KTH hosts international Music Tech Fest in September

Published Aug 22, 2018

The international festival of music ideas and innovation, Music Tech Fest (MTF Stockholm), is coming to KTH in September. During the week Sept. 3-9, a global array of artists, researchers, creators, innovators and – of course – KTH students will meet to explore and invent new ways to create and experience music. The multi-disciplinary event also puts a strong emphasis on gender equality.

In addition to music as a unifying force, MTF Stockholm involves a range of technical topics: artificial intelligence, neuroscience, synesthesia, and blockchain technology, to name a few. Music Tech Fest welcomes people of different gender and with diverse backgrounds and interests. The idea is that at least half of the MTF Stockholm programme participants must be women.

“KTH and Music Tech Fest share a common focus and many of the same values,” says Sanna Cedergren, project manager for KTH's involvement in MTF Stockholm. “It's about getting more girls and women in tech environments, from education to working life. We are confident that research, education and entrepreneurship require equality in order to achieve the highest quality.”

Be part of MTF

KTH students and researchers are invited to participate in the MTF Stockholm Symposium, and the festival is offering openings for student volunteers. Enjoy the entire festival and make amazing new connections. Click here to find out how!

Headed up by an impressive slate of “Women in the Lead” of music technology, science, art, design, policy, industry and innovation (including Grammy-award winning recording artist and producer Imogen Heap), the festival aims to create as many connections and collaborations as possible. Ideas born at MTF often take on a life of their own, and develop into business ideas or patents. One example is the Interactive Cube, a physical interface for manipulating sound that first took shape at MTFScandi in Umeå in 2015. During the last five years, MTF has also affected the highest level of policy through recommendations to the EU Commission and the G7 leaders.

The fact that KTH and MTF found each other is no coincidence, says MTF founder Michela Magas.

"Sweden is an international hub for innovation, and KTH is an outstanding university, where new ideas are translated into industry and in everyday life,” Magas says. “The fact that MTF is organised together with KTH is a perfect basis for growing unexpected collaborations and inventions that we will see more of in the future.”

More than 150 researchers and students from KTH, including robotics Professor Danica Kragic, are taking part in the festival. Kragic will launch the MTFLab in Reaktorhallen, focusing on AI and Performance, which brings together experts from robotics, data, fashion tech, VR, neuroscience and more. The labs at MTF Stockholm are expected to lead to completely new hybrid technologies and will culminate in exclusive performances for select festival audiences. Imogen Heap’s Mycelia lab will be devoted to developing new technologies for blockchain based applications that build upon music rights and attribution data management.

MTF Stockholm begins on September 3; and the public portion of the festival opens September 7 and ends Septemberr 9. Tickets are on sale now. Most activities take place in Undervisningshuset, Brinellvägen 28 A, Stockholm. The festival also includes a weekend workshop for girls, which is presented by Tekla Festival, which KTH has organized together with Robyn since 2015. Registration for the Tekla workshop is closed.

Johan von Heijne

MTF Stockholm website

This is MTF

Festival Guide:

MTF Stockholm is organised around nine distinct spaces where you can experience some of the ways the future of music is being invented (Most of the activities take place at the KTH campus’s Undervisningshuset, Brinellvägen 28 A, Stockholm, except where indicated).

EXPERIENCE FLOOR

Immersive real and virtual environments, including VR and streaming from major world orchestras, sonified cities, Imogen Heap’s Mycelia experiences, and the Swedish Music Tech Toolkit.

PROFESSIONALS FLOOR

Special pro areas including the JAZZIZ Lounge with exclusive guests in conversation and high end gear, the Music Tech City of the Year Awards, and a VIP lounge with exclusive content.

FAMILY FLOOR

A whole weekend of family fun with Robyn’s Tekla girls hack, special session with Imogen Heap’s MiMu gloves for kids, music making workshops with the Electronic School Concert and lots of play in the Sparks family space.

SHOWCASE FLOOR

Back to back demos and performances on the innovation stage showcasing the latest inventions, and a Playground area with new and vintage music tech gear that visitors can experiment with.

INNOVATION FLOOR

The space for thinking out loud with tangible instruments, meet hackers and creatives from all areas of expertise, live experimentation and jamming in a marathon of invention.

PRODUCERS FLOOR

Media and music productions, including broadcasters, video makers, press, and a 24 hour marathon in music-making by professional composers and music producers.

#MTF LABS: #Performance #AI (R1 Reactor Hall, Drottning Kristinas väg 51, Stockholm)

Experiments in AI, Robotics, Data, Fashion Tech, VR, Neuroscience and more, lead to completely new hybrid technologies and culminate in exclusive performances showcased to select festival audiences.

#MTF LABS: #Mycelia #Blockchain (Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm)

Imogen Heap leads a week-long lab devoted to finding solutions and creating new technologies for blockchain and music rights data management. Exclusive previews of the results will be showcased to festival audiences.

#MTF RESEARCH (KTH Biblioteket, Osquars backe 31, Stockholm)

Luminaries from the MTF research community address AI, Human Music Interaction, Radical Inclusion, Digital Archives, Music Rights and Blockchain.

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