Nine degrees north of equator, in Sri Lanka, there’s a city called Jaffna. Half of 9°N's members come from that city. Armed to the teeth with instruments like bamboo flute and cajon, they aim to challenge and expand people's musical preferences, by presenting something that sounds different from more dominating soundscapes. The band describes music as being energetic and combining genres like baila, flamenco, karnatic music and jazz. They are performing at Voksenåsen the 21st of June.
Peter Baden has worked with music and technology for twenty years. He has developed the concept Rhythms from Space – an interactive concert performance involving two drum-o-nauts on a dangerous mission through space. By using Kinect technology, he can collect data from the movements of his audience and let them use their bodies to manipulate microphones, sound, visual 3D models and video in a scenic context. On Boost, Baden will talk about and explain this concept and show us how it works in practice!
Nosizwe Baqwa is a South African/Norwegian singer. Her debut album In Fragments was released in 2016 and featured a playful mix of soul, jazz, blues, electronica and hip-hop. Baqwa has a Master's Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy and has worked as a producer at Oslo World Music Festival. At Boost, she will be moderating the session When Inequality Becomes Censorship, that will discuss how the lack of equal opportunities in the music field becomes a form of censorship in different cultures and countries.
THE COSMO PROJECT
The COSMO (Csound On Stage Musical Operator) project is an open-source project providing the software and hardware instructions to make a DIY programmable sound box based on the Raspberry PI computer and Csound, a powerful, multi-platform, real-time sound-processing environment that allows musicians to design their own instruments and audio-effects by writing a few lines of code. At Boost, you will have the opportunity to meet with COSMO and try various examples of devices first hand in our Tech Showroom.
Alessandra Costa is the CEO of Amigos do Guri, a non-profit organization in charge of managing the biggest music teaching program in Brazil. Since 1995, Projeto Guri has provided free music classes in theory, drums, choir, plucked strings, bowed strings, winds and keyboards to 47.000 students every year, in 341 teaching centers located in 283 different cities in São Paulo State. Costa will be participating in the panel on Gender, Creativity and Education, together with representatives from the Norwegian and Swedish Councils for Music and Art Schools.
How come traditional music programs in the UK display a rougly balanced gender profile, while the demographics of music technology programs are about 90 percent male? Kyle Devine will present a few possible reasons for the gender imbalance, and discuss some of the ways the situation might be changed.
What is the current gender situation in the Norwegian music industry? Rhiannon Edwards will use her talk to try and educate us on this matter. Edwards is involved in a wide range of initiatives and organizations across the music field. Currently she is the CEO of Musikkutstyrsordningen, chairman of the board at AKKS Norway and a board member at The Art of Balance – a network working for gender equality in music. Photo: Ilja C. Hendel
Jan Lothe Eriksen
Jan Lothe Eriksen is the project manager of SafeMUSE, Safe Music Havens Initiative, an independent membership association with the main purpose of offering persecuted artists a safe place to stay and work with the freedom of artistic expression. In the panel When Inequality Becomes Censorship, Eriksen will be discussing how the lack of equal opportunities in the music field can become a form of censorship in different cultures and countries all over of the world.
In what ways can unconscious bias affect human relations and societies? What are the economic aspects of gender equality? Robert Franken is a self-proclaimed feminist and one of the founders of Male Feminists Europe. In his talk he'll focus on why gender-balance should be equally important for everyone.
Tami Gadir is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo. Her current research project addresses gender issues in dance music culture, for which she has interviewed over 40 women - identifying DJs across continents and conducted extensive fieldwork. DJ-ing has also been a central component of her work. Some of her mixes can be found on her Mixcloud account. At Boost, Tami Will be moderating the session Balance Talk: Popkollo & Girl Composer Project.
Music making has moved into the cloud. In this lecture-demonstration, Alexander Refsum Jensenius will show various tools for online music making, ranging from simple sound makers to advanced music programming. He will talk about the possibilities and limitations of various technologies, and propose a framework for understanding how online music making will shape the future of music.
Popkollo is a Swedish initiative working to recruit more female musicians by arranging music camps for girls and transgender persons. Åsa Johnsen will present their program Who can become a producer – a producer program for girls and transgender persons. The program focuses on how building and developing technical skills, can be used as a creative tool. Åsa Johnsen til participate in the Balance Talk together with Brenda El Rayes and Rune Rebne.
Why should genders of all kinds play a crucial part in the development of popular music? Can gender bias be a structural problem? The Danish musician and writer Henrik Marstal will discuss the questions above and explain why the idea of musical quality can be gender-biased. Marstal will also argue why diversity is important to build a balanced and creative music scene.
Photo: Carsten Seidel
MicroJam is a mobile app for making tiny touch-screen musical performances with your friends. With MicroJam, you can record short jams on the touch screen, that can be shared online. You can play back and loop jams from your friends, as well as reply, which adds a new layer to someone else’s jam. To make music with MicroJam, just tap and swipe on the screen and your motions are transformed into sounds. Have a go with MicroJam at our Tech Showroom and try to record a mobile jam yourself!
