Microsoft NERD Labs, 21-23 March 2014
We were at Microsoft NERD Labs, for a special Music Tech Fest which gathered great creative, researdch and innovation minds from New England’s hub of music technology. We were joined by the guys from Berklee, MIT, Harvard, McGill, Northwestern, Rutgers, Boston Uni, iZotope, The Echo Nest, and a bunch of exciting startups.
Nancy Baym and Jonathan Sterne gathered a bunch of inspiring thinkers from a cross-section of research disciplines, and launched the Manifesto for Music Technologists in view of influencing the future of research, society and policy. Hundreds of signatures later, the numbers of supporters keep growing.
11:00am MTF Special: Posterity hacking – Developers, APIs and the music archive
A live linkup to the British Library Sound Archive’s ‘Keeping Tracks’
12:00pm The Ministry of Measurement, Adam John Williams, Paul Lamere (The Echo Nest), Redstar Union
1:00pm Xiao Xiao (MIT), AudioCommon, Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Noteflight
2:00pm MusicBiz.org, Bryan Pardo, iZotope Iris demo
3:00pm Panos Panay & Ken Zolot (Berklee Creative Entrepreneurship), Pandemic.fm
4:00pm Jonathan Marmor (The Echo Nest), MaxD
5:00pm RecordME, Eric Rosenbaum (MelodyMorph)
6:00pm Peter Torpey (MIT), Wax Limited, Sonos
7:00pm MTF Special: David Blutenthal of Boston Music Tech Meetup Group hosts the Music Tech Fest UnConference.
Join the Impromptu, Unstructured Conversation Sessions. Go explore!
SATURDAY 22ND MARCH
12:00pm Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research), LJ Rich (BBC Click)
1:00pm Hard Hittin Ent, OpenAura, Chrysalis Guitar
2:00pm MaKey MaKey , Tutti Player, Trill
3:00pm Soundslice, Hack for Music Therapy, Mmmmaven
4:00pm Sofar Sounds, LiquidScore, Sonation
5:00pm Norbert Schnell (IRCAM), Music Minds at Harvard
6:00pm Together Festival, Moduloktopus, CRaTER Live
7:00pm Mashed Up and The Piracy Crusade, Moodsnap, iZotope BreakTweaker
8:00pm Roundware, Joshua Fineberg (Boston Uni) tech-ing the Arditti Quartet
10:00pm HACKATHON CONTINUES AT REDSTAR UNION FOR AN ALL-NIGHTER MUSIC HACK PERFORMANCE AND IMPROVISATION WITH LIVE MUSICIANS
SUNDAY 23RD MARCH
12:00pm David France presents The Revolution of Hope, Thicket, Anthony de Ritis
1:00pm CataRT: real-time MIR, Tonic, Grouptones
2:00pm Wayne Marshall (The Echo Nest), Bundio, Abjad Notation Library
3:00pm Presentation and performance of the hacks from the Music Tech Fest Hackathon
Followed by Hacker prize giving
7:00pm MTF Special: Arditti Quartet concert at ICA Boston thanks to Boston University
We are a community with a festival, not a festival with a community. For more content from everyone involved, go to our tube channel, our blog, our little birdie, F**B, the square photo, the two dots, and Blink Tin.
Here are some of the heroes who have helped us build this ecosystem over the past 5 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, 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.