#MTFLabs New Formats

#MTFLabs New Formats



We are a community with a festival, not a festival with a community. We include artists, designers, creative developers, thinkers and inventors. We are into music, theatre, film, gaming, art, science, culture and society. The first Music Tech Fest gathered 70 creative minds working on ideas of Synaesthesia - turning colour into sound - guided by Peter Kirn. Since then we have run creative challenges which included Russolo’s The Art of Noises and Degrees of Sound Separation: people being removed from controllers; sound being removed from the source; reversals of controlled and controller.

We are now turning our minds to New Formats – for everything.


Photo: Jemimah Knight



#MTFCreative at Music Tech Fest.


#MTFScandi was held at Sliperiet in the centre of the Umeå Arts Campus, a thriving community of artists and makers and a source of creative inspiration for the festival. Here is a selection of student projects that are developing new interactive technologies for the future.


If you’re a creative thinker with ideas on how to transform this space, work with music for gaming, film, video, or digital, use sound in installation, architecture, product or fashion, or just use music as inspiration for your art, contact labs@mtflabs.net

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.

Every network should have a soundtrack.