Music Tech Fest September 3-9

You’re invited to participate in a world-renowned, cross-disciplinary tech and music event that’s coming this autumn to KTH. The Music Tech Fest, #MTFStockholm – September 3-9

Music Tech Fest at KTH

Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap to perform and lead lab

Imogen Heap will perform and lead a lab on the ongoing development of blockchain technology for the music industry at Music Tech Fest Stockholm. The lab will focus on the Mycelia Creative Passport, which aims to become a digital identity standard for music makers, containing or linking to verified profile information. The producer and recording artist will also demonstrate the wearable music interface, Mi.Mu gloves, which she developed. Read more

Registration for MTF research symposium opens April 16 

Each MTF event is accompanied by a research symposium for discussion and the formation of new research projects at the intersection of music and technology. Sign up here

KTH students and researchers, sign up today!

  • Collaborate with artists and other creators on unique new challenges
  • Experience awesome performances by world-renowned music artists
  • Engage in a global research community that explores the boundaries of interaction with physical objects
  • Experiment with new forms of expression and communication

What is it?

Music Tech Fest, or MTF, is a giant creative laboratory featuring music hacking, a research symposium, workshops, demos, performances by internationally renowned artists and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and business in a unique and vibrant environment.

If you are into music, science, media, making, prototyping, or if you have ideas for entirely new products and business models, this is for you.

Past events have delved into Blockchain, transhumanism, neurofeedback, hacking the human voice, superaccessibility, and more.

How can I take part?

You can register for the Hack Camp (a 24-hour event, September 8-9), and you can indicate you are from KTH on the form. This is important because the organizers want to involve as many KTH students and researchers as possible. If you qualify, you get free entry to the entire festival and join a special meetup on the 7th in the evening.

The MTF Hack Camp, led by BBC presenter, inventor and composer LJ Rich, allows you to access a toolkit of exclusive technologies and collaborate with artists and makers on challenges involving AI, blockchain technology, cymatics, robotics, transhumanism, synethesia and more.

Bear in mind, KTH students and faculty who don’t get a placement in the Hack Camp will not walk away empty-handed. By applying early, you get in the funnel for other opportunities at Music Tech Fest. The festival aims to create as many interactions and opportunities for collaboration as possible, and support great ideas. Alumni of the MTF have gone on to be recognised with a series awards including: 1M€ follow-up EU funding, MIT’s Under-35 Innovator, and 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs by Forbes.

What’s the next step? 

Register here for the MTF Hack Camp

And sign up for the #MTFStockolm newsletter

Who’s behind it?

KTH has partnered with Music Tech Fest, which is now in its sixth year. MTF is an ecosystem of more than 5,000 creative innovators and scientific researchers who regularly gather at MTF events and laboratories. Music Tech Fest events have been held in many locations around the world including the Barbican in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Microsoft NERD labs in Cambridge MA and Funkhaus in Berlin. MTF was founded by Michela Magas, who was awarded the EU Woman Innovator of the Year prize in 2017 for it. Magas is founder and director of the innovation lab Stromatolite LTD in the UK, and currently adviser on AI and innovation to the EU Commission and the G7 leaders.

Why is my participation worth it? 

Ideas started at MTF tend to take on a life of their own – and many have led to patented technologies. By participating, you’re welcomed into a global research and innovation ecosystem that carries on well after the festival. 

This is #MTFStockholm

#MTFHacks
A collaboration between students, researchers, makers and established artists. Focus areas: AI, robotics, synaesthesia, Blockchain, cymatics, transhumanism. 

#MTFLabs
Curated labs in collaboration with major artists and industry partners focusing on Robotics/AI, Blockchain, Vocal Tech, Performance by special invitation

#MTFResearch
An academic symposium with presentations and discussions

#MTFStage
Creative playground for experimentation with new music technologies and new ideas for performance. Everything is allowed: hacking into existing controllers, collaborating with professional musicians - even impromptu jumping up on stage! Nothing is rehearsed - it's all hands on. *Major artists to be announced soon!*

#MTFTracks
Music producers are given sounds and recordings with the challenge to create a new track within 24 hours. Winners get released on a charity EP

#MTFMasters
Workshops and guest lecures for students and public, by high level experts from the music industry, creative leaders, international artistrs and inventors

#MTFAmplifier
Startup pitch event and industry networking, plus VIP meeting area

#MTFSpace
Sonic art installations and presentations of cutting edge musical interfaces

More information about MTF

Important dates 

16 April Symposium registration opens
3-9 September MTFLabs (curated, invitation-only)
6-7 September Symposium
8–9 September Hack Camp (Register now)
8-9 September Creative Labs (Register now)

Coming soon

  • Announcement of artists participating
  • Announcement of symposium agenda and dates
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