Founding Consortium MusicTech Germany
from left: Matthias Jung (Landesmusikakademie Berlin), Wolfgang Senges (Contentsphere), Claudia Schwarz, Christian Rüßenberg (noisy Musicworld), Laurent Martin (Aitokaiku), Alexander Wahl (HearDis!), Henrike Gramentz (Heckmann audio), Steffen Holly (Fraunhofer Society), Stephan Schröder (livyu), Gianfranco Ceccolini (MOD devices), Julian Vogels (Soundbrenner), Konrad Lauten, Matthias Strobel, Johnannes von Jena (Ritter Butzke), Matthias Krebs (Research Centre Appmusik), Maximilian Bartel (the Venue Berlin). Missing: Stephan Baumann
Shaping the future Together
Last Friday, on 21. July 2017 we met in Berlin for the inauguration of MusicTech Germany, the Federal Association for music technology in Germany e.V. We have been already organizing events for music technology in the last weeks and months, and we have been working on the constitution, the vision, and concept for the association, but now we have officially founded MusicTech Germany. We are delighted that such a great and strong consortium of dedicated companies, experts from business and research, as well as designers, artists and free developers have come together for the creation of this world’s first association of its kind.
In order to get a more detailed overview of the respective challenges of the various sectors of industry as soon as possible, we would like to start directly with the networking of the different actors in this diverse and fragmented industry. The more we pool our resources and let our networks know about the foundation of this community of interests, the quicker we get a realistic overview of each individual’s needs. Some challenges can be overcome quickly through collaborations or other mutual support. Others, in turn, require general structural changes. To this end, we will seek discussions with public decision-makers. We will make ourselves strong for the implementation of measures that are urgently needed in Germany in order to enable innovations in the field of music technology to be faster and less bureaucratic. As music technology has an extremely wide range of applications, we will also exchange ideas with other industry associations to ensure the necessary conditions for a positive future for this industry.
MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY
Music and technology have always been directly connected. Always easier and more affordable access to new technologies, the entire value chain of the music industry was broken up in the past few decades and will change dramatically as a result in the future. From notation software and new musical instruments to digital music and distribution channels to streaming formats, apps for easy interaction with music, or novel concert experiences and ticketing solutions, the possibilities In this day and age almost infinite. Many innovations in this field have arisen mainly in this country, as well as the last great invention, the MP3 format, which, like nothing else, has changed the music industry in the long term.
The range of music technology now goes beyond the music industry and has been for some time in other vertical industries such as the games and film industry, the education sector, or the health care industry. As a federal association, we will make a decisive contribution to the development and dissemination of music technologies, in and beyond Germany, in order to strengthen the companies and talents in this field in the long run and in a sustainable way.
Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT and known worldwide for his significant participation in the development of the MP3 process, is particularly pleased that the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a founding member Engaged in the association: “Fraunhofer has become famous worldwide through its solutions for audio coding and other audio technologies and should continue to be trendsetters when it comes to innovations in the field of music technology. Membership in MusicTech Germany is a real step, because it needs a strong and interdisciplinary network in Germany in order not to miss the connection internationally. “
In addition, we will work to actively improve access to music technologies for women and to inspire more female talents for the industry. A corresponding network is to be built in the next few months. If you are interested to participate, please send us a short E-Mail and let us know how you would like to contribute.
If you have questions about MusicTech Germany, membership applications, or opportunities for collaboration, please get in touch.
We look forward to creating a network of innovators for the future music ecosystem!