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.
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.