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Turning Environments Into Instruments

We all have our favorite places: Under a weeping willow by the Lake in Central Park. Strolling beside the reflecting pool at Lincoln Center. Watching the sunset from a riverside promenade. Many times we're listening to music on our mobile devices. Sometimes it fits, and sometimes it doesn't.

But what if the music was already a part of the place, waiting for you to discover it? And what if that music responded to your precise location in that place, morphing from section to section, allowing you to produce your own personal soundtrack, just by walking around?

U-GRUVE is the app that lets you do just that. Now you can create soundscapes with original music composed specifically for select public spaces. And because the arrangement is controlled by your position and interaction within the space, the resulting piece will vary every time.

All Original Music
Because every location is unique, the music must be as well. All U-GRUVE music is custom-created by our composers for each location
New Tracks Added Transparently
New locations, artists, and tracks will be continuously added to the app via the Cloud, so no need for intrusive updates or downloads
No Time Limit
Once you've received access to a location, composer, or track, you can take all the time you'd like to explore and listen
MixMap View
Like the regular GPS map, The MixMap displays your position in realtime, but relative to the audio zones defined by the composer
3D Sound Placement
Musical parts can be associated with statues, sculptures, and other objects, and, for example, can grow louder as you approach them
More on the Way in 2016
We have many more features planned, including: Path Saving, Social Sharing, Multi-player Mode. Stay Tuned!

Get Movin' and Get Gruvin'

U-GRUVE blurs the line between listening and performing, and turns your normal, passive, listening experience into one that is enriching, memorable, and unique, ultimately strengthening your connection to the places you love.

Download on the App Store Once you download and install the free app, here's all you need to do:
  1. Fire up the app.

    Make sure you've got GPS turned on

  2. Get to a u-gruve location.

    The app will show you the closest one. If you're there already, great!

  3. Pick a track...

    ...and start gruvin'!

Locations

At present there are six active U-GRUVE locations within New York City, with works currently in progress for Portland. As we include more composers from around the world, our geographic coverage will expand accordingly.

New York, NY

Currently Active Sites

Lincoln Center · Riverside Park / Hudson Greenway (89th-96th Streets) · The High Line · Central Park - Hallet Nature Sanctuary / The Pond

Summer 2016

Central Park - Conservatory Gardens · Governor's Island

Portland, OR

Summer 2016 (Public Beta)

Director Park

Your location is our stage. Let's work together!

u-gruve can be customized and branded for your specific location or event. If you represent an outdoor space like a park or a garden, we welcome the opportunity to join forces and produce a unique musical experience for your visitors.
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Find out about partnering with u-gruve

 

Composers

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Open Call For Composers

We're still on the hunt for forward-thinking composers who are interested in helping to establish this new channel for music experience. And while the nature of the format lends itself well to loop-based music (minimalism, electronica, etc.), all styles and genres can work and are welcome. Get in touch, and we'll send you a copy of our Composer's Guide.
Get in Touch

Find out about composing for u-gruve

 

About

about

self-portrait_2013-squareU-GRUVE AR was designed and created by Richard Rodkin, a New York-based composer and creative technologist. The app was officially launched for iOS on May 07, 2016, in conjunction with the inaugural session of New York Creative Technology Week, and was selected as an exhibiting partner.

memetic arts, inc. U-GRUVE AR is published by Memetic Arts, Inc., a New York-based digital media company focused on bringing innovative Creative Tech-driven applications to market.

unity-logo U-GRUVE AR is made with the Unity Technologies game engine.

playMaker The User Interface is also built within Unity, and leverages the Hutong Games' PlayMaker plug-in, for dynamically managing and displaying the data and controlling all UI interaction.

logoNGUIThe UI itself is rendered by Tasharen Entertainment's NGUI plug-in for Unity.

All music appearing in U-GRUVE AR is used with permission of the composers, who retain full ownership and copyright of their respective works.

DevBlog

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Help make u-gruve even better!

U-GRUVE officially launched in early May 2016, and we released version 1.0.1 on 18 May. Version 1.0.2 is in PUBLIC BETA, so if you live in or near a U-GRUVE location, own an iPhone 5 or higher, and would like to become a beta tester, we'd love to hear from you. Android users, don't despair, support is coming soon!
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Find out about Beta Testing