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A Manifesto For Music Technologists [Read & Sign]

"Music technologies create possible futures and offer new ways to inhabit the present and past. Their changes presage changes in culture, signaling trends yet to come. They are thus sites of struggles over money, membership, power, and prestige."

Last month, 21 of music techs most respected theorists came together at the Microsoft Research New England for a symposium called “What Is Music Technology For?” held in conjunction with the Music Tech Fest.

Motivated by "a passion for music, a fascination with technology and culture, and a concern for how music technology is now developing" debated and developed a set of shared principles about the future of music technology.  

"Music technologies make worlds. Let us make better worlds. Let music technology do good, serve public interest, foster belonging, justice, collaboration and sharing, enable greater access to positive musical experiences and personal connections, and create durable objects and practices."

The symposium was organized by Nancy Baym, Microsoft Research, and Jonathan Sterne, McGill University. The participants also included:

Georgina Born, University of Oxford
Andrew Dubber, Birmingham City University
Blake Durham, University of Oxford
Tarleton Gillespie, Cornell University
Mack Hagood, Miami University
Jessa Lingel, Microsoft Research
Deirdre Loughridge, University of California – Berkeley
Josh McDermott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michela Magas, Stromatolite, Founder Music Tech Fest
Jeremy Morris, University of Wisconsin
Bryan Pardo, Northwestern University.
Trevor Pinch, Cornell University
Norbert Schnell, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique
Nick Seaver, University of California – Irvine
Victoria Simon, McGill University
Aram Sinnreich, Rutgers University
Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario
Aaron Trammell, Rutgers University

Annette Markham, Aarhus University, served as facilitator.

Read, and if you agree, sign the Manifesto For Music Technologists.