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June 2017

Sónar+D lands in Madrid

Sónar+D will showcase a selection of projects from companies, creative labs and scientific research centres from Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid at La N@ve (f.k.a. Fábrica Boetticher) on Friday 13 May from 5 to 11 pm.

The presence of Sónar+D in Madrid is part of the official programme of IMPERDIBLE_01, a conference on technology, creativity, experimentation, art and music organised by Cotec Foundation.
Works on music technology, virtual reality, 3D printing, citizen science, live coding, collective experimentation and open code will be presented in 12 stands and a series of showcases.
At the same time, Italian duo Quiet Ensemble will perform 3 times their outstanding tech-show about the sound of the light, where the instruments of an orchestra are replaced by lamps of different shapes and sizes. The night will close with Barcelona-based DJ2D2, one of the most respected DJs in the Spanish scene.
Sónar+D activities in Madrid will be held at La N@ve (f.k.a. Fábrica Boetticher), in the district of Villaverde, as part of IMPERDIBLE_01, from 5 to 11 pm.

The music programme will include dj sets from outstanding music selectors of Radio3 – journalists Virginia Díaz, Leyre Guerrero, José Manuel Sebastián and  Kurry Cache – at La Terraza de Radio3 space.
Limited places. All activities are free of charge, but registration is required at this link.

The Enlightment from Quiet Ensemble


Auditorium. 18:00-18.30 | 19:30-20:00 | 21:00-21:30

Italian outfit Quiet Ensemble will play a concert where the instruments of an orchestra are replaced by different kinds lamps – instead of violins we find neon lights, strobe lights replace percussion and spotlights pointing the audience substitute clarinets. Using copper wires and a very particular process, it is possible to capture sound from electricity and thus giving voice to these light elements whose sound will be processed in real-time.

Barcelona Supercomputing Center

BSC, specialized on High Performance Computing, hosts MareNostrum, the most advanced supercomputer in Spain and one of the most powerful in Europe. Scientific Visualization Group BSC-CNS presents two data visualizations:
A.Track.tion: a visual and interactive representation of the popularity of different musical genres over the 20th century. Users will be able to browse songs, artists and musical genres and subgenres that were generated through time, know its evolution and how they influenced each other.

We Know What You Did Last Sónar: a graphic visualization of the movement and the activity of Sónar 2015 visitors with data collected from sensors linked to the wifi of the smartphones of the attendees. Infographics reveal music communities, the audience retention of an artist and the movements between stages of the crowd.


17:20-17:50 Demo CME live! with R de Rumba (Violadores del Verso) and Miguel Ángel Mercadal. La N@ve Stage

CME is a participatory research experiment that encourages the composition of songs among the participants to collect data on networking and creativity. The audience will be able to create music patterns with a set of audio samples provided in a sequencer and to see what others are creating, check their variations and add the best parts into their pieces with drag-and-drop. No musical background is required. The researcher expects that after a short period of thought full inception the best tunes will spread in the network evolving with time. Finally, R de Rumba and Miguel Ángel Mercadal will play the results mixing live the most popular and prevailing patterns.


20:15-20:45 Demo HiLo con Conductr-Cabo San Roque. La N@ve Stage.

HiLo is the first collaboration between Conductr and CaboSanRoque – they explore the relationship between musicians and technology. Barcelona duo CaboSanRoque handles objects to reveal their sound personality and play them as instruments. Thus, a typewriter, a comb or even an insecticide spray become a brand new and unique music technology. Then, Conductor turns an iPad –a device not conceived to make music– into an instrument: it analyses its resources, observes its possibilities and sets a context for music creation, building an app that suggests a different way to interact with the audio. Conductr only makes sense on iPad the same way the machine of CaboSanRoque only makes sense with that specific spray or comb. HiLo will allow the audience to interact with Tres Tristes Truenos, one of the pataphysical instruments of CaboSanRoque, using an iPad with Conductr installed.

Eurecat - Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya

Eurecat is specialised in the creation, production and distribution of 3D binaural music. These technologies anticipate the future of the music in a market with a growing interest in immersive content and surround sensations. Eurecat develops tools based on sound spatialization technologies such as VBAP or Ambisonics, as well as their own plugins to play binaural sound with headphones. The centre serves over 1,000 companies and has offices in Catalonia and Brazil. After more than 160 R+D+i projects and 73 patents, Eurecat accelerates innovation and provides specialised knowledge to the companies. The audience will be able to experiment with their technology in a small 3D installation where the users will ‘play with’ sounds moving them through space with different controllers. A selection of binaural productions will also be showcased.

