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MusicBricks, innovating the Music Technology value chain

January 26, 2015

IMG_5078A worldwide community of music professionals and researchers, geek enthusiasts and makers invents everyday stunning music creations leveraging technology. In some cases it’s “just” entertainment, in some cases this revolutionises how music is performed, in others it produces a new worldwide business.

The IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) recently hosted in Paris the kick-off meeting of the MusicBricks project, co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, which will leverage the creative and commercial possibilities of the music environment by piloting new tools and methodologies with the new generation of SMEs, digital makers and content creators.

The MusicBricks partnership, coordinated by Sigma Orionis - in collaboration with the Innovation Coordinator Stromatolite - is composed of IRCAM, the Music Technology Group at Pompeu Fabra University, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology and the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at Vienna University of Technology.

Sigma Orionis’ mission of “connecting research to innovation and markets” couldn’t find a better application: MusicBricks wraps up in APIs, GUIs and TUIs the best of European music technology research and delivers it to the large pool of creators coming together at the hackathons of events such as the Music Tech Fest and Music Hack Day.

The best ideas emerging from the hackathons will be incubated and driven to the market combining different methods such as micro-funding, connections with the industry and mentoring. An analysis of impact, methodologies and success stories will be carried out all along the project, favouring in the future the transfer of good practices to other fields.

The project is moreover expected to produce a side cascade of positive effects: creations which don’t make it to win the awards may be directly incubated by industry players; tracking failure can improve future projects; in general, results are expected to go beyond the music technology field, both in terms of business model adoption and field of application.

MusicBricks leverages on an existing large community coming together at Music Tech Fest and Music Hack Day and on the results of previous EC-funded projects (ICT & Art Connect coordinated by Sigma Orionis, MIReS coordinated by Stromatolite and UPF): avoiding to reinvent the wheel, MusicBricks will make it run faster.

Stay tuned at #MusicBricks on social networks and mark your calendar for Music Tech Fest Scandinavia (29-31 May 2015, Umeå), Music Hack Day Barcelona (18–20 June 2015) and Music Tech Fest Central (18–20 September 2015, Ljubljana).

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