Sam Gribben is the founder and CEO of Melodics – a music education software platform. As the former CEO of Serato and a champion of music tech in the context of New Zealand, he discusses what makes a place work as a capital of innovation, of music tech and creativity – and why Auckland might be an attractive place for people looking for an alternative to a programming or startup career in Silicon Valley.
Morgan Donoghue is the Managing Director of inMusic, which includes brands such as Denon, AKAI, Alesis, M-Audio, Marantz, Numark, and Rane. He was the CCO at Serato for 5 years and is an investor in both Melodics and Nura Headphones. He’s an advisor, Splice.com and was global head of music at Vodafone as well as label manager at EMI. He’s had a stellar career in music and tech and has helped shape today’s digital landscape in some major deals in extraordinary circumstances.
Celine Xu is a Senior Data Scientist at Axel Johnson, a huge group of companies in Sweden with millions of daily customers. She creates and develops AI recommendation systems for industrial applications. She explains how Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) make those systems smarter – and how she applied that to music within the MTF AI Labs at Örebro University.
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova – Sweden’s Government Innovation Authority where he invents the future of cities. This is the second in a two-part series in which Dan explores the history of the future of digital music, the cultural and sociological context of musical experience, the designer’s search for identity at the birth of online interaction, the idea of speculative design for cities.
Anders Liljeborg, Li’l Borg, is a musician and composer studying at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He writes and produces music in a variety of styles.
As the Director of MTFLabs, Michela Magas curates and leads an ecosystem that specialises in democratising AI innovation. At events around the world, she brings together a diverse range of expert scientists and world class artists to experiment with cutting edge...
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova – Sweden’s Government Innovation Authority where he invents the future of cities. His story brings together innovation, design, music, technology, gender, computer science and lots more. He’s been the Head of Interactive Tech at the BBC, Director of Web at Monocle, CEO of Fabrica, Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, Executive Director of Future Cities Catapult, the Spice Girls’ web designer and much more…
Ethan Hein is an adjunct professor of Music Tech at NYU. He’s also the inventor of the Groove Pizza – a unique musical interface that decodes rhythm.
Charles Ess is a philosopher and Media Studies professor at the University of Oslo. He specialises in the study of ethics in the digital age, and specifically the ethics of AI and robotics.
Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Almeida is returning to releasing music after a long hiatus to re-evaluate life, become a parent and work on other creative pursuits. She talks about her past experience with major record labels as well as her fascination with parlour guitars from the 1800s and the magic embedded within them.
Matthias Strobel is the founder and president of Music Tech Germany. In this week’s podcast he tells his personal story of success and failure in the music tech startup world and explains where the whole sector is heading and what it needs most right now.
Jeni Oliver is the Creative Industries Development Manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Scotland. Jeni nurtures and supports businesses from handcrafters to games developers and connects them with the world. She spoke to MTF Director Andrew Dubber at XPONorth in Inverness about the importance of place in the creative sector and in innovation – as well as why these sorts of creative businesses are now at the forefront of innovation for all of industry.
Harry Yeff has been a big part of MTF’s mission to put human creativity at the heart of AI development. He’s a beatboxer and experimental vocalist who also happens to be at the cutting edge of AI research. He’s been in residence at Harvard University and Nokia Bell Labs and has developed his collaboration with neural networks expert CJ Carr at a series of MTF events since they first met at MTF Scandi in 2015. He joined MTF Director Andrew Dubber for a conversation about his unique talents and curiosity during the recent MTF Örebro event.
MTF teamed up with Örebro University for “Humans in da Loop” – a meeting of minds between academia, innovators and industry. The immersive labs at MTF Örebro focused on democratising AI innovation and putting humans and creativity at the centre of artificial intelligence. At the showcase finale, the university’s new Pro-Vice Chancellor of AI, Amy Loutfi joined Niclas Molinder CEO of music rights company Session and MTF founder Michela Magas on stage to discuss what it takes to break down the barriers between different knowledge areas.
Robin Rimbaud is Scanner. He’s a sound artist and composer who explores the experimental terrain between sound and space. He introduced his work and his life in sound on stage at MTFBerlin in 2016.
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