Background: ALL FIGURED OUT (AFO) was one of several SONUTION-instigated 'Sonietal initiatives' (series of micro-interventions in society using audio), in this case to identify isolated, moody teens in real life and use the iOS music-making app, "Figure", as a change tool before they are ensnared by hard substance abuse. By facilitating their collaboratively producing a loop/clip, it thereby prompted their social interaction and finding belonging through shared creativity. Pun intended (to get your life FIGURED out)! It stayed running for 2.5 years, and we ended it in January 2019 due to de-support of the app announced by Allihoopa, its developer (it's a tough industry to stay afloat in, as music sites like TIDAL and SoundCloud know all too well).
Setup and Results: We started off with a hypothesis... that you don’t have to be a professional to help a troubled and lonely person, and they don’t have to be a musician to make epic tunes. As three Sonutioners (TW, Cr8iv1, and ha-BEEP) with zero psychology qualifications, we took this initiative to our respective neighborhood high school. In the early days each would give their phone to one antisocial youth with the app preinstalled who they encouraged to produce a bassline, then the phone would be physically loaned to another who would layer on a lead, and finally a third would complement with a drumbeat. The Sonutioner -- being proficient in audio engineering -- then finalized the clip by tweaking notes and polishing mix settings, exported the audio using Loopy and share back with the collaborators, triggering the potential for local friendships.