Musebox is an app for musical collaboration, that allows the user to browse through audio files, filter by genre and instrument, and connect with like-minded musicians worldwide. Pernille Olestad Jensen and Mario Stjepanovic are the young creative minds behind the app, which aims to improve the way musicians get in touch with each other and collaborate, with just a simple "swipe". Musebox will participate in our tech showroom.
Music today is often created on the move, with ideas being sung or whistled into musicians' smartphones whenever inspiration hits. The people behind Museai, a collaborative recording app for smartphones, have taken this into account and aims to simplify the songwriting process, facilitate creative collaboration and empower musicians with their app. Museai will present their app in the Tech Showroom, together with other innovators within the music technology field.
Jenny Berger Myhre
Jenny Berger Myhre is highly engaged in what seems like an endless amount of different projects. She is working both as an experimental photographer and musician, and uses technology actively in her music creation. Myhre will, amongst other things, talk about how crucial it is to believe in women's abilities to create and do things themselves. She will participate both as a composer and performer in Two Rooms - Music by Young Composers and as a panel participant in The gender gap - How it Works, Why it Hurts.
Photo: Emil Kraugerud
Algorithms in services like Spotify and Apple Music help us find music that we like and show us trending tracks others have listened to. They also filter away music we probably do not like, based on our similarities with other users – such as gender and age. Maasø will talk about why there is an increasing danger of gender bias in music culture in the future, as consumers are presented with completely different music based on their age, gender, ethnicity or simply their name.
NO ISOLATION: AV1
AV1 is a robot developed for children and young adults with long-term illness. With AV1 you can attend school, even from bed at home. The robot is equipped with a microphone, a speaker and a camera, and you connect to it through an app on your smartphone or tablet. The AV1 is controlled by touching the screen of your device, which then signals to the motor in the base and the neck of the robot. Swipe right and AV1 turns to the right! In that way, AV1 becomes the student's eyes, ears and voice in class, on days they can't be physically present. Come and see the robot firsthand in our Tech Showroom!
Norwegian and Swedish council for Music and Arts Schools
Lars Emil Johannessen works as an adviser for The Norwegian Council for Schools of Music and Performing Arts (aka Norsk Kulturskoleråd). Norsk Kulturskoleråd works to ensure cooperation, development and protect the interests of municipalities that own and operate music and art programs for children and youth. Torgny Sandgren is the Secretary General of The Swedish Arts Schools Council (Kulturskolerådet), which is a politically independent, non-profit association offering a collaborative platform for municipalities hosting arts schools. Johannessen and Sandberg will partake in the panel Gender, Creativity and Education.
Rune Rebne has a diploma in composition from the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he currently works as a tutor. At Boost, Rebne will present The Girl Composer Project, a genre independent composition program for girls at the Norwegian Academy of Music. By providing an inspiring meeting place for music composition, the program hopes to increase the amount of female composers and potentially recruit a higher number of girls to composition studies. Rebne will participate in the Balance Talk together with Popkollo.
Would you like to learn how to build and program your own instruments and audio effects? How about seeing an actual robot and learn how it can be used in education? In the Tech Showroom you will get to experience an array of brilliant technological inventions hands-on, that all demonstrate the exciting path music technology is taking.
Teenage engineering creates high quality, well designed, electronic products for all people who love sound and music. Their first product ever, OP-1 – a portable all-in-one synthesizer, is popularly used and loved by musicians and famous artists worldwide. Teenage engineering will take part in our Tech Showroom presenting their Pocket Operators – a line of micro sized synthesizers developed in collaboration with Swedish clothing brand Cheap Monday.
Have you ever been curious about what programming is and how you can use it to create music? Mehackit is a Finnish company developing creative technology education for upper elementary and high schools in the Nordic contries. At Boost, Tommi Toivonen from Mehackit is organizing a programming workshop for the ages of 13 and up, using the open source software Sonic Pi. The workshop is beginner-friendly and requires no previous experience with programming or electronic music.
Two Rooms - Music by Young Composers
These composers have spent the past year participating in a composition program initiated by Rune Rebne at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The idea behind the program is to create a safe and creative learning environment that potentially can help recruiting more females to composition studies. On Tuesday the 20th of June you can hear some of their musical creations as they are being performed live in Hvelvet and Forstanderskapssalen.
Marjan Vahdat is a singer and musician from Iran. Marjan is prevented from performing on stages in her homeland, because ever since the revolution in 1979 it has been forbidden for female singers to perform for men in Iran. This has forced both Marjan and her sister Mahsa Vahdat to make their career internationally. Marjan has made a remarkable impression on stages in many European countries, in the US, Australia, North Africa and in several countries in the Middle East outside of Iran. Marjan will participate in the conversation When Inequality Becomes Censorship.
Martha Våge works as a journalist for Norwegian radio station NRK P2, is one of the founders of Feminalen – a festival in Trondheim that works to make women visible in the music industry. She is also the chair of AKKS Oslo, an ideal music organization offering instrument courses, band courses, practice venues and concerts for upcoming bands and artists. AKKS is a nationwide organization whose main goal is to recruit, motivate and make women visible in all aspects of the music field. Våge will be the moderating two of our sessions; The Gender Gap: How It Works – Why It Hurts and Gender Creativity and Education.