Most digital technology applications are created from a Western perspective. Programs for playing music on computers, synthesizers or software for composing music are designed based on how we understand music in the West. But there are many different musical cultures, and the development of music technology should provide tools to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of all the musical traditions with non-Western roots, and at the same time, should provide tools for music creation tailored to the particularities of these music traditions.
Xavi Serra is a member of the Music Technology Group at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and the coordinator of CompMusic (Computational Models for the Discovery of the World’s Music). This is an international project using information technology tools to investigate the musical characteristics of five different traditions: the Hindustani (North Indian), Carnatic (South Indian), makam (Turkey), the Arabic-Andalusian (from the Maghreb), and the Peking Opera (China).
Kalbata (Ariel Tagar) is a music producer and he has released records on labels including Soul Jazz, Tru Thoughts and Greenmoney Recordings, has provided remixes for renowned artists and also runs two record labels: Fortuna Records, which specializes in reissues of Israeli psychedelic music and rhythms of the Middle East, and Spring Hill Records, dedicated to rescuing gems of Jamaican music from oblivion. He has recently collaborated with producer Mixmonster to create “Congo Beat The Drum”, an all-analog dub album, featuring Jamaican music legends from the early 1980s. All the recording process is documented on a feature film that is currently showing at film festivals all over the world.
Peter Kirn is a musician and visual artist, journalist and creative technologist. He is the creator of the popular Create Digital Music blog specializing in music technology, and its sister publication Create Digital Motion. His work as an artist is in the field of live electronic audiovisuals. His technological work also includes the development and teaching of creative tools such as the open source synthesizer MeeBlip.