The MTF Podcast

The MTF Podcast
Interviews, presentations and discussions from the world of MTF

100. The Universe in a Grain of Sand
Oct 23 • 96 min
A compilation of some highlights from the past two years of the MTF Podcast, showcasing the brilliant, diverse and fascinating people of MTF.
99. Marta de Menezes – Nature?
Oct 16 • 59 min
“What does it mean to have a system in our body that decides what is ‘me’ and what is ‘not me’? I need to understand better how that works.”
98. Sumit Bothra – Managing Nicely
Oct 9 • 73 min
“Taking credit for the work that you do is not stroking your ego. It’s about recognising your impact on history. And why shouldn’t you?”
97. Lotta Ahlvar – Designer Chair
Oct 2 • 57 min
“The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. It’s only the food industry that is worse…”
96. Marc Brown – Byta
Sep 26 • 44 min
“There needs to be substantial cultural change in the music business. Things have improved, but that’s no excuse and there’s a long way to go.”
95. Sara Herrlin – Music Tech Connector
Sep 19 • 34 min
“Don’t forget that music in Sweden is not a niche - it’s larger than all of tech put together. So of course, Music Tech is small, but it’s buzzing and growing with fantastic ideas.”
94. David Batstone – Not For Sale
Sep 11 • 39 min
“I believe in Democratic Capitalism. And the problem today is that we have Feudal Capitalism. Most people in the world do not have access to capital to pursue their dreams. I’m trying to democratise the capitalist system.”
93. Shain Shapiro – Sound Diplomacy
Sep 5 • 53 min
“We underestimate the power that music has, and yet we’re using its power every day without recognising it. And it doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is - you’re uniting people through the power of music.”
92. Lisa Lang – What to Wear on Mars
Aug 27 • 45 min
“When you wear fabrics in space, they give off fibre which blocks the air ventilation. That’s kind of a disadvantage if you want to breathe.”
91. Allen Bargfrede – Legally Verified
Aug 20 • 41 min
“When I first wrote the book eleven years ago, we were entering into a digital age. We are not exiting it any time in the near future.”
90. Sandra Wall – Norrköping City of Music
Aug 15 • 41 min
“I was always the odd one out. A culture lover in a family of sports. In the end it was music that was the connection for me. It always came back to music.”
89. Cliff Fluet – Counsel for the Disruptive
Aug 6 • 48 min
Cliff Fluet is a digital media lawyer and music tech business advisor. “A very wise client said to me that the thing about Covid is that it’s deadly in the face of underlying conditions. And that’s as much true for business models as it is for people.”
88. Gabriella Coleman – Anonymous Hackademic
Jul 30 • 51 min
Gabriella Coleman is the world’s leading expert on Anonymous and an anthropologist who covers the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking. “Since computers are attached to everything - from your pacemaker to a nuclear reactor - with the right software,…
87. Mark de Clive-Lowe – Heritage and History
Jul 23 • 60 min
Mark de Clive-Lowe is an innovative musician and producer who has worked with some of the greats in jazz, R&B/Soul, Dance and Electronic music. “You could play Herbie Hancock note for note, but you’ll never be Herbie Hancock. And if you do really nail it,…
86. Vickie Nauman – Music Software Law Product
Jul 16 • 65 min
Vickie Nauman is a consultant to music startups, the former President of 7Digital and head of business development for SONOS. “You build the right model, you build the right infrastructure, and you get it right from the beginning with a smaller collection…
85. Anouk Wipprecht – Robotic Couture
Jul 9 • 56 min
Anouk Wipprecht is a Dutch fashion tech designer. “The more I wear this garment, the more it gets to know me. So that’s an interesting discussion between the fashion industry and the tech industry.”
84. Kris Halpin – Gloves Off
Jul 3 • 59 min
Musician Kris Halpin uses Mi.Mu gloves as an accessible instrument. “I thought people are just going to boo me if this doesn’t work, but the opposite happened. They seemed to get that it was bleeding edge stuff.”
