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. 

Photo credit: Nickolai Kashirin — Headphones (CC BY 2.0)

  • How do new technologies affect the music industry? The Musicday at re:publica TEN explored various ways in which technologies can influence and expand music production, visualisation and collections.

  • Kate Stone is an entrepreneur and a “creative scientist” who connects online with offline by using cardboard to generate music. Check out her video interview with volunteers from Bayerischer Rundfunk to see exactly how she does it.

  • Artist and entrepreneur Matan Berkowitz develops instruments that react to brain waves and minimal movements. In his talk "Music is the Instrument – Innovation for Impact" he explained how this type of technology can help paralyzed people make music.

  • Better conditions for producing music, more selection for listeners and more possibilities to connect and exchange. Four Start-Up projects presented their ideas on innovative music making and listening during the Musicday.

  • Print is dying out, right? Kate Stone took to Stage 1 on the first day of the re:publica TEN to prove the exact opposite: With a little digital help and some music, she can literally make a piece of paper sing.

  • Men still dominate the music industry. The Berlin singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion wants to change that. She spoke about how the decentralisation of the music industry could be the key to that change in the labore:tory at the Musicday.

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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.
  • You have been waiting for this: Starting today, check out the #rpTEN programme schedule, find sessions that appeal to you and even put together your very own session plan for 2 – 4 May.

  • We look forward to our new cooperation with EDFVR. Virtual Reality will feature heavily at re:publica.

  • Arts & Culture
    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.
  • Arts & Culture
    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.