First US Music Tech Fest finds musicians and computer scientists in harmony

At the first U.S.-based Music Tech Fest, people who share interests in music and technology are getting together at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, Mass. From Friday to March 23, attendees will get an earful of demos, performances, presentations and new collaborations.

Nancy Baym, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research, will be on a panel discussion during the event.

“I will be talking about my research on musicians’ perspectives on audience interaction and relationship — and how social media have and have not changed that,” she explains. “I’ll cover how social media’s potential to foster continuous ongoing relational engagement raises interpersonal opportunities and challenges and how much work it is to balance them.”

Music Tech Fest puts in one place all the elements of the music-technology ecosystem for a single event — from performers, hackers, developers and researchers to media, startups and app creators. This amalgam is billed as a “festival of ideas,” rather than as a conference.

Head over to Inside Microsoft Research to find out more about Music Tech Fest.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff