The #MTFResearch Network
Music Tech Fest is a platform that not only brings together artists and developers, but also some of the greatest academic minds working at the intersection of music and technology from across a wide range of disciplines.
The symposium that takes place on the Monday following each MTF event has given rise to an international, interdisciplinary research network that meets at each Music Tech Fest for discussion and the formation of new research projects at the intersection of music and technology.
Researchers working at the intersection of music and technology - whether in computer science or cultural studies, neurobiology or musicology, in industry or academia - are welcome to become part of the #MTFResearch Network, providing access to ongoing online collegial discussions and debates as well as opportunities to collaborate in transnational research initiatives.
One of the key research initiatives at the heart of the MTF research community centres on the social technologies of the networks of Brazilian independent music collectives known as Fora do Eixo. The research into the solidarity economy framework, digital tools, social infrastructure, and political and cultural context of independent music in Brazil is now being developed into a documentary film, Occupy Music. Watch the teaser trailer above.
At the first #MTFResearch Symposium in Cambridge, MA in March 2014, a group of scholars gathered together to articulate and agree upon a series of principles that underscore their research into music and technology. The academics came from a range of disciplines including social media theory, cultural studies, musicology, computer science, media history, psychology and neuroscience.
Led by Nancy Baym and Jonathan Sterne and facilitated by Annette Markham, the principles were assembled into a Manifesto for the Future of Music Technology Research, which has since been undersigned by over 450 scholars and policymakers around the world.
“Let music technology do good, serve public interest, foster belonging, justice, collaboration and sharing, enable greater access to positive musical experiences and personal connections, and create durable objects and practices…”
We are all music technologists - and this is what we hold to be important.
The #MTFResearch Symposium
Each #MTFResearch Network Symposium takes place on the Monday following the Music Tech Fest weekend (the fourth day of a three-day festival).
There are no presentations of papers or panel sessions - this is not a conference. We invite researchers to present and discuss their work as part of a collegial symposium conversation. All participants take part in a moderated discussion on each of the topics, and a round table discussion seeks to connect the dots between different disciplines. Participants explore ideas through a wide-ranging discussion.
Topics addressed at earlier #MTFResearch events have included: Music as data, metadata, information and meaning; Music as a site for collaboration across divisions; Transhumanism: music as an extension of the human body;HMI: Human Music Interaction; and Music as a tool for social change.
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together the international #MTFResearch network to reflect on the ideas that come out of the festival, to share cutting edge research across disciplines, to further the study of music technologies and to initiate collaborative research projects.
HMI: Human Music Interaction
At the London Music Tech Fest symposium we launched the field of academic enquiry of Human Music Interaction (HMI). HMI situates the human, social and cultural activity of music-making centrally within the study of music technology as an interaction with tools and systems that facilitate that interaction. HMI unites the processes of scientific scholarship and cultural research to consider music as a piece of human communication - one that relies upon and develops technological intervention for that transaction, but which is also situated within a social and cultural construct. HMI equally prioritises all aspects of that communicative process and provides the framework for truly interdisciplinary research projects that integrate art and science rather than pay lip service to this junction.
Join the #MTFResearch Network
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.