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A manifesto for musical technologies


The manifesto for musical technologies that came out of a previous MusicTechFest event is a fairly precise analysis of the current state of affairs and where music technology ought to be moving.

The anechoic chamber



SEAS speaker factory, Ryggeveien 96 Moss
KL. 11:00 (departure Oslo Plaza/Sonja Henies plass, Oslo)

Kr 100. Limited places. Binding registration. For registration and travel info, please email nymusikk@nymusikk by 18:00, 5 June.
Buy festival pass, kr 550/450 (regular/member)



Det ekkofrie rommet på SEAS. Foto: Karoline Finnema.

Upon visiting an anechoic chamber John Cage famously heard the singing of his nervous system and the pumping of his blood. nyMusikk invites you on a sound excursion to the high-end speaker factory SEAS in Moss, starting with a bus ride from Oslo that includes a literary lecture on sound by UK musician, author and critic David Toop.

At SEAS you will be given a rare opportunity to experience the anechoic chamber, an insulated, echo-free acoustic environment designed for acoustic research. The chamber will feature the sound installation Lontano by sound artist and composer Trond Lossius, featuring a series of surround (Ambisonics) field recordings.

In the factory space, vocalist and composer Stine Janvin Motland will demonstrate a new measuring and musical instrument that detects and regenerates body frequencies. The audience is invited to get their body resonance measured and translated into sound.

There will also be a tour of the factory with managing director Olav Mellum Arntzen.

Anechoic chambers are designed to completely absorb reflections of sound waves. Inside the chamber all surfaces are covered with foam wedges made from sound absorbing material. These chambers are also insulated from exterior sources of noise, making them some of the quietest places on Earth.

The architecture of the space, combined with the intense silence and absence of reverberation, makes the space claustrophobic and intimidating.

In spite of the visual appearance, the anechoic chamber acoustically behaves as an infinite open out-door space. The anechoic chamber is used for research in the fields of music, audiology, hearing science and engineering. The fundamentals of our understanding of spatial hearing are to a large degree based on listening experiments carried out in anechoic chambers.

The anechoic chamber has made a seminal impact on contemporary arts practises as well. John Cage’s visit to the anechoic chamber at Harvard University fundamentally changed his understanding of silence, music and noise. Robert Irwin and James Turrell stayed in darkness in an anechoic chamber for prolonged periods of time, and the experience deeply influenced how they engaged with perception in their art practices. (Text by Trond Lossius).


Trond Lossius. Foto: Anders Helgerud.

Lontano is an installation / event taking place in an anechoic chamber. It addresses the anechoic chamber as a site of research, and draws attention to our hearing capabilities and in particular the spatial dimensions of hearing and listening, the phenomenology of listening, the rich soundscapes that surrounds us, and how we are situated and immersed in the world through sound.

An audience of only four persons at a time are invited to enter the space along with the artist. They get to experience the space itself, and are then seated in the middle. A series of surround (Ambisonic) field recordings are presented. The situation is open-ended. The group might choose to listen in silence, or engage in discussions concerning how the room is experienced, the sensations, memories and thoughts triggered by the field recordings, or any other topic relevant to the situation.

Trond Lossius is a sound and installation artist based in Bergen. His projects investigate sound, place and space, using spatial sound and multichannel audio as an invisible and temporal sculptural medium in works engaging with the site. Lossius coordinates research and development at BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.

ATK Reaper at MusicTechFest Scandi



This weekend I will present Ambisonoc Toolkit (ATK) for Reaper at #MTFScandi in Umeå, Sweden.


Music Tech Fest is the free festival of music ideas, mixing performances and experiments, hacks, demos, and installations. Since 2012 Music Tech Fest has been redefining how music is perceived, performed and experienced. It is now time to build some new formats for music.

Now it is landing in Sweden – the biggest world exporter of music per capita – and gathering the best minds able to transform this new media landscape, for a Music Tech Fest Scandinavia.


Friday 29th May: New instruments and new musical experiences

From 16:00 on the outdoor stage: Kung Fury / The Ideas Workshop / #MusicBricks / The RIoT board / Ultrasonic / Abbey Road Studio / Chirp / The Portable Wooden Pipe Organ / Gestrument / Live Sound Spatialisation Using Gesture Control / Codename Playground / Teenage Engineering / ExClaM! / The Self-Playing Harmonium / Ecce Cello / Cymatics Beatboxing / The Stimmflieger / The Strophonion
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

Saturday 30th May: New formats for music

From 10:30 in Sliperiet: Pro hackers gather for briefing and introduction to the challenges. 24-hour Pro hackathon begins at 12:00 sharp.
Register for the hackathon here: – participation is free

