KTH will host international Music Tech Fest in September

Music Tech Fest was launched in 2012 as a “festival of music ideas”, in an attempt to bring all music tech creators and thinkers under one roof. (Photo: Andrew Dubber)
Published Jan 31, 2018

KTH Royal Institute of Technology has partnered with Music Tech Fest to host the next installment of the organization’s acclaimed international symposium and festival of music ideas.

From September 3 to 9, 2018, #MTFStockholm will bring together academia and industry, artists, makers and scientists from around the world to celebrate and invent the future of music - right here at KTH.

Music Tech Fest is a giant interactive laboratory where brilliant minds collaborate to create groundbreaking innovation sparked by music and creativity. In addition to showcases, performances and demonstrations of new technology, the festival includes a hackathon, a kids hack event, academic symposium and sonic art installations.

#MTFStockholm will also involve a series of intensive and creative labs that will address grand challenges.

Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH, says: “KTH is proud to partner with Music Tech Fest as host of this extraordinary event, bringing together artists and researchers to creatively explore the boundaries of technology. This is a wonderful way to express our institution’s motto, ‘Science and Art’.”

Music Tech Fest has held 10 major festivals as well as multiple innovation labs and testbed events over the past five years - including at the Barbican St Lukes in London, at IRCAM in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at Funkhaus Berlin, at Slush in Helsinki, in the national concert hall of Slovenia Cankarajev Dom in Ljubljana, at the Sliperiet innovation centre at Umeå University, at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, MA and at Sounds Aotearoa in Wellington, New Zealand.

Festival founder and European Woman Innovator of the Year, Michela Magas said, "We are so delighted to finally bring MTF to the capital of Scandinavia. Stockholm is one of the most progressive and equality-minded cities on the planet, and we are especially keen to reflect the inclusivity and diversity of the city, and highlight the women of music tech. Partnering with KTH with a long term view is also a fantastic opportunity to give this nomadic innovation festival a place it can truly call home."

In the week leading up to the festival, #MTFStockholm will host an event in the R1 Reactor Hall at KTH, says Dubber. “We have some phenomenal international recording artists lined up to collaborate with scientists, programmers, designers and makers to help invent the future of music, industry, society and the planet in this unique and inspiring space."

Dubber explains that ideas which begin at Music Tech Fest are regularly supported to go on to have a life beyond the festival. Collaborations and new projects that start during hackathons or backstage at the festival create commercial products, file patents, form new businesses, initiate new research projects, bring new ideas into unexpected industry areas and inform policy at the highest level.


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