Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020 – Innovation Stage

The 2020 edition of the Karajan Music Tech Conference was held online entirely, for a virtual version was the adequate solution during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Thematically, the program was contemplating the human role in this increasingly technical world.

How can we use technology in the service of music? – Eldbjørg Hemsing

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, Managing Director of the Eliette und Herbert von Karajan Institute Matthias Röder talked to the Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing about arts and culture as the driving force for technological innovation. “Most important for young musicians is to know that there is no set path someone should follow – you should be evolving your curiosity and stimulate their experimentation to not become only musicians, but also cultural entrepreneurs, leaders, thinkers or agents of change. I feel that there is a need in shaping a more future oriented generations of classical musicians - a future where artists are the driving force towards a more accessible culture, not afraid of experiments and possible failures.” - Eldbjørg Hemsing

Developing the digital leaders of tomorrow – Sara Kaiser

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, Managing Director of the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute Matthias Röder talked to the Sara Kaiser about innovation & creativity in the context of (tech) education. Sara Kaiser is on a mission to develop the next generation of digital leaders. She is the Program Director of the Luxembourg Tech School, an innovative extracurricular school that focuses on hands-on experiential learning. It is aimed at 13-19 years old students who are passionate about the digital realm and eager to learn and apply technology in a real business context. The students have to tackle challenges by themselves. Just like in real life. They get personalized coaching and work on their own projects. It's like a high-end executive business and technology workshop but for teenagers.

Personalizing TV entertainment – Eva Wimmers & Christof Haslauer

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, the founder of Silicon Castles Andreas Spechtler talked to CEO of NativeWaves GmbH Eva Wimmers and Co-Founder and CTO of NativeWaves Christof Haslauer about a broadcasting experience reimagined. Imagine you are watching your favorite sports event or live concert, and you could choose any camera angle at your fingertips? Wouldn't it be great if you could watch Formula 1 and only experience the perspective of your favorite driver and team? This is technically possible. The startup behind this solution is Native Waves. Their global mission is to personalize broadcasting entertainment.

What is good art? – Katharina Jeschke & Peter Maniura

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, IMZ Secretary General Katharina Jeschke and Freelance Director + Digital Strategist Peter Maniura talked about what “good” looks like for digital projects in the performing arts. We are currently experiencing a watershed moment in the arts. Up until recently digital art has been seen and treated as a gimmick. Today it is a cornerstone in the performing arts. This thought-provoking talk by the leadership team of the IMZ International Music + Media Centre is providing answers to the BIG questions: + How can we establish a deep connection with our audience? + How can we tell better stories? + And how can we provide a more meaningful experience for the individual as well as for the collective?

Digitizing scores & unlocking the classics – Cynthia Liem

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, CFO/COO at Karajan Institute Henry Ladewig talked to Assistant Professor at the Multimedia Group of Delft University of Technology Cynthia Liem about digitizing scores, unlocking the classics and more. Cynthia Liem is a computer science professor whose research was funded by Google and a classically trained concert pianist. She is pursuing and combining both her domains with rigour. In her academic work she researches how people can discover music to their liking independent from their previous shown preferences. Why? Because there are potentially hundreds of millions of people who might enjoy classical music but due to a lack of exposure they won't have the opportunity to discover it. Cynthia Liem wants to change that. Furthermore she is working on a large-scale project called 'Trompa' to digitize classical music in the public domain through crowdsourcing techniques.

How to generate a symphony – Mark Gotham

At the Karajan Music Tech Online Conference 2020, founder-director of the social enterprise “Four Score and More” Mark Gotham talked about how to generate a symphony. Beethoven began working on a 10th symphony shortly before his death. He was unable to finish the work, and he left behind only a few sketches for it. Now, an international team of musicologists and computer scientists plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a plausible completed version of the symphony. Their aim, so to speak, is to pick up Beethoven's pen right where he last put it down. Mark Gotham who is a member of the expert team explains in this talk the particular starting points and methods they are using in order to generate Beethoven's 10th symphony.

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