- Musician & Founder of Sleevenote
2021. An age of reckoning, confronted with our past failures where the ‘Armageddon’ predictions are now a stark reality. We believe that it was human ingenuity that got us into this mess, and it will be human ingenuity that gets us out of it. We need radical change, but where will change come from? and who can lead the way?
Today we are talking about FOREVER® with Tom Vek, Founder of Sleevenote.
Tom is polymath creative. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist musician, a graphic designer, a software creator and now, most recently, a hardware creator. Originally a graphic designer, Tom released his first album having landed a record deal after graduating from Central Saint Martins. A fascination with album art and its minimisation through the digital music platforms led to the Sleevenote app. A software platform for delivering album art alongside the digital listening experience.
And now Tom is working on a hardware version of Sleevenote. A square-screen, hi-fidelity, stand-alone music player for album lovers. A new music format for the decades to come.
Looking through your parent’s record collection was an important introduction to music. Holding the manifestation of recorded music and being fascinated by the artwork.
Making music gave me a let's get stuck in and give it a go attitude.
Before iTunes came along you would design an album and know that the vast majority of people were going to experience the artwork.
We've managed to design a square screen device purely for playing music.
I love the idea of inventing something that manages to constrain tech somehow in a good way, like a deliberate constraint.
I'm extremely excited about the whole thing because it is an experiment, a kind of a test as to whether the physical manifestation of digital music is the best of both worlds.
We want to get to that point of it being an iconic device. The idea of having this experience where you're going to listen to some albums without distractions.
You can find more on Tom at sleevenote.com
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