From 10:30 to 16:30 in Sliperiet: Creative thinkers gather to explore new ways of interacting with culture and businesses in the city of Umeå in the Creative Ring Workshop, supported by eXpression and the European project SPECIFI.
Register for the Creative Ring Workshop by email: – participation is free

From 11:30 in Sliperiet: Electronic producers and musical collaborators gather for the Toontrack Trackathon briefing and introduction to the software and sounds. 24-hour trackathon begins at 13:00 sharp.
Register for the trackathon here: – participation is free

From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: LunaLEC / One Drop / Axoloti / The Immersive Album / #FistPics / Isotonic / The Calamity of Concept / Prolody / Kitmonsters / Performing Melancholia / Crewdson / The Ambisonics Toolkit / Hyperpiano / The Metasaxaphone / The Strombophone / Modular Synthesis / EEG Neurofeedback Guitar / Fatta / Yellofier / Live Music Hack
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

From 19:00 in Sliperiet: Drinks reception and the launch of a brand new format for music invented right here in Umeå – followed by new works, performances and experiments in the Sliperiet concert space – including: Anders Lind’s Animated Notation / Kickstart Creativity / Optonoise / Mørk / Graham Massey (808 State) / Matt Black (Coldcut) / Jason Singh / Scanner / Random Bastards / Obi Blanche / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

Sunday 31st May: Building the future of music

From 09:00 – 12:00 in Sliperiet: Sunday morning at Music Tech Fest is all about making, inventing and building new playful music ideas in the Volvo Kids Hack Camp. Our specialist workshop leaders are skilled educators who provide children with the tools and the skills to make their own creative project and build their own musical instruments – while learning coding, physical computing and music participation – and having great fun. In the afternoon the kids present and perform with their inventions on the main stage – which is always a real highlight of the festival.
Register for the Kids Hackathon here:

From 13:00 on the outdoor stage: Kids Hackathon presentations / Lab Media / DisCoTech / Human Instruments / Drake Music / Soundation / Skoog / Stave Breakthrough / Novalia / Bentrax / The Voice Harvester / Low-Fi / The SME Instrument / Freesound / Essentia / The Hack Camp Awards / The Toontrack Trackathon Awards / We Suffer For Our Art / Lovisa Negga / Beyond Glitching / Roboard Jam Session / Hidden Materia / The Guerilla Dance Project / Blue Vinyl Awards / The Jam Camp
Register for #MTFScandi here: – attendance is free

ALL WEEKEND: The Electro-Acoustic Cafe / The 4Sound Jam Camp / The Craft Beer Tent

Monday 1st June: Academic ‘afterparty’ symposium

From 10:00 – 16:00 in HUMLabX: The academic ‘afterparty’ research symposium and formal establishment of the global, interdisciplinary MTF Research Network.
Register for the research symposium here:

All activities, events, installations and stages at Music Tech Fest are FREE. Feel free to bring musical instruments, crazy inventions, your big ideas and your curiosity.

Six rooms of gloom



This spring I have been assisting the teaching of the compositions students at the Grieg Academy. I have introduced them to the history and aesthetics of electronic music, sound editing and computer-aided composition using OpenMusic. We have emphasised that this should not be conceived as a separate tradition and practise from score-based composing. Similar thinking and approaches can be applicable in both areas, and the experience gained in one or the other field can help develop and liberate the entire compositional and artistic practise. Some of the outcomes by the students will be presented in a concert later today.


Six rooms of gloom – New works by compositions students at the Grieg Academy

Drop In concert
Bergen International Festival
The Grieg Hall – May 29 15:00
Free entrance

A series of new ectro-acoustic works by composition students at the Grieg Academy are presented as part of the Drop In program during the Beren International Festival.

This spring the composition students have been given an introduction to sound editing and computer-aided composition. At this concert, a series of new electro-acoustic works that employ these techniques are presented. The works relates to various genres such as radio montage, sound art, sound design and the use of field recordings.

Equipment for this concert has kindly been provided by BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts.


Erik Håkon Halvorsen (1974)
(dedicated to Rebecka Ahvenniemi)

Ole-Andreas Førde

Morten Brunsberg Refsli (1989)

Aslak B. Hermstad, (1995)
El Aaiún, E6. Oslo

Tor Anders Eri (1991)
Shards from Last Night

Kari Telstad Sundet (1987)
Memory Leak (Melting – Sinking – Snowbound)

Jamoma 0.6.0-a46


A new alpha release of Jamoma package for Max is now available. This new release (0.6.0-a46) includes all of the development that has happened over the past 6 months.


One important change with this version is that j.parameter, j.message and j.return now supports using dataspace units and rampings at the same time. Check out the help file for j.parameter for further details.


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