Ian Wallman is a world-class record producer and remixer with a string of awards, a UK top 10 hit and collaborations with major artists under his belt. He joins us at #MTFBerlin to lead and coach a group of emerging Berlin dance producers in the Trackathon.
With over two decades in the music industry, Ian Wallman’s career has spanned a wide range of experiences; a UK top ten hit, Major Record and Publishing deals in both the UK and USA, an Ivor Novello nomination plus countless recording, engineering and writing credits to his name.
After a successful career in radio, Ian crossed over into record production - working in every genre from Dance, Rock, Pop, Jazz through to Classical, as well as BBC Post Production, DJ’ing and audio production education. His incredibly high production values, creativity and versatility has led him to work on recordings by international artists as diverse as Beyonce, Lady Ga Ga, Michael Bublé, Calvin Harris, Laura Mvula and Shakira.
During the London 2012 Olympic Games Ian was “Producer In Residence” within the Athletes Village, creating songs with some of the greatest athletes with the Coca-Cola ‘Beats Lab’, a project that developed from a Mark Ronson and Katy B. collaboration.
At #MTFBerlin, Ian teams up with Berlin pro audio co-working space Noize Fabrik to host our Trackathon at the incredible Funkhaus.
Like a hackathon, a Trackathon is a 24 hour event in which participants create something new in response to a challenge using some elements provided. The difference here, as the name suggests, is that rather than creating a software or hardware hack, the aim is to make a track - and specifically, a killer dance track.
Ian will work with Trackathon participants to help produce and develop their track from Friday through to Saturday. Our resident DJ will play the results in the #MTFLates (on which, more soon) and the songs will form part of an album released online to raise money for charity.
There are just 12 places in the Trackathon and they’re reserved for up and coming Berlin-based electronic music producers. Applications close Friday 29th April at midnight CET. Here’s where you can apply.
Check out Ian’s UK Garage top 10 hit from 2000: B15 Project ft Crissy D & Lady G – Girls Like Us.
More to see and do at Music Tech Fest
May 27-30 at Funkhaus Berlin
#MTFSparks: teenage music hackers
At #MTFBerlin with the help of leading UK educational expert Siobhan Ramsey, Tom Flynn and Daniel Lopez of Sandbox Education, in collaboration with creative education expert Alexandra Antonopoulou, the #MTFSparks built, tested and performed with their new inventions on the main stage at the festival.
It’s Time to Talk About the Voice
This spring, an extraordinary gathering of creative coders, visual artists and vocal experts assembled at #MTFBerlin, forming the first cross-disciplinary #MTFLabs: Vocal Tech.
Adventures in Accessible Music Tech
One of the things that’s most important to us at Music Tech Fest is the idea that music is for everyone. Not just to listen to, but to make. Removing barriers to participation is one of the great applications of music technologies.
Michela Magas: Innovation Luminary
In a gala award ceremony in Amsterdam, festival founder Michela Magas was presented with one of the highest awards for Innovation in Europe.
People walked on the moon and they’re cloning sheep – so why can’t I dance while drumming?” LIZZY is a humanised drumkit – and she’s coming to perform at #MTFBerlin.
What would it be like to climb inside a working musical instrument? What happens when you combine pigs, sheep, and TNT with modular synthesizers? Find out in the Blam for Minecraft demo at #MTFBerlin.
Matt Black is half of legendary DJ duo and multimedia pop group Coldcut, formed in 1987, and founders of Ninja Tune, the UK record label. He joins us at #MTFBerlin to perform the world premiere of his new audiovisual composition, ‘Ich Bin’.
A Music Tech Fest world premiere
Join us for a Music Tech Fest exclusive: the premiere of Emika’s Symphony No. 1 in a live mix and intimate discussion about her creative process at the incredible Funkhaus Berlin. The event is free to #MTFBerlin weekend ticketholders.
In January 2015 disabled musician John Kelly presented Drake Music with a blueprint for an electric guitar that would be accessible to him. At #MTFBerlin, Gawain Hewitt of Drake Music joins us to showcase this groundbreaking prototype.
Graham Massey is a legend of electronic music. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, DJ and broadcaster, he came to prominence with his seminal electronic act 808 State – and he’s performing an exclusive solo set in the private after-hours club night on Saturday at #MTFBerlin, in a hidden chamber of the Funkhaus.
Sarah Farina is one of Berlin’s most revered DJs – and we’re thrilled to announce that she’s joining us at #MTFBerlin as the first of our guest performers at #MTFLates – the private club night happening after the festival on Saturday night in a hidden chamber of the Funkhaus. Sarah’s internationally-acclaimed bass-heavy and futuristic sets are inventive, inclusive, positive, thoughtful, and tight as a drum.
Ben Heck, host of popular YouTube channel The Ben Heck Show joins us with his crew at #MTFBerlin to hack, invent, share a bit of maker knowledge and film a special episode of the show surrounded by our 50 hackers in the element14 Hack Camp.
Three-time British beatboxing champion, singer, songwriter, actor, looping artist extraordinaire and one of Elle magazine’s top 100 inspiring women in the world, Grace Savage is coming to #MTFBerlin at Funkhaus, 27-30 May.
Graham Dunning is a sound artist and experimental musician who works with found objects. His ‘Mechanical Techno’ consists of multiple treated records spinning on a single turntable, impacting physical objects, triggering analogue synths, striking percussion and mechanically triggering drum machines.
Ricardo O’Nascimento is a designer and founder of POPKALAB in Rotterdam – a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the field of wearable technology.
Jan Bang is one of Norway’s most accomplished and influential producers. The often hushed and spacious sound he crafts is utterly beautiful and breathtaking – creating a sublime and reverential atmosphere. Listening to Jan Bang can be like walking into a cathedral at midnight.
Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson blends the world of contemporary jewellery art with music, sound, dance and movement. She’s coming to #MTFBerlin to explore interactive performance and ‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’.
Mercury Prize nominee ESKA will not only appear on the main stage at #MTFBerlin… her plan is to form collaborations, invent new types of musical instruments and experiment in the giant creative laboratory that is Music Tech Fest.
Best known for the Marble Machine invention that went viral and received over 17 million views (and rising), Martin is a Swedish instrument maker, inventor and musician with the band Wintergatan.
Ecce Cello bridges the gap between classical music and the technological world of everyday life in 2016. An incredible theatrical performance that places our daily media experiences into the realm of the sublime.
Toa Mata Band is the World’s first LEGO robotic band. It’s a project by Italian interaction designer and music producer Giuseppe Acito.