Two months in advance of #MTFBerlin, a group of artists, designers, hackers and makers gathered on a quest to create a new icon for the music industry. The result was a series of concepts, including ‘Smokification’ by Anouk Wipprecht for Viktoria Modesta and ‘Sonified carbon fibre body suit’ by Selina Bond and Adam John Williams.
The first image of this series takes pride of place at the top of the #MTFBerlin community website. It is a collaboration between several artists and makers under the creative direction of Viktoria Modesta and Joanna Hir. Carbon fibre body by Selina Bond with shoes by Iris van Herpen X United Nude and creative concept for electronics by Anouk Wipprecht, sonification of the carbon fibre body by Adam John Williams. Prosthetic by the Alternative Limb Project. Photography by Nhu Xuan Hua. Styled by Joanna Hir, assisted by David Asmutis. MUA by Lan Nguyen-Grealis, hair Kim Roy, and set design Helen Sirp & Lisa Jahovic. Produced by Michela Magas and Viktoria Modesta.
Between the 23rd and the 27th of May 2016, some of these amazing minds will join specially invited artists, makers, designers and inventors to explore interactive performance and ‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’ in a secret chamber of the legendary Funkhaus. Results of this collaboration will be accessible by hackers on Friday 27th and audiences on Saturday 28th of May, during #MTFBerlin.
In the last week of May 2016, the legendary Funkhaus turns into a giant creative laboratory - a labyrinth of rooms and corridors filled with curious experiments that fuse musical performance and cutting edge technologies. Artists you know well (as well as some you should - and will very soon) team up with the scientists, makers, hackers, designers, creative developers and genius inventors to create strange machines, amazing mixtures, incredible experiences and transhuman wonders. With experiments in mindreading controllers, interactive performances, microbiology synthesisers, bionic extensions and junkyard robotics - the laboratory of #MTFBerlin is a place to explore, discover, and get involved.
We usually announce the very latest innovations at the last minute. Our official application process closes a couple of months before the event, so if you have missed this opportunity for an official selection, but still have a burning ambition to show what you have just created, contact us. We won’t be able to guarantee a place for late submissions but if we can slalom you into the programme, we will.
To get a sense for the performance stage, watch the above highlights from #MTFParis at the Centre Pompidou, #MTFLondon at the Barbican LSO St Lukes, #MTFScandi at Sliperiet in Umeå, #MTFCentral at Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, and the 2014 edition of #MTFBerlin at Factory.
Transhumanism “epitomises the most daring, courageous, imaginative and idealistic aspirations of humanity”. Bionic artists will create new musical fashion wearables; creative technologists will splice the inherently experimental Gunk (geek punk) ethos with notions of gender and accessibility to create new forms, new powers, and new ways of being anything other than merely ‘normal’. The element14 Hack Camp at #MTFBerlin will provide 50 selected artists, hackers, makers and developers with the tools they need to build new ways of interacting with music.
Music is a social glue that brings together innovators and creatives. Blockchain tech offers the chance to make the economics of music genuinely fair and provides an industry-wide test case for disruptive innovation across verticals. Innovation that applies the latest technologies to age old problems provides not just new revenue streams, but whole new industry paradigms.
The results of the week-long blockchain laboratory will be showcased at the festival. Industry insiders will have an exclusive preview of new #MusicBricks products and startup ideas at the #MTFAmplifier networking event that brings together the entire music tech business ecosystem.
“Sound is such an organisational force. It has so much power.”
Reeps One on his work with Cymatics, #MTFScandi, May 2015
“Lemon is basically like being punched in the face with an A (major)”
LJ Rich on synaesthesia induced by Emil Åreng, #MTFScandi, May 2015
The MTF ecosystem includes music innovation, sonic arts, music hacking and making, music as a tool of social inclusion and social change, and projects that use music technology in media, medicine, public space, everyday life and transversally across industries beyond the normal reach of music. The #MTFResearch Network explores these ideas in the symposium on Monday 30th, following the festival. The 4-day ticket provides entry to the symposium and membership of the international research network as well as the full weekend festival programme.
#MTFBerlin is at Funkhaus - a fantastic venue for music technology enthusiasts. It boasts what is to this day the largest recording studio on earth, phenomenal acoustics throughout, and contains many of its original technical features. Its period decor and grand scale made the building itself into one of the stars of Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film Bridge of Spies. With half-price concessions for students, regular free shuttles to and from Ostkreuz station, and access to spaces that would ordinarily be completely inaccessible to the public, Music Tech Fest is an incredible opportunity to perform, collaborate and experiment in this uniquely historic venue.
The Music Tech Fest community could never have grown without support from amazing brands and organisations who have recognised its innovation potential. Above are just some of those heroes of this innovation ecosystem. At the bottom of each page of our website you will find a longer list of credits. We wish we could include every startup and every one of the hundreds of forward thinkers who have built this space with us.
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, Graham Massey, Nitin Sawhney, Reeps One, Martyn Ware, Ezra, Shlomo, Crewdson, LJ Rich, Jamie Cullum, Scanner, Tim Exile, Mørk, Ross Flight, Leafcutter John
EU Commission, DMIC, British Council, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Cankarjev Dom, MSUM, Umeå Kommun, Region Västerbotten, Uminova, Ume.net, Guitars Museum, NZ Music Commission, Sounds Aotearoa, Sound and Music, Redstar Union, Factory Berlin
…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.
Every network should have a soundtrack.