The music industry is dynamic, continually changing and adapting as new technologies, platforms of distribution, and creative developments that affect everything from business models to artist/fan interaction emerge.
Join us for an engaging and entertaining evening when we are navigating the music landscape. We will look at the development of the music industry over the last years and discuss the potentials and challenges of the Music Tech industry.
We will be joined by a distinguished panel
Our panel consists of industry experts, startups as well as established companies in the space. Ray Arkaei and Alex Sonnenfeld from Sample Music Festival will guide us through the evening. Moreover, there will be startup presentations and jaw-dropping showcases by Herrmutt Lobby, Melodrive, Leaf Audio, Jambl App.
So do not miss out on that event!
Save the date and mark your calendar. We're gonna start the year 2020 amazing!
We look forward to seeing you on January 21 at Space Shack Coworking Space.
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Founder and CEO of SampleMusicFestival and TONSPIELZEUG- Berlin’s annual gathering spot for an international audience of creatives driven to explore the limits of contemporary digital performance art. Alex is author of the music thesis Theory of Motions which was employed as a theoretical and methodological framework for creating a notation system for sample-based music and controllerism. CEO of Tonspielzeug - Berlin-based agency for product related showcases, video production and events.
Valerio Velardo is co-founder and CEO of Melodrive. He owns a PhD in music and AI and has spent the last ten years teaching computers how to create music autonomously. Valerio has a double background as a musician and scientist. He trained as a composer and studied astrophysics.
Melodrive is a startup company that provides AI and machine learning consultancy for audio- centric and music tech startups. Melodrive has also developed an AI music engine that generates music for interactive experiences, such as video games and VR/AR, in realtime.
Founded in 2003, Herrmutt Lobby is a collective of musicians and programmers. Since 1997, the individual members of the group have released music on various labels – DUB, Studio !K7, Vlek, Eat Concrete, Thin Consolation, Catune, Detroit Underground – and across genres. Alongside music, they’ve also devised and built various softwares, controllers, and apps that help musicians perform live with the freedom to express at the moment’s inspiration/instinct.
Their ever-changing musical universe grows through encounters with musicians from diverse horizons, most recently the Belgian jazz player Stéphane Mercier and UK MC Lord Rao.
The company know-how is built upon ten years of r&d by the belgian award-winning collective of musicians and programmers called Herrmutt Lobby.
Breaking up from the current status-quo in the electronic music scene, HL focus efforts towards a systemic approach, instant interpretation and expressivity enhancement. In that setup, musicians and instruments influence each others in real time.
PlayGround is a new integrated media platform for HipHop. It connects the artist with his public thru new immersive musical experience. Artists distribute their music in our new remixable format. Fans comes to watch remixes made by the community and can make their own.
LeafAudio was founded in 2008 by Manuel Richter (born 1974) as a creative outlet for his studio work and music. He is a trained sound engineer, studio and live musician. Many releases as Xabec, Underwater Pilots and tours as live musician and technical coordinator with Haujobb. Producer, songwriter and sound worker for Anne Clark.
Manuel has given lectures and workshops at the SAE Institute, the Bavarian Music Academy, the Bavarian Radio, the Landesmusikakademie Berlin and many other places. He worked as an educator for more than ten years and completed training in music therapy and psychotherapy before devoting himself entirely to his passion for sound and workshops. In 2009 he started a successful workshop series for do-it-yourself synthesizers under the name LeafAudio, which resulted in collaborations with universities, electronic beats and many festivals.
From the workshop series with over 100 workshops all over Germany and beyond, the online shop Exploding Shed was created in 2016 with little capital and a lot of work. Together with electronics developer Hagen Haacker, Manuel is responsible for the invention and production of the Microphonic Soundbox, a sound design instrument that is now used in TV and cinema productions, ballet and theatre, in the sound design laboratory of BMW and in the hands of many interesting artists.
Sound, music, psychology and spirituality, inventiveness and creative maker spirit - somehow it's all an inseparable path that goes on all the time and doesn't care much about ready-made tracks
Jambl is set to bring music creation to the mass market with its extremely intuitive and fun app, users can create, collaborate and become virtual musicians, without needing any prior musical experience, imagine Ableton meets TikTok.
The founder (Gad Baruch Hinkis), an Israeli based in Berlin, has invented a method of music creation out of his need to improvise electronic music live on stage with his band Dirty Honkers (which still sustains his start-up lifestyle), once he discovered the Jambl compositions method, he immediately saw how this could be a game-changer for both complete beginners in music, and advanced users as himself, with an in-the-flow approach to creating electronic dance music, intuitive, expressive and collaborative.
The growing Jambl team is now on a spiritual quest to unlock the powers of musical expression within everyone and to create a more empathic, co-operative and fun world culture.
Paul is Head of Innovation @ Factory Berlin. Factory Berlin is an international community of innovators and changemakers who empower each other to create, share, and disrupt. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s famed Factory in New York, Factory Berlin brings together the brightest minds from tech, politics, arts, and science into one dynamic and collaborative ecosystem. Our members’ extraordinary drive for innovation impels them to become the opinion leaders of tomorrow. Paul joined Factory Berlin in November 2018. As Head of Creative Innovation, he tries to merge technology, art, music, science, and education to push the boundaries of innovation. His team and Paul work hard on this new experimental approach to develop a program that brings together the best creative minds in joint projects.
Kalam Ali is a restless entrepreneur who establishes business associations with innovators working at the intersection of tech and art. He previously led venture partnerships with music tech innovators at Native Instruments & is a co-founder of Marathon Artists LABs, an accelerator run by Marathon Artists Group in London that works with tech startups to develop their products with artists & grow in the music business.
He has worked with startups, VC and accelerators for over a decade across London, Berlin and Israel. Kalam is dedicated to bringing technologists & artists together to explore new forms of expression, and new ways for creators to monetise their work.
TONSPIELZEUG / SampleMusicFestival
Within the TONSPIELZEUG / SampleMusicFestival team, Ray wears the hat of Creative Lead. He is in charge of all content & communication and frequently oversees the technical side of event planning & production as well. With a background in computer science, design and marketing as well as a long history freelancing for various brands in the pro audio industry, he is a core part of the Sample Music Festival crew and focuses on showcasing the various possibilities modern technology in an artistic context.
His alter ego ARKAEI is a DJ, VJ, producer and performer with a love for breakbeats in all flavours - and a completely fearless approach to experimenting on stage. Over the course of the last decade, he's won several controllerism battles and competed in the IDA World DJ Championship finals a total of 5 times. Known for always incorporating something unexpected into his performances, he keeps challenging traditional concepts of DJing using motion tracking sensors, 3D cameras, live-generated interactive visuals, instruments like the Theremin, a Game Boy, a laser harp and VR tech.
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