Music Tech Fest went to Liège, Belgium as part of Wallifornia Music Tech at Les Ardentes Festival, 5-6 July 2017. We gathered 14 young people (9 girls and 5 boys) aged between 12 and 16 and spent the day with them building handmade musical instruments, software and devices.
The creations were showcased on stage in a performance that had the students take on the role of aliens from other planets where instruments and sounds differ radically from each other, but through musical collaboration, a common ground could be found and they could combine in a single performance that brought them all together.
The Sparks were coached in their building and performing by Tom Fox (instrument building), Helen Steer (maker education), Alexandra Antonopoulou (narrative design) and Stefano Piermatteo (creative development).
Thanks to Gérôme, Greg and Alice from Wallifornia Music Tech, the organisers of Les Ardentes Festival and the whole MTF team for working with our fantastic coaches to make this #MTFSparks event possible.
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.