Berklee Students and Faculty to Present at Sónar, Barcelona’s International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art
Berklee students and faculty will present for the second consecutive year at Sónar (June 12-14), Barcelona’s international festival of advanced music and new media art. Students in Berklee’s Music Technology Innovation master’s program will present their original projects and faculty will participate in a roundtable panel discussion at Sónar Stage +D 2.
The student projects – Orbit Suit and Robaton - will be presented at Berklee’s Music Technology Innovation Showcase on Saturday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. at Stage +D 2 at the Palau de Congressos.
Orbit Suit, a dress designed by Berklee student MZTK (Misty Jones), seeks to free artists and ‘technologists’ from their laptops. The solution is four Numark Orbit wireless controllers attached to her body. During performances, she remixes an electric guitar, plays music, and controls video at the same time, while only using the Orbit controllers.
Robaton is a robot created by students Pierluigi Barberis and Alan Tishk that plays music conducted using a virtual orchestral conducting system. Robaton will play music that was composed by Berklee master’s student Xueran Chen.
Both student projects will also be displayed throughout the festival at MarketLab, which features outstanding projects by creative laboratories, universities and companies.
On Friday, June 13, at 6:30 pm, Berklee faculty will participate in a panel called MusicBiz 2025, exploring the ways in which new technologies will reshape the music industry in the next ten years. Emilien Moyon, Berklee professor and director of the Global Entertainment and Music Business master’s program, moderates the roundtable discussion. Panelists include Stephen Webber, director of the Music Technology Innovation master’s program; Chris Carey, global insight director at Universal Music Group; and Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard.