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Last May, Ben and Felix were on hand for Music Tech Fest Berlin, AKA a creative playground for music tech hackers, makers and developers of novel instrumentation and emerging artists. They were there to lend there expertise to 50 element14 Hack Camp participants who were provided with kits that included Beagle Bone Blacks, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, microphones, speakers, LEDs, and more!
MTF brought performers, technologists and innovators from around the world together to reinterpret ways of perceiving, experiencing and performing music through Open Source technology. Ben and his team interviewed, judged - and, in some cases, joined teams addressing the challenges in the hack camp.
The winner of the element14 Grand Prize went to Electronic Jungle who successfully paired element14 components with the #MusicBricks RIoT board. Their @MusicBricks project won Eyal Weisz, Francisca Rocha Gonçalves, Andrew Hlynsky, Stefan Flecke, Maryam Khatoon, Ylenia Gortana, Esther Zahn, Miguel Cabrera and Katariina Nyberg $2500 worth of element14 components.
Music Tech Fest supports and promotes hack culture as an important source of creativity. The MTF hack camp runs for 24 hours from Saturday afternoon to Sunday. As with the Music Hack day events, it focuses on music-related hack challenges, with an emphasis on performance with tangible objects, physical concepts, and new integrations between software and hardware. Past events have engaged with ideas of accessibility, fashion and wearables, and creative spaces.
Music Tech Fest was founded in London in 2012 and has taken place in Berlin, London, Paris, Umea, Boston, Ljubljana, and Wellington on multiple occasions. By bringing the MTF community and companies together, the festival enables testing, expanding, and rapid innovation as well as a place where individuals can receive support, make connections, get exposure and advice on ideas and projects.
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