#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.


#MTFLabs: Vocal Tech

with Harry Yeff AKA Reeps One



Amaron Allen
Seth Alward
Aaron Barner
Maité Boubou
Pippo Ceretti
Olga Cheban
Ricardo Cunha
Louis d’Aboville
Mark Donnellan


Danil Hlivnoi
Dina Labinska
Ginger Leigh AKA Synthestruct
Brandon Martinez
Veronika Massold
Prash Mistry
Tatjana Perowa
Deniza Popova


Polina Proutskova
Rupert Rose Antoine
Tatiana Samokhvalova
Bertie Sampson
Neeta Sarl
Grace Savage
Piotr Suszczyñski
Andrew Vanichev
Zach Walker

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

Ninja Tune, Warp, Soundcloud, RJDJ, The Echo Nest, Spotify, Last.fm, 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, 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

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.