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Bowie – Music, Art, Technologist

Being a lifelong fan of David Bowie, his death was sudden, shocking and very upsetting. Like Lennon, Elvis, Jackson and many more, Bowie will be a name that will be talked about and remembered for generations, and his music listened to for many many years.

What people don’t reason about Bowie is the fact that he was also a forward thinking technologist.  So, with weheartdigital being a forward thinking technical company, I thought I would highlight some of his more amazing milestones in technology.

CD Rom (1994)

For the single Jump a PC CD Rom was created, so users could create their own video for the song. At the time the music industry and PC industry were worlds apart, this bought them closer together.

Cybercast of Earthling Concert (1997)

This was early days for doing a live broadcast over the internet, most people wouldn’t have had a connection fast enough!  And the term ‘Cybercast’ I wish it had stuck but was replaced with Streaming which is a bit dull really.

BowieNet (1998)

He started his own ISP in 1998 which gave his fans a unique experience of instant chat, virtual worlds, download images.  At the time was a much more immersive web experience than ever attempted at the time and gave subscribers the email address [email protected]

Video Game (1999)

He created the soundtrack to the video game Omikron.

Music Download (1996)

Bowie was one of the first artists to release a song  (Telling Lies) for download only on the web.  You had to go through a payment gateway to do this.  When you think abut it, 20 years ago purchasing music over the internet.  7 years before Apple launched iTunes.

BowieWorld (1998)

5 years before Second Life, a 3D chat world where users could create avatars and interact.

Bowie achieved many things in Art, Fashion, Music and Digitally, its simply stunning how his mind looked forward (releasing Blackstar 3 days before his death an amazing example).  To quote the man himself in 1998 –  “If I was 19 again, I’d bypass music and go right to the internet…

Just search the web and there are 100s of articles out there detailing this stuff but a few of the best:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdL3NR9Yno0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei2cYCfW7MY

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3394622/We-cusp-exhilarating-Watch-David-Bowie-accurate-prediction-internet-s-future-2000.html

R.I.P Bowie, you’ll be missed x

WHD’s year in numbers, 2015

So, another year of WHD life has ended.  2015 was an interesting year for us.

Here is our year in numbers:

1
grade II listed building purchased by whd to be the new Totnes HQ

2
new staffers at whd: welcome Rich and Lisa

3
number of times Ryan smiled this year
(it’s an improvement on last year!)

4
months since the launch of Stiler

5
companies adopting our social product Yak for their social media engine

12
months since Tina moved to Belgium and weheartdigital eu was born

22
flights on the new route connecting Exeter with London City Airport

45
hours spent perfecting our Innovate UK grant application

58
bicycle commutes through central London – on your bike Andy!

100

events ran by De Salve

240
train journeys from Devon to London made by Andy

300
tablets configured for The Jockey Club’s new menu system

2130
cups of coffee consumed by whd staff this year

So what does all this mean to us? It means we have stayed inventive, enthusiastic and ahead of the game.

We delivered and have a ton of happy clients who recommend us to others.

Personally I’d like to say thanks to the team in house, thanks to the suppliers, thanks to customers and thanks to the technology that enabled it all.

So, um, thanks

Lisa and the weheartdigital team