The future of music


Expand creative horizons through collaboration with other artists or with machines and the help of artificial intelligence (AI); learn about digital music infrastructures and apply blockchain technology beyond financial retribution; explore ways to create, collaborate, and learn more about how music distribution companies bring new music to audiences in an increasingly personalised way.

The art of collaboration

Three creative duos share a space for creative experimentation at Sónar 2018 and will explain the details of their collaborative work at Sónar+D.

Two regular collaborators: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. These musical innovators will be the protagonists of a conversation at Stage+D. It's not easy to see them together, so don't miss this unique opportunity to get to know them up close.

Two winning combinations: Refree and Isaki Lacuesta, Niño de Elche and Israel Galván.
One of the most popular Spanish producers starts with electronic sounds and partners with one of the most respected European filmmakers. An innovator of flamenco joins forces with an avant-garde dancer. The four of them together will share the details of their respective works at The Art of Collaboration round table. 

Machines and algorithms as creative allies

Machine learning can help musical creators to expand their creativity and access unsuspected sounds to help them. Never to replace them. 

Google Magenta repeats in Sónar+D to present its new hardware musical instruments in MarketLab and to offer two workshops to introduce its music production tools with artificial intelligence.

The company Jukedeck, one of the spearheads of artificial intelligence applied to music, proposes in Sónar+D Innovation Challenge a goal aimed at UX developers, designers and musicians, to create advanced musical tools.

Space expeditions will force astronauts to spend years outside the Earth and space tourism is already a reality that opens up questions such as: is it possible to create art outside the Earth, in a gravitational environment other than the Earth, what should the instruments be like, how can one play music when there is no gravity? The artists and researchers Nicole L'Huillier (MIT Space Exploration Initiative), Marc Marzenit and Albert Barqué-Duran, answer them with their prototypes and experiments in suborbital flights. In addition to their respective talks, Marzenit and Barqué-Duran will present the installation The Zero Gravity Band.  

Tools that open up new possibilities for expression

From Valencia, Soundcool, presents a tool for mobile platforms that allows to learn and create music and image in real time and in a collaborative way, allowing producers, djs and Visualists to express to the maximum their possibilities of collaboration.

The increasing use of headphones and emerging media such as virtual reality, the audiovisual fulldome and musical performances with 3D sound, open up different technological applications and creative possibilities. Sfëar, Eurecat's 3D sound project, will present its technology at MarketLab and a workshop to introduce attendees in immersive audio production.

Music Technology Group (UPF) proposes in Sónar+D Innovation Challenge to work with EyeHarp, an open source instrument controlled by the gaze. The target? Create musical instruments for people with mobility disabilities.

Music, internet and the promise of blockchain

The history of the Internet and of music distribution are intimately linked. Its infrastructures and technologies have built the Internet as we know it and will define its future. Mat Dryhurst and Ian Rogers, present at the conferences on the new internet, will also contribute their experience and vision of the future in the field of music. The first one, as a good connoisseur of the possibilities of blockchain (not only to pay the musicians financially) and the other one, for his experience combining internet and music since (almost) the first day.

Blockchain technology developers, full stack developers, UX designers and crypto strategy specialists have an appointment at the Sónar+D Innovation Challenge with Utopia Music. The aim: to develop a decentralised platform for rewarding artists.

Music Distribution Platforms

A sector in constant evolution, an engine of technological development, an application that helps artists to find their audience, and a service that accompanies us in our daily lives.
Two different approaches to music recommendation and discovery. Bandcamp digs deep into the platform to discover musical pearls with the help of its expert editorial team and the purchases of its numerous users; Pandora, for her part. uses complex algorithms to provide users with a highly personalized experience. Both platforms provide artists with tools to have a sustainable trade.