We Are Robots is a London music technology festival presenting “future and innovation of music”. