#MTFLabs Helsinki

#MTFLabs Helsinki


On 24-29 November 2017, in the run-up to Slush in Helsinki, #MTFLabs gathered some of the most brilliant minds from the MTF community to challenge what we can be humans. At the centre of our labs was the brilliant blind singer and vocal coach from the Sibelius Institute, Riikka Hänninen. Working with Riikka and building enabling new technologies for her became one of the most profound transformational experiences for the 30 minds gathered in the labs. Watch the video below for some jaw-dropping moments.

“The band on stage was made of neuroscientists, accessibility designers, computer programmers, directors of gaming companies, a cyborg with RFID implants, and audience members who were transmitting their reaction through pulse sensors to the blind singer” - SLUSH 2017


The final performance at the launch of Slush 2017 challenged the 3-minute pitch with a 20-minute performance which allowed for audiences to truly experience the human transformation. Members of the audiences were wired for pulse and were able to transmit their heartbeat to Riikka so that she could feel their reaction. Special accessible devices were developed for Riikka to be able to manipulate her own vocal effects. Neurofeedback sensors allowed Riikka to create music using her brain.

The labs saw the first ever prototyping of real-time tracking of intellectual property in the blockchain.


#MTF Labs Helsinki @Slush 2017


Jasmine Isdrake
Dean McCarthy
Xico Teixeira
Luis Anjos
Cyril Laurier
Maya Benainous
Rojan Gharibpour
Stefano Piermatteo
Don Gossen
Gautam Dhameja
Juan Carlos Vasquez

Riikka Hänninen
Vahakn Matossian
Kosti Rytkönen
Kimmo Kari
Katarina Nyberk
Dmytro Izotov
Alexander Allen
Matthias Strobel
Marta Arniani
Andrew Dubber
Michela Magas

Here are some of the heroes who have helped us build this ecosystem over the past 4 years:

Jason Singh, Adam John Williams, Matt Black-Coldcut, Eska, Graham Massey, Emika, Nitin Sawhney, Reeps One, Viktoria Modesta, Martyn Ware, Laura Kriefman, Ezra, Grace Savage, Shlomo, Synthestruct, Crewdson, LJ Rich, Jamie Cullum, Scanner, Tim Exile, Mørk, Ross Flight, Leafcutter John

Ninja Tune, Warp, Soundcloud, RJDJ, The Echo Nest, Spotify, Last.fm, Shazam, Mixcloud, MusicBrainz, Musimap, B3 Media, Drake Music

Reactable, Alphasphere, Ableton, Native, ROLI, Izotope, FXpansion, Teenage Engineering, Toontrack, Serato, Soundation, Bare Conductive, Jays, Dizzy Jam, Grain Audio, Ultrasonic

element14, RS Components, Makey Makey, London Music Hackspace, Music Tech Meetup, Monthly Music Hackathon, Innovation Warehouse

The BBC, Abbey Road, Warner Music, EMI, RCA Records, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, WIRED, MTV, Stephen Fry/Penguin, Realta Films, Rebel Uncut, Riff Raff Films

Sonos, Volvo, Philips, Microsoft Research, Cisco, Swedbank, Red Bull

EU Commission, DMIC, British Council, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Cankarjev Dom, MSUM, Umeå Kommun, Region Västerbotten, Uminova, Ume.net, Guitars Museum, NZ Music Commission, Sounds Aotearoa, Sound and Music, Redstar Union, Factory Berlin

MTG, IRCAM, C4DM, Fraunhofer, BCU, MIT Media Lab, Harvard Music Minds, Berklee College of Music, McGill, Goldsmiths, Umeå University, Royal College of Art

…and an ever growing list of music tech startups with great ideas on how to reinvent this space.

The Music Tech Fest evolved from the ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE OF MUSIC TECH.

The Music Tech Fest soundtrack is growing courtesy of those great guys at Soundcloud.

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