Following the success of our first Musicday last year, re:publica TEN in cooperation with Musicboard Berlin featured a dedicated track to the topic of music at the labore:tory. In the lead up to Musicday 2016, Musicboard Berlin and we selected the best of your submissions to present. We were looking for national and international exchanges of ideas, new formats and future developments in the music scene.

We discovered how mobile music apps and VR/AR affect how we enjoy music, looked at recording methods that deliver 360° sound, music startups that are shifting the relationship between producer and consumer and how virtual supergroups are made possible. Not only programme, but also hands-on: Musicday's Virtual Reality installations were made possible with the support of the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and ResearchProjekt Zukunft with funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Music and digitisation have been tightly interwoven for some time. This motivated us to dedicate a full track to this topic at re:publica 2015. Big Data, open source and streaming services were some of the main topics discussed on the third and last day of last year's re:publica.

Rainer Henze kicked it off with his "The UX of Music" session. In his talk, he called for an open source music system featuring a customisable user interface and the transparent use of meta data. The panel discussion "Spotify, Deezer und Co.", looking at why users love and musicians loath streaming services, was particularly successful and focused on the musicians' perspective.

Some very informative insights were given by the Georg Martin Butz's talk "Pop will eat itselt". The basis of the talk was the question "is everything a remix?", looking at the concept of "making music with music" found in every period of time and human tradition. The talk given by Kevin Schramm was very entertaining. He discussed how Big Data changes music and presented his analysis by showing which musician had mastered the largest German language rap vocabulary. The re:cord Musicday also featured strong political demands in the field of music. In her keynote, Michela Magas, founder of Stockholm's Music Tech Fest, called for the music industry's grasp on copyrights to be loosened. This would allow the best chances for new business models to develop in the music field, she opined.

The first re:cord Musicday at re:publica 2015 gloriously concluded with the Italiopop-lyrics gala event. Guests played bingo, joined in sing-a-longs and drank complementary Ramazotti Amaro, Lambrusco wine and Tequila. The attendees entered a donation challenge in order to win an original CD copy of 1990s dance project Mo-Do's single "Eins, Zwei, Polizei". All donations went to the Hamburg-based Lampedusa project and the contest was accompanied by the Berlin Italopop band ITACA.

Check out our review of this year's Musicday down below, watch the video recordings of the talks on our YouTube channel.

Projekt Zukunft ("Project Future") is an initiative of the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research to support the growth areas of information and communication technology, media and creative economy. Projekt Zukunft develops strategies for Berlin as a location; it builds platforms, initiates networks for the digital and creative economy, organizes exchanges with businesses, develops new support instruments, compiles studies, and implements innovative projects in economy and society. 

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the main regional development funds of the European Union. The ERDF aims to reinforce competition and innovation, create maintainable jobs, and safeguard sustainable development. 

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  • Was bedeuten neue Technologien für die Musikbranche? Der Musicday auf der re:publica TEN zeigte verschiedene Varianten, wie Technologien die Musikproduktion und -visualisierung und selbst das Sammeln von Musik beeinflussen und erweitern.

  • Kate Stone ist Unternehmerin und "Creative Scientist" und verbindet online mit offline: Sie generiert Sounds mit Papier. Wie das genau funktioniert, das seht ihr im Video-Interview mit den VolontärInnen des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

  • Künstler und Unternehmer Matan Berkowitz entwickelt Instrumente, die auf Gehirnströmungen und minimale Bewegung reagieren. In seinem Talk "Music is the Instrument – Innovation for Impact" erzählt er, wie so etwa gelähmte Menschen Musik generieren können.

  • Bessere Produktionsbedingungen, mehr Auswahl für die Hörer und mehr Möglichkeiten für alle, sich zu verbinden und auszutauschen. Auf dem Musicday stellten vier Start-up-Projekte ihre Ideen zum innovativen Musikmachen und -hören vor.

  • Print stirbt aus, oder? Kate Stone beweist auf Stage 1 am ersten Tag der re:publica TEN das Gegenteil: Mit ein wenig digitaler Hilfe und Musik kann sie ein Blatt Papier buchstäblich zum Singen bringen.

  • Nach wie vor dominieren Männer die Musikindustrie. Die Berliner Singer-Songwriterin Roxanne de Bastion will das ändern. Auf dem Musicday im labore:tory sprach sie darüber, wie die Dezentralisierung der Musikindustrie der Schlüssel sein kann.

  • Science & Technology
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    Matan's incredible journey from musician & film maker to award winning inventor started with the realization that his actions could have more 'real, positive impact on the world'. In the past 2 years he has developed ways to translate heartbeats, brainwaves and motions into music while turning everyday objects such as hats, glasses and gloves into instruments, working to empower people with special needs to express themselves in new ways, speaking and performing on stages worldwide and building interactive installations for museums & galleries.

    As the founder of Shift, a company which specializes in positive innovation, Matan is now laying the foundations for a new kind of lab - one which works with emerging technologies while focusing on their potential to do good in the world. During this fascinating talk Matan will not only share his story, insights and inventions, but also perform a live demo of his latest prototype, which enables anyone to play music using nothing but hand movements.
  • Darauf habt ihr sicher schon sehnlichst gewartet: Ab sofort könnt ihr ausgiebig im Programm-Kalender schmökern, euch alle Sessions zu Gemüte führen und euren individuellen Plan für den 2. bis 4. Mai zusammen stellen.

  • Wir freuen uns auf die neue Kooperation mit dem EDFVR: Auf der re:publica wird das Thema Virtual Reality zum Schwerpunkt.

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    Berlin ist eine Stadt der Kreativen: Musik ist seit jeher eine der wichtigsten Kulturadern, die durch Berlin fließen, mit Strahlkraft und Anziehung für Musikfans, MusikerInnen und Musikwirtschaftende aus aller Welt. Komm zu Fishbowl und sei Teil der Diskussion? Was sind deine Ideen und Meinungen zur Verknüpfung von Musik und Tech? Nutze die Chance mit SpeakerInnen und AkteurInnen aus der Musikbranche zu sprechen.
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    Der Talk geht der Frage nach wie das Musikerlebnis erweitert werden kann. Statt aufwendiger CD-Boxen, sind es nun detailverliebte Mobile Apps, die der Musik haptische und visuelle Anknüpfungpunkte hinzufügen.
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    A talk about how the decentralization of the music industry is a good this for gender equality and diversity in general. Roxanne de Bastion shares personal experiences of what it looks like to be an independent, female artist in 2016 and what the artist community is doing to reclaim the power.