Packed in the sweaty back room of the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, air condition turned off for no particular reason, a veritable who’s-who of some of the most promising (discovered and unknown) music tech start-up masters took turns circling the room like Tyler Durden at the center of a (very friendly) Fight Club.
On June 21st, 2011 the NYC Music:Tech Meetup — a recurring event with members as loyal as in any fight club imaginable — came together to drink, network, and spend five minutes a piece presenting their visions for the future of music tech.
The various innovations presented that night ranged from the simple to the technical, and from the most modest of ambitions to the farthest reaching.
On one end of the spectrum, Matt Schwarz’s notefi.me takes aim at a simple (and exceedingly useful) service — sending useful information (in this case touring info) to interested parties via the oldest form of communication on the internet — email.
Jason Herskowitz’s Tomahawk player, on the other hand, has a more lofty set of ambitions. Tomahawk, which looks an awful lot like iTunes, grabs music from every source available — itunes libraries, spotify accounts, rhapsody subscriptions, etc. using meta data. In this way, Tomahawk seeks to tear down the walls between music consumption services. The player is an open source effort with a strong social component tied in — users can easily check out what their friends are listening to at any given moment.
Other topics covered that night ranged from water marking music for tracking purposes, arranging pop music for orchestras using midi and selling the arrangements to actual orchestras, and automatically finding plug-ins for that track you’ve been composing using pre-recorded beats and virtual instruments.
For a full list of participants and their work, see below. I highly recommend taking a few minutes to peruse each website individually. If I had to put money on the next great tech start-up in the music space, mark my words — I’d put my money on a company that I heard of first at a Music:Tech meetup.
Full list of speakers were as follows:
- Walt Ribeiro www.fororchestra.com
- Bjorn Roche www.xonami.com
- Edward Aten www.swift.fm
- Gregory Schnese www.musarocks.com
- Patrice Tarabbia www.bigtickaudio.com
- Jason Herskowitz www.tomahawk-player.org
- Eliot Van Buskirk www.evolver.fm
- Matt Schwarz www.notefi.me
- Baris Sarer www.gigsby.com
- Paul Martin www.digsound.com
- Dan Kantor www.ex.fm
Post by Alex Horowitz