Music Tech Fest by Ian Wallman

Berlin, 2016





Music Tech Fest is the global festival of music ideas and a giant creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performance, music hacking, and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and business in a vibrant environment. Unique collaborations, new works created on site, premieres of future technology, and a visionary community, make each event an exciting landmark gathering. MTF is cross-genre, international, enriching, and inclusive.




#MTFLabs by @PeterKolskiArt

Berlin, 2016






MIT Media Lab presents a documentary by Sheila Hayman about #MTFLabs Performance+Body featuring Viktoria Modesta.

Berlin, 2016




A really magical happening, I’m challenged and excited - Eska, Mercury Prize nominee

Such a diverse and creative festival - Ian Wallman, Producer

Insane day of wonder and experiments - Viktoria Modesta, Bionic artist


Founded in London in 2012, Music Tech Fest has taken place multiple times in Berlin, London, Paris, Umeå, Boston, Ljubljana, and Wellington, and is now in its 10th edition. MTF works with ground-breaking artists, sponsors, business, and world-leading institutions including SoundCloud, Warner Music, element14, Ninja Tune, Philips, Sonos, Fraunhofer, TU Wien, IRCAM and MIT Media Lab. By bringing together the MTF community and companies, the festival enables businesses to test, expand and innovate rapidly as well as talent-spot, and individuals to receive support, connections, exposure and advice for their ideas and projects.



The Music Tech Fest team has expertise in large-scale music tech incubation, project management and exploitation of research, most recently through the ground-breaking #MusicBricks scheme for accelerating music tech projects to market, which brought on 11 new ideas and teams, and established a suite of development tools from sensors to APIs.



The Music Tech Fest ethos is underpinned by a Manifesto. In March 2014, amazing minds from the MTF community including researchers from Microsoft Research, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, McGill and Rutgers, gathered at Microsoft Research NERD Labs and created the international Manifesto for the Future of Music Technology Research which has since been undersigned by hundreds of supporters from a variety of backgrounds including science, arts, industry and politics.


Here are some of the heroes who have helped us build this ecosystem over the past 4 years:

Jason Singh, Adam John Williams, Matt Black-Coldcut, Eska, Graham Massey, Emika, Nitin Sawhney, Reeps One, Viktoria Modesta, Martyn Ware, Laura Kriefman, Ezra, Grace Savage, Shlomo, Synthestruct, Crewdson, LJ Rich, Jamie Cullum, Scanner, Tim Exile, Mørk, Ross Flight, Leafcutter John

Ninja Tune, Warp, Soundcloud, RJDJ, The Echo Nest, Spotify,, Shazam, Mixcloud, MusicBrainz, Musimap, B3 Media, Drake Music

Reactable, Alphasphere, Ableton, Native, ROLI, Izotope, FXpansion, Teenage Engineering, Toontrack, Serato, Soundation, Bare Conductive, Jays, Dizzy Jam, Grain Audio, Ultrasonic

element14, RS Components, Makey Makey, London Music Hackspace, Music Tech Meetup, Monthly Music Hackathon, Innovation Warehouse

The BBC, Abbey Road, Warner Music, EMI, RCA Records, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, WIRED, MTV, Stephen Fry/Penguin, Realta Films, Rebel Uncut, Riff Raff Films

Sonos, Volvo, Philips, Microsoft Research, Cisco, Swedbank, Red Bull

EU Commission, DMIC, British Council, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Cankarjev Dom, MSUM, Umeå Kommun, Region Västerbotten, Uminova,, Guitars Museum, NZ Music Commission, Sounds Aotearoa, Sound and Music, Redstar Union, Factory Berlin

MTG, IRCAM, C4DM, Fraunhofer, BCU, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Music Minds, Berklee College of Music, McGill, Goldsmiths, Umeå University, Royal College of Art

...and an ever growing list of music tech startups with great ideas on how to reinvent this space.

The Music Tech Fest evolved from the ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE OF MUSIC TECH.

The Music Tech Fest soundtrack is growing courtesy of those great guys at Soundcloud.

Every network should have a soundtrack.