide spectra of Swedish DJs, producers of electronica and composers of contemporary music to remix a favourite piece of clasical music. The project was initiated by the music critic Martin Nyström and the CD was compiled and managed by Håkan Lidbo.
Kammartronika is a collaboration between Ström at Swedish Radio and Berwaldhallen, the home of the Swedish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. A concert evening where chamber music meets electronica. Ida Bach Jensen, Martin Herterich, Ström i P2, Chambertronica.
Hakan Lidbo did the music for Floating City, filmed, edited and designed by Viktor Blanke. The film had it’s first screening at Sydney Design In Motion 2010. Floating City is about urban structures, patterns and rhythms. With film and music in perfectly synchronization.
Trancelaysions is an exhibition at the House Of Culture in Stockholm Aug-Oct 2010. It’s also a web site where any text in any language can be processed by a chain of machine translators. Missunderstandings and errors occur and what comes back is both strange and inspiring.
Swedish radio have commissioned a short musical piece for the vuvuzela, the much debated plastic horn known from the football World Championship in South Africa. The music, called “Zuzuvela” had it’s premiere around the final of the World Cup.
Håkan Lidbo’s album grf_rmibht9 comes from a project at Berghs School Of Communication in Stockholm. The students were given one track each to make a visual interpretation. The theme is synch – Significant audio elements in the music should have a visual counterpart.
Voltfestivalen, the new electronic music festival. 2010 lineup was even stronger than the first year. Some of the most interesting international and Swedish artists. Art, visuals and installations. Welcome back to Voltfestivalen 2011, june 11!
April 24 2010, the citizens of Stockholm were asked to record the sound of Stockholm and come to Kulturhuset where 4 electronica producers took the recordings and remixed it into music. The event was a part of the annual Culture Night of Stockholm.
8 The P2Ström iPhone application, a creative six-channel mix with some powerful effects and cool features. You can also click the “band” button and select which instrument you want to play – and if you hook up with some fiends with iPhones, you can start an electronic pop-band.
Oljud Stockholm / Stockholm Noise was an exhibition at the Museum Of Music in Stockholm at the Stockholm Culture Festival 2009. Håkan Lidbo and the ethnologist Elin Franzén asked five artist to make remixes of the most disturbing sounds in Stockholm.
June 4, 2008, a radiosignal was broadcasted towards Cassiopeia. From Esrange, Swedish Space Corporations sattelite station in northern Sweden. The signal was music for alien civilizations, a message from Earth saying that we are friendly – and we want to make contact.
8 As a part of promoting a series of 25 recordings of classical music, the biggest Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter have asked artists to make remixes of these recordings. Håkan Lidbo picked one of his favourites from Beethoven. The great 5th.
Håkan Lidbo’s radio show Ström asked 12 well-known Swedish artists to pick a song they dislike, or even hate, and produce it their own way. To confront their deamons and to get in touch with the origin of their musical creativity. Like musical regression therapy.
This album is much more than simply a compilation of cool digital birdcalls. For 42 years Swedish National Radio broadcasted “The Pausbird Of The Week”. The geekiest radio show ever. This album is also a memorial celebrating by-gone radio days.
60.01.60 – the techno equivalent to Wagners “Ring of the Niebelungen”… sort of. A collaboration with choreographer, film maker, graphic designer and designer. A 60 min. dance performance, 60 acts of one minute each, following strict mathematical patterns.
When Sweden is struck by a national dissaster. Like the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme, or when the ship Estonia went down and hundreds of Swedes drowned, the radio play very mellow and careful music, old and traditional – so New Music For National Grief presents new, electronic music composed for this purpose.
8 electronica artists gathered in a studio in Stockholm to create music. The musical labour was only interrupted for lunch and coffee breaks. 8 hours of improvised electronica was recorded and each of the artists received one hour of music that they mixed and edited to one of the eight tracks.
This video is made from 17 different videos made by the students at Beckmans design school. The task was to synchronize the video so that each musical element had a visual counterpart – and each musical element a given place at the screen.
As a part of the Voltfestivalen June 6, 2009, Swedish artists were asked to remix the Swedish National Anthem. It was written a long time ago and not many people know the lyrics to the second verse. We thought it should be modernized to reflect the new, multu-cultural, technological and open-minded Sweden.
Data 80 is Håkan Lidbo’s collaboration project with the self-aware neurological network Data 80. By analyzing every pop song available online, comparing with sales charts and number of hits on the net, the perfect pop songs were composed. Håkan Lidbo contributed with up-to-date electronic arrangements.
Industrial Cool is a project at The University of Lund where ethonologist Robert Willim explores the aestheitc aspects of industrialism and how it has changed over the years. In this project Håkan Lidbo collects musicians to interprete the sound of a Sugar Raffinery. Industrial music for laptops.
Chambertronica is a collaboration project between three classically trained, visionary instrumentalists and three composers that use elctronics as their main instrument and tool of composition. Tradition and technology. Chambertronica is music never heard before.
Håkan Lidbo is involved in the developement of a new software music and video instrument. The inventor is Rikard Lindell, former electronica producer. A beta version of the program was tested at the NMM festival 2008. Håkan teamed up with fellow electronica producer Sophie Rimheden and VJ Måns Nyman.
Mitote was ordered in 2003 by National Swedish Radio P2 for the 40th anniversary of EMS, the electronic music studio in Stockholm. Mitote is a piece of Electro-Acustic Music blending the aesthetic from EAM and noise art with electronica and the repetitive beats from the today’s club music.
Håkan Lidbo has made music for internationally awarded campaigns. He did music for Absolut Vodka’s Ruby Red interactive rock musical. He also wrote one of Sweden’s biggest hits from commercials; the JC campaign that was awarded as the best advertising music in 2001.
Composer Mårten Josjö arrange electronic muisc in unexpected acoustic arrangements. At Voltfestivalen 2010 the Volt Guitar Trio performed some of the most important songs from the vaults of electronica. How does this sound on guitar? Find out here.
The World’s biggest gaming event Dreamhack was broadcasted live as a sports event by Swedish National Television. The games World Of Warcraft, Counter Strike, Streetfighter and Quake was broadcasted like a sports event, hosted by Miguel Bonett, World Champion in Counter Strike. All music was made by Håkan Lidbo.