83. Bengi Ünsal – Lockdown Meltdown
Jun 26 • 43 min
Bengi Ünsal is Head of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre. “Live streaming, maybe it was coming - but this coronavirus situation has forced it on us and it’s so accelerated. Maybe most of the companies are left behind already - including us. So…
82. Rastko Petaković – k/talks: MTF & Copyright
Jun 19 • 60 min
Rastko Petaković is Senior Partner at Serbian law firm Karanovic & Partners. “I had a discussion with one of my father’s friends. He was under the impression that music stopped evolving around the late 80s. For me, that was the time when it really…
81. Zane Lowe – Years Ago
Jun 11 • 54 min
Zane Lowe is co-head of artist relations at Apple Music and host of the flagship show on the Apple Music platform. “That whole thing about how people say I’m good at interviews - it’s because I love musicians. I love being around them. I love talking…
80. Agnieszka Roginska – Immersed in Audio
May 28 • 45 min
Agnieszka Roginska is Professor of Music Technology at New York University and President of AES - the Audio Engineering Society. “I think because the technology is evolving, it is giving new ideas and new forms of expression and creativity to artists.”
79. Derek Sivers – How to Live, Baby
May 22 • 57 min
Author Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby and a TED speaker. “I don’t ever tell people that they should be like me. If fact, I like it better when they’re not. I don’t want to convince you to my way of thinking.”
78. Jason Singh – Dialogue with the World
May 15 • 47 min
Jason Singh is a Manchester-based composer, vocal artist, sound designer and DJ. “What I thrive on is being in those kind of scenarios and projects and environments where I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
77. Arielle Duhaime-Ross: Reset
May 8 • 45 min
Arielle Duhaime-Ross is the host of Vox’s technology podcast RESET. “I want people to feel something. I don’t think that technology is very often about empathy and I would like for my podcast to change that. I want to make the most human tech podcast you…
76. Ethan Diamond – Bandcamp
May 1 • 54 min
Ethan Diamond is the CEO of Bandcamp. “The response was amazing. It ended up being 4.3 million dollars in 24 hours. People bought about 800,000 items in that day. About 15 times a normal Friday for us.”
75. Nitin Sawhney – Isolation Aftershock
Apr 24 • 45 min
Nitin Sawhney is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and chair of the PRS Foundation. “Music can enhance our feelings and moods during a time in which we’re feeling isolated, confined and frustrated.”
74. Doug de Angelis – From the Midi Room
Apr 17 • 37 min
Doug de Angelis is a legendary LA music producer, TV composer and innovator. “The challenge is figuring out how we (the music industry) do what the game industry did from an innovation standpoint.”
73. Virginia Dignum – Responsible AI
Apr 10 • 34 min
Virginia Dignum is Professor in Responsible AI at Umeå University in Sweden. She advises to the European Commission and World Economic Forum on AI. “There is no business model for unethical AI.”
72. Matt Morton – Apollo Moog Mission
Apr 3 • 62 min
“I would have loved to carry this idea of only using 1969 technology all the way to the bleeding edge…” Film score composer Matt Morton used 50 year old synths to soundtrack the award winning documentary about Apollo 11.
71. Terry Tyldesley – Kat Five
Mar 27 • 34 min
“I may be a bit of a late starter for a solo single, but hey - never say never!” Terry Tyldesley has been involved in Music Tech Fest since the very beginning. She bridges the worlds of geekery, startups, politics and DIY electro punk.
70. Jon Greenaway – TheLitCritGuy
Mar 19 • 50 min
“Monsters can be beaten. Maybe not all of us make it. Maybe not everyone survives the masked man with the chainsaw… but the fight goes on.” Jon Greenaway is a horror fiction scholar, media critic, political theorist, and public intellectual.
69. Beverley Whitrick – Trust in the Future of Music
Mar 12 • 51 min
“We are absolutely not against people trying to make money. Obviously. But it’s pretty much impossible.” Beverley Whitrick is Strategic Director of the Music Venue Trust, a charity set up to protect and improve grassroots music venues.
