Music Technologism

I’m really proud to have been involved with the drafting of the Manifesto for Music Technologists, or #MusicTechiFesto, as it’s being called on Twitter.

Nancy Baym and Jonathan Sterne brought together a group of world leading academics from a wide range of different disciplines at Microsoft Research on the Monday after the Music Tech Fest we held there in March. We called it the ‘Afterparty’.

We discussed and debated what we thought to be the most important things about music and technology – and we came up with a declaration that reflects what we believe and what we hold to be important. Things like:

“We call on companies to produce music technologies that matter, that foster meaningful communities, that consider musical culture and user bases as much more than cash registers.”

While not all of us make things with tech, all of us work in an area of intersection between music and tech in some way. That makes us music technologists – not as an occupation, necessarily – but as a movement.

“We are Music Technologists. We work in science, art, engineering, humanities, activism, social science, policy and industry. We believe in music technology and we want to build better worlds. We invite you to join us.”

Read and sign the Manifesto for Music Technologists.