A lot’s happened since I last wrote. Life can be pretty interesting. Changing career and moving to another country is just the tip of the iceberg. The great thing about this is that I now have the opportunity to dive back into something that was always really important to me: writing – and specifically, writing about music and technology for a general audience rather than (or as well as) for a handful of academics.
I am the director of Music Tech Fest – the global festival of music ideas, and it represents a series of interests of mine that have been part of the New Music Strategies story all along, but which never really had the opportunity to come to the forefront. It’s about music and innovation in the digital age – but it’s not just about marketing, promotion and monetisation. In fact it’s almost exclusively not about that – which is so incredibly refreshing.
Music Tech Fest is a community of brilliant artists and technologists, members of industry and academia, makers, hackers and performers all coming together to celebrate and invent the future of music. New types of instruments, new internet-connected products, new art and new collaborations.
As well as incredible performances and demos on the main festival stage, there’s a 24 hour hackathon, a place where anyone can get together and jam with the latest kit (and some famous musicians!), a kids hack camp, installations, and lots more besides.
The ideas are wonderful – and our next festival (our tenth!) at the end of May in Berlin features bionic artists, GUNK – Geek Punk, #MusicBricks, transhumanism and music as an extension of the human body, re-shaping the music industry with Blockchain, music as a social glue, interactive multisensory performance, immersive 3D music in VR space, the music of migration, ancient and future technologies from the junkyard to the laboratory.
The highlights video above will give you a pretty good indication of the kind of delightful, surprising and brilliant innovation and performance that goes on at the festival.
It’s a really exciting space to be in and I have a lot of stories to tell and thoughts to share on this front – and I thought it would be great to dust off the old blog, fire it up again, give it a fresh injection of new thinking and set it to work again.
So here we are. I’m excited to talk to you more about this stuff in the coming days and weeks ahead – and I hope to see you at #MTFBerlin. You really should be there.