#MTFLabs Vocal Tech
“The human voice is a powerful instrument, whose potential many of us rarely explore. Our voices allow us to communicate our thoughts in complex ways, beyond just the words which are chosen. The way in which our words are spoken - the tone, fluctuations, the subtle pauses - all of these are part of this complex vocal expression. The human voice is capable of creating so many unique sounds, and yet the range of sounds most humans will use in their lifetime is incredibly small in comparison.” - Ginger Leigh
This spring, an extraordinary gathering of creative coders, visual artists and vocal experts assembled at Music Tech Fest in Berlin, forming the first crossdisciplinary #MTFLabs: Vocal Tech.
The vocal tech lab explores new technologies responding to, interpreting and shaping the expressive power of the human voice. A multi-day laboratory brings together a range of artists and innovators to experiment and explore at the edges of current technologies, with the results converging on a spectacular multimedia performance on the main stage of the festival.
The first #MTFLabs: Vocal Tech was directed by experimental vocalist Harry Yeff (aka Reeps One) and what was presented on the main stage as a result was a highlight of the festival. The laboratory’s 72 hours of ideation was retold as a multimedia performance, weaving prototype demonstration in among breathtaking vocal evocations by a chain of expert and award-winning vocalists attending the festival.
Writer Anastasia Niedinger has contributed ‘It’s Time To Talk About The Voice’ - an article exploring in more depth the technologies, ideas and innovators of the #MTFLabs: Vocal Tech that took place as part of #MTFBerlin in May 2016.
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
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.