68. Ben Feist – Apollo in Real Time
Mar 6 • 47 min
“The Mission Control audio from the Apollo 13 explosion that hasn’t been heard since 1970… we’re digitising it right now.” Ben Feist’s Apollo In Real Time project commemorates our greatest scientific adventures.
67. Michela Magas – Prototyping Policy
Feb 28 • 33 min
“We’re facing so many unknown unknowns. Creative practitioners are the ones who have the methodologies to tackle these new scenarios.” Michela Magas is an innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7.
66. Katarina Gospic – Social VR
Feb 21 • 22 min
Katarina Gospic is a Virtual Reality Brain Specialist. She’s an author, a medical doctor, brain researcher, and the Director of Neuroscience at VR and AR company Spinview Global. Katarina joined Andy Swann to discuss immersive and social worlds that we…
65. Sam Gribben – Local Practice
Feb 14 • 36 min
Sam Gribben is the founder and CEO of Melodics - a music education software platform. As the former CEO of Serato and a champion of music tech, he discusses what makes a place work as a capital of innovation, of music tech and creativity - and why…
64. Morgan Donoghue – A Life, inMusic
Feb 6 • 55 min
Morgan Donoghue is the Managing Director of inMusic, which includes brands such as Denon, AKAI, Alesis, M-Audio, Marantz, Numark, and Rane. He was the CCO at Serato for 5 years and is an investor in both Melodics and Nura Headphones. He’s had a stellar…
63. Celine Xu – The Art Forger and the FBI Agent
Jan 30 • 29 min
Celine Xu is a Senior Data Scientist at Axel Johnson, a huge group of companies in Sweden with millions of daily customers. She creates and develops AI recommendation systems for industrial applications. She explains how Generative Adversarial Networks…
62. Dan Hill part 2 – Sound of Cities
Jan 24 • 41 min
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova - Sweden’s Government Innovation Authority where he invents the future of cities. This is the second in a two-part series in which Dan explores the history of the future of digital music, the cultural…
61. Dan Hill part 1 – Cities of Sound
Jan 17 • 41 min
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, where he invents the future of cities. His story brings together innovation, design, music, gender, computer science and lots more. He’s been the Head of Interactive Tech at the BBC, Director of Web at…
60. Ethan Hein – Groove Pizza
Dec 6, 2019 • 24 min
Ethan Hein is an adjunct professor of Music Tech at NYU. He’s also the inventor of the Groove Pizza - a unique musical interface that decodes rhythm.
59. Charles Ess – Reflecting on AI Ethics
Nov 29, 2019 • 58 min
Charles Ess is a philosopher and Media Studies professor at the University of Oslo. He specialises in the study of ethics in the digital age, and specifically the ethics of AI and robotics.
58. Kirsty Almeida – The Meaning of Magic
Nov 22, 2019 • 32 min
Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Almeida is returning to releasing music after a long hiatus to re-evaluate life, become a parent and work on other creative pursuits. She talks about her past experience with major record labels as well as…
57. Matthias Strobel – Music Tech Germany
Nov 15, 2019 • 34 min
Matthias Strobel is the founder and president of Music Tech Germany. In this week’s podcast he tells his personal story of success and failure in the music tech startup world and explains where the whole sector is heading and what it needs most right now.
56. Jeni Oliver – The Place of Creativity
Nov 7, 2019 • 28 min
Jeni Oliver is the Creative Industries Development Manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Scotland. Jeni nurtures and supports businesses from handcrafters to games developers and connects them with the world. She spoke to MTF Director Andrew…
55. Harry Yeff – Reeps 101
Nov 1, 2019 • 53 min
Harry Yeff has been a big part of MTF’s mission to put human creativity at the heart of AI development. He’s a beatboxer and experimental vocalist who also happens to be at the cutting edge of AI research. He’s been in residence at Harvard University and…
54. MTF Örebro
Oct 28, 2019 • 27 min
MTF teamed up with Örebro University for “Humans in da Loop” - a meeting of minds between academia, innovators and industry. The immersive labs at MTF Örebro focused on democratising AI innovation and putting humans and creativity at the centre of…
53. Robin Rimbaud – Scanner
Oct 23, 2019 • 24 min
Robin Rimbaud is Scanner. He’s a sound artist and composer who explores the experimental terrain between sound and space. He introduced his work and his life in sound on stage at MTFBerlin in 2016.
52. Ian Hunter – Super Model
Oct 11, 2019 • 31 min
Ian Hunter is an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and miniatures builder for Hollywood superhero films and science fiction. He spends much of his time making intricate models and then blowing them up as the cameras roll.
51. Lucie Caswell – FAC: Forever Amending Copyright
Oct 4, 2019 • 26 min
Lucie Caswell is the CEO of FAC - the Featured Artists Coalition - who lobby on copyright issues for artists in the light of new technologies and culture.
50. Tobias Edman – Space for Everyone
Sep 26, 2019 • 30 min
Dr Tobias Edman is Head of Innovation and Public Benefit at the Swedish National Space Agency. His job is to take space data and ensure that it’s useful - both to business and to the planet.
49. Cheline Jaidar – Apple’s Alchemist
Sep 20, 2019 • 34 min
Cheline Jaidar went from corporate creative recruiter and advocate for homeless people and victims of domestic violence to being in charge of putting together the Industrial Design Team led by Jonathan Ive at Apple. She talks about her journey and the…
48. Niclas Molinder – In Session
Sep 13, 2019 • 34 min
Niclas Molinder is a Swedish songwriter / producer and CEO of Session (formerly Auddly) - a music rights startup with some phenomenal industry support. His partners include Max Martin and Björn Ulvaeus, and Session is working with ProTools, Universal,…
47. Deirdre Nelson – Arctic Crafts
Sep 6, 2019 • 28 min
Deirdre Nelson is an Irish textile artist and designer. She has been working with the Circumpolar Crafters Network and has some lessons for hackers and electronic artists from the people who skin seals to make their shoes.
46. Andrew Robertson – Reality Producer
Aug 30, 2019 • 34 min
Andrew Robertson is a TV producer based in Glasgow. He lifts the curtain on reality show ethics and talks about how we can tell engaging stories from life in the digital age.
45. John Robb – Punk’s Not Political
Aug 23, 2019 • 44 min
John Robb is a journalist and musician. He has a lot to say about music and culture. His take on how to be a music fan and how to connect that with your politics and your place in the world is uplifting and inspiring.
44. Alfred Crown & Michele Benincaso – 5G Remote Jamming
Aug 16, 2019 • 21 min
Alfred Crown is a radio engineer at Ericsson. Michele Benincaso is the CEO of Mind Music Labs. They each joined BBC technology reporter LJ Rich on stage at MTF Stockholm to discuss their 5G innovation project MusiConnect which solves latency for remote…
43. Roxy Shah – Sync the World
Aug 9, 2019 • 25 min
Roxy Shah is a music supervisor at Record Play. She works on big campaigns for the likes of Google and Adidas and with artists from all over the world at all stages of their career.
42. Jay O’Callahan – Storyteller to the Stars
Aug 2, 2019 • 43 min
Jay O’Callahan is an American storyteller in the very traditional sense of the word. He was commissioned by NASA to tell their own story to them and to others at an iconic moment in its history.
41. Daniel Ray – Ultimate Innovator
Jul 26, 2019 • 63 min
Daniel Ray is the Innovation Director of Ultimate Guitar. He came to MTF Frankfurt this year to take part in the #MTFLabs and to talk about why it’s so important to put creativity at the centre of innovation across all industry sectors.
40. Hannah Overton – Secretly in Charge
Jul 19, 2019 • 24 min
Hannah Overton is General Manager for UK & Europe at Secretly Group (Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian). She shares the important lessons from her experience rising through the ranks of the music business as a young woman with no obvious way in.
39. Dan Butler – The Rock in Rocketman
Jul 12, 2019 • 23 min
Dan Butler is Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal for Music at Paramount Pictures. His role is to put together the deals that get the big music into the big movies. Among other things, he’s the guy who put the rock in Rocketman…
38. Laura Hassler – Musicians Without Borders
Jul 4, 2019 • 32 min
Laura Hassler is a lifelong peace activist and musician. She’s the founder and director of Musicians Without Borders who put music at the centre of her work to bring communities together and build bridges in the aftermath of war. Musicians Without Borders…
37. David Peris – Digital Plumber to the Stars
Jun 27, 2019 • 27 min
David Peris makes and maintains websites for rock stars. He tells the story of how he went from watching MTV in his bedroom to running websites for Celine Dion and Roger Waters. And how he ended up with a lot more than just the free CDs he was hoping for…
36. Cory Doctorow – Radicalized on the Internet
Jun 21, 2019 • 34 min
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, blogger and activist. In this week’s MTF podcast, he talks about copyright legislation and the trouble with predicting the future.
35. Steve Lawson – SoloBassSteve
Jun 13, 2019 • 39 min
Steve Lawson is an internationally-acclaimed improvising solo bassist. He gets on a stage by himself with a bass guitar and creates music that not even he has ever heard before. Which - as he puts it - sounds more like a dare than a job.
34. Hattie Collins – This is Grime
Jun 6, 2019 • 21 min
Hattie Collins is the Music Editor of i-D Magazine, and the author of This is Grime - an oral history of a music that has seen a lot of changes since it began less than 20 years ago. She discusses the origins of grime music and its place in UK culture.
33. Tim Palm – DJ Arthro and his Spaceship
May 31, 2019 • 46 min
Tim Palm is a music producer and engineer. As DJ Arthro, he performs live electronic dance music - mostly using his nose. He talks about how teamed up with a group of brilliant innovators at MTF Stockholm to address a challenge for artists with…
32. #MTFLabs at Infobip – Pula, Croatia
May 24, 2019 • 33 min
#MTFPula was at Infobip - one of Europe’s fastest growing software unicorns. If you want to learn about the personal experiences and insights from the #MTFLabs collaboration with industry, this is the episode to listen to.
31. Tim Yates & Tom Fox: Hackoustic
May 17, 2019 • 23 min
#MTFLabs leaders Tim Yates and Tom Fox make new sounds out of found objects & cutting edge innovation from old-school tinkering.
30. Matthew Hawn – Audio Networker
May 9, 2019 • 33 min
In this week’s MTF Podcast: Matthew Hawn discusses his journey from Silicon Valley to Abbey Road, and his influential role at ground zero of pretty much every major change in the recorded music industry in the digital age.
29. Marlies Endres – Innovating Aviation
May 3, 2019 • 24 min
In this week’s MTF Podcast: Marlies Endres, Lean and Process Manager at Lufthansa discusses the innovation lessons learned at the MTF Pro Labs and how they can be applied in the airline industry.
28. Christian Guttmann – Explaining AI
Apr 26, 2019 • 55 min
In this week’s MTF Podcast: Christian Guttmann, Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Tieto discusses the present and future of AI in society.
27. Paul D. Miller – DJ Spooky
Apr 19, 2019 • 31 min
In this week’s MTF Podcast: Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid remixes the entirety of technology and society into a 30 minute conversation.
26. Helen Leigh – Crafty Tech
Apr 12, 2019 • 33 min
Helen Leigh is the author of The Crafty Kids Guide to DIY Electronics. She brings together craft and technology and makes it accessible to anyone. She was one of the MTF Labs leaders at MTF Frankfurt, where she spoke to MTF Director Andrew Dubber about…
25. Daniel Haver – Native Instruments
Apr 5, 2019 • 45 min
Daniel Haver has taken Native Instruments from 6 to 600 people over the past two decades. He joined MTF Director Andrew Dubber for an in-depth conversation about his personal journey as well as his philosophies of business leadership and life in general.
24. Ann Hiatt – Organising Google
Mar 29, 2019 • 24 min
Ann Hiatt has spent the past 15 years as the right hand to Eric Schmidt of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. She’s now an advisor to Silicon Valley tech startups with a real insight into creative innovation and expansion strategies that comes from an…
23. Björn Ulvaeus – One of the Bs
Mar 21, 2019 • 39 min
Björn Ulvaeus is a music technology investor and partner in an end-to-end music rights application and tool for managing songwriting splits. He also happens to be one of the Bs in ABBA.
22. Ching-Ching Chen – Capitol Gains
Mar 16, 2019 • 23 min
“From an inspiration standpoint, I think it is really amazing to take a place that has become the temple of the music industry for the last 75 years now.”
21. Scott Cohen – Leaving the Orchard
Mar 8, 2019 • 31 min
“Being a white male gives you privilege, and it’s sad that it does. Hopefully that won’t be the case in the next generation.” Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard discusses his journey to global digital music domination - and what’s next.
20. Jeremy Morris – Keeper of the Podcasts
Mar 2, 2019 • 24 min
“It really came out of desire and real passion.”
19. Nancy Baym – Playing to the Crowd
Feb 24, 2019 • 22 min
“I felt like it was very important that younger women have an example of a woman who has been extremely successful in the academy and who has a life.”
18. Susanne Fuglsang – Innovation Catalyst
Feb 14, 2019 • 24 min
“The reason I fell in love with Music Tech Fest is because you do what I think is the most necessary thing in society today. It is about bringing technology and creative people together.”
17. Adam Scrimshire – World’s First T-jay
Feb 7, 2019 • 22 min
“I wanted to learn more instruments because I wanted to understand what it is that defines how an instrument sounds”
16. Dr Kelly Snook – Concordia
Feb 1, 2019 • 24 min
“Sometimes you don’t know what you are looking for. Then you just have to try stuff and invent a tool that allows people to experiment.”
15. Aly Gillani – Sticking Labels on Bandcamp
Jan 24, 2019 • 16 min
“The technology behind Bandcamp has revolutionized how my label is run.”
14. Anette Novak – Media Literacy
Jan 18, 2019 • 25 min
“I hope that we can be a facilitator to create a movement where a lot of actors start moving in the same direction.”
13. Marcus O’Dair – Distributed Creativity
Jan 10, 2019 • 21 min
“It captures the idea that things are synchronised, there’s one source of truth, but it’s got that sense of taking out the big corporate middle-man.”
12. The Splice Trackathon™ at #MTFStockholm 2018
Jan 4, 2019 • 28 min
“You’ve been just given a sample to use and manipulate. You’ve got to make something that moves me.“
11. Graham Massey – Musical Pioneer
Dec 28, 2018 • 55 min
“People will respond to any kind of music.”
10. Nebojša Stanojević – Synergy Moon
Dec 20, 2018 • 18 min
“It’s really pulling the people all around the world to create the same thing.”
09. Anne Dvinge: Amplified Togetherness
Dec 13, 2018 • 21 min
“Basically if you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”
08. D.D. Jackson: Music for Media
Dec 6, 2018 • 23 min
“I realized that I am weirdly open to things that come my way.”
07. Peter Jenner: 50 Years
Nov 29, 2018 • 22 min
In this MTF podcast, Peter Jenner reflects on his career as a music manager for legendary artists, from the free festival movement of the 60s to data management.
06. Danica Kragic: Robotics and AI
Nov 22, 2018 • 18 min
“You cannot build new things if you don’t come in contact with people that don’t challenge you.”
05. Jan Bang: Live Sampling
Nov 21, 2018 • 22 min
“The mixture of electronics, acoustics and electrical instruments, that’s the beauty and the beast.”
04. Matilda George: 5G Innovation
Nov 15, 2018 • 15 min
“They have developed technology where two musicians can play in real time from two locations.”
03. Martine-Nicole Rojina: Moonbounce
Nov 9, 2018 • 19 min
“When I did it for the first time, I was completely breathless. I suddenly realized that my voice just travelled 800,000 kilometers.”
02. Stephan Plank: The Potential of Noise
Nov 2, 2018 • 17 min
“I was reminded of one of the sentences of Conny who used to say quite often, Craziness is Holy.”
01. LJ Rich: Synaesthesia and Music Genres
Oct 24, 2018 • 16 min
“Music is my assembly language.”