Future Lighthouse

VR experiences creative studio with offices in Madrid and Los Angeles. Their work is focused on telling stories though immersive technology for brands, agencies and companies, as well as developing their own projects. Future Lighthouse are the creators of the very first VR episodes for a TV series, ‘El Ministerio del Tiempo’ (The Ministry of Time). Future Lighthouse will host:
Tomorrow: immersive experience that narrates the evolution of the language inspired by the Hopi people and their radically different concept of the future, since there was no specific word for ‘tomorrow’ in their language.
El Ministerio del Tiempo: VR experience where users can enter the sets of the TV series ‘El Ministerio del Tiempo’ (The Ministry of Time) and interact with its characters.


This cultural association based in Zaragoza carries out creative projects on printing technologies. Makeroni is also specialised in the research of artificial vision. These are some of their projects:
Impresora de Huevos: printer that functions on oval surfaces.
Eye of Horus: open source platform that allows controlling any device just by looking at it. This project won the Kennedy Space Center Space Apps Challenge in 2015.
SSV: a system that assists visually impaired people through a 3D camera and vibrations.
Touchable: interactive tool that makes tactile any surface without the need to use a screen, just using a multimedia device that eradicates remote controllers and offers a wide range of applications, from domestic use to medical use.
Nevera Mental: a machine that offers a soda can when the user concentrates while wearing a helmet that measures brain waves. A collaboration between Dlabs el Hackerspace de Zaragoza y Cooking Hacks.

Makespace Madrid

Non-profit organization specialised in the promotion of the maker culture and the experimentation with creative processes and digital manufacturing. Makespace Madrid organise workshops, generate documentation and host activities that bring innovation, emerging technologies and industrial prototyping closer to the general public. They are the authors of the “Manual de Supervivencia Maker” (‘Maker Survival Handbook’), the first book written in Spanish with basic information on Arduino, 3D printing and robotics, amongst other issues. At MarketLab, they will showcase different examples of 3D printing like ceramic and plastic, as well as the premiere of the 3D food printer from the project Foodlab. The audience will be able to experiment with interactive graffiti and 3D scanners, as well as to interact with a handmade instrument called Musidone, intended for making music creation easier for everyone.


Public space for citizen participation focused on learning and experimentation, catalysing digital communities from Madrid and the rest of the world, as well as bringing the maker culture and open source closer to the public for over 10 years. At MarketLab, Medialab-Pro will showcase:

  • Autofabricantes: open code crowdsourced electric prosthetic hand.
  • MY/CODE/IS/ALIVE: a project by Jesús Lara from the live coding group where music is performed live from code-writing.
  • Hertz Lovers: digital manufacture applied to the design and making of acoustic panels for recording studios.
  • Isolation Furniture: artistic project by Carlos Mate that uses the furniture design as a tool for critique and reflection.


18:45-19:15 Oval Demo. La N@ve Stage.

Oval is a musical instrument from the new wave of expressive MIDI controllers that explore organic and intuitive performances by using the latest generation of responsive sensors. Oval operates connected to an app for smartphones, tablets and computers. Inspired by the family ofthe acoustic instruments calledhandpans, Oval offers total freedom to create sounds and is a tool for learning and live performing. The manufacture of Oval was backed by a successful crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter.


Since 2011, Ultra-lab works on the promotion of creative technologies, digital manufacture and open hardware for creative and educational purposes, to make them more accessible to the general public. Ultra-lab activities are focused on the sale of open hardware, organisation of workshops and design of projects, documentation and contents (articles, maps, documentaries…). Ultra-lab will exhibit technologies designed for apps such as littleBits, Touch Board, conductive ink, e-textile and 3D printing, in two interactive sound installations.


SciFabric develops technologies for the creation of crowdsourcing platforms for research and data enrichment. Their research projects use methodologies based on collaboration (citizen science). SciFabric have been heavily involved in humanitarian work, preventing the spread of malaria in Africa and managing the relief supplies in Philippines after Typhoon Pablo. They collaborated with the research on cancer, recovered a vast collection of artifacts from the Bronze Age, studied the light pollution from the space and determined how gravity affects antimatter. All SciFabric projects are carried out using PyBossa, a technology developed by themselves, and collected data is open and available for everybody. Scifabric will present at MarketLab:

  • Señor Alérgeno (in collaboration with Soysuper): it detects if products contain gluten.
  • Cities at Night (in collaboration with Complutense University): a study on light pollution through photographs taken from the International Space Station.
  • Micropasts (British Museum andUniversity College London): a platform that helped making available a large collection of objects from the Bronze Age and creating 3D models of some of them.
  • PyBossa & Raspberry Pi: onsite birds and other animals data collection using motion sensors, infrared lasers and photographic cameras placed in the forest. Analysis is performed in real time.


Zynthian is a sound synthesis platform that works on open source software and hardware. Its small size and ease of use make Zynthian a perfect tool for the studio, audio production and sound design, and live performances. Easy to configure, hackable and update-friendly, Zynthian is currently under development and open to anybody who wants to build their own Zynthian Box and thus contributing to its software development.