MusicMakers Hacklab

Indeterminism Machines

Hacklab Runs: 28.01 – 01.02.2013
Opening times daily 12 – 18:00

Machines in music making are a means of externalizing musical will and composition. They connect thought and sound in ways that become more physical, more visible, more improvisatory, and live. They escape the deterministic, fixed world of the score – and the traditional recording. They are inventions that ensure that musical outcomes are governed by humans and by chance. To experiment with making music in this age, you first want to experiment with making the machines that make the music.

The MusicMakers Hacklab at CTM.13 is an open, collaborative environment in which participants can learn about new technologies and get their hands on making their own musical inventions. It's a space in which people can build a rapid prototype of anything they imagine, creating new ideas around music making and creation, from composition to performance and DJing. MusicMakers is curated by Peter Kirn of, with the collaboration of design platform SemiDomesticated and sound artist Derek Holzer.

We're inviting people across media to encourage collaboration: musicians, developers, artists, designers, people working in skills like sound and music, but also code, fashion, visuals, and industrial design and craft.

The Hacklab runs daily 10h - 20h (18h Friday) and is freely open to participants (based on available space, first come, first served).

Surprise workshops, presentations, and discussions daily, in addition to those scheduled.

At the end of the Hacklab days a nightly showcase at Berghain Kantine sees some of the participants and additionals artists perform with their tools and inventions.

Opening of the CTM.13 MusicMakers Hacklab - Indeterminism Machines

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Fri 25.01.2013, 19:00

Ongoing workshops, plus presentations by Science Fiction Children „Robotic MR-808“

MusicMakers Hacklab – Day 1: Kickstart

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Mon 28.01.2013, 12:00

Ongoing workshops, plus presentations by Peter Kirn and Moritz Haas.

MusicMakers Hacklab – Day 2: Inside Technology And Process

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Tue 29.01.2013, 11:00

Ongoing workshops, plus presentations by Imogen Heap, Native Instruments and Ableton.

MusicMakers Hacklab – Day 3: One Medium To Another

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Wed 30.01.2013, 12:00

Ongoing workshops, plus presentations by Ali Demirel and Lucas Abela.

MusicMakers Hacklab – Day 4: Generative Constructions

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Thu 31.01.2013, 12:00

Ongoing workshops, plus talk with Mark Fell and presentation by Keith Fullerton Whitman.


MusicMakers Hacklab – Day 5: Going Live

Kunstquartier Projektraum, Fri 01.02.2013, 12:00

Ongoing workshops, plus presentations by Tim Exile, Demdike Stare and Hacklab.

MusicMakers Showcase

Berghain Kantine, Fri 01.02.2013, 20:00

Performances, live jams and Djing by Solar Year, Tarrik Barri, Machinedrum, Kode9, Lando Kal, Tim Exile, Sam Barker, Eatson West, Laurel Halo, Chmmr, Benjamin Weiss, and more