MIDEM Hack Day, last January’s special Cannes edition of the non-stop marathon which sees developers come up with new music apps or websites, produced some amazing hacks (which you can see here). Yet it was the MIDEM presence of Imogen Heap, the ultra-connected artist, which truly inspired the hackers: they put together an app which would enable her to answer her many fans’ many questions, in audio.
From this result eventually came Takes Questions, a Soundcloud-based open platform for absolutely anyone, which has since notably been taken up by musicians as varied as a UK X Factor star and indie band Everything Everything. And by MIDEMBlog of course, who used it to ask Soundcloud’s Dave Haynes the following questions:
- How did Takes Questions grow out of the Imogen Heap hack done at MIDEM 2011? (click for Dave’s answer, on Takes Questions)
- Why did it take on bigger proportions than the other hacks, and what’s the intital update been? (Dave’s answer)
- Is there a plan to monetise Takes Questions? (Dave’s answer)
Without wanting to ruin your fun on takesquestions.com, Dave’s answer to this last question is that there are no plans to make money with the site: it’s rather destined to be something useful for people; like the other innovations you can find on Soundcloud Labs, the showcase for applications built on Soundcloud’s platform. Enjoy!