Kickstarter’s Senior Curation Specialist & music maker in his own right Nick Yulman gave a talk at the recent Moogfest in North Carolina. After establishing a timeline of how music tech got to where it is, he breaks the next options down into five ‘strategies’ of development. Here’s a recap of his talk, with an emphasis on Kickstarter-backed music projects and products.
As Brian Eno noted, “you can’t really imagine music without technology.” From the medieval marvels of pipe organs to the digital bleeps of software synths, collaborations between music makers and instrument builders have taken place for centuries. Earlier this month, I joined the adventurous community of musicians, designers, and thinkers assembled in Durham, North Carolina for Moogfest to explore the future of music and technology, and to talk about what’s next. At Kickstarter, we have the privilege of seeing a constant stream of new ideas, and of hosting dialogues between creators and the community of supporters who help bring these new ideas to life. Many of our favorite projects center on inventions that open up new creative possibilities, and inspired by this, I gave a talk at Moogfest that looked at some of the creators who are defining the future of music tech.