MTF Paris

IRCAM, Centre Pompidou. 21-23 November 2014

During the weekend of 21-23 November, IRCAM - Centre Pompidou became a creative playground for experimentation with new music technologies and new ideas for music performance. Everything was allowed: hacking into existing controllers, collaborating with professional musicians, experimenting with new ideas in situ, impromptu jumping onto the stage. The Music Tech Fest “Gunk” (Geek Punk) ethos is all about being totally hands-on with technology, rough and ready with noise making, and experimental with the immediacy of self-expression. We do not encourage smoothing over cracks, fixing it in the mix, or autotuning. Nothing is a mistake and there are no rehearsals. But you can always expect a few surprises.

We find that music is a social glue. The Music Tech Fest community is active on all fronts. MTF Boston gave us the Manifesto for Music Technologists and hundreds of signatures. At the “afterparty” symposium on Monday 24th at IRCAM we discussed Human Music Interaction.

London brought us the awesome and surprising Kids Music Hack run by our partners Sandbox Education. Berlin initiated the Telejamming with Barcelona and Telehacking with Boston. We continued these experiments in Paris with another Telejamming session and a Paris-Boston Telehackathon.

Paris also brought us Women in Tech run by the awesome G.Hack in conjunction with our partners C4DM at QMUL. Music Tech Fest Paris ran in conjunction with the IRCAM FORUM.

We are a community with a festival, not a festival with a community. For more content from everyone involved, go to our tube channelour blogour little birdieF**Bthe square photothe two dots, and Blink Tin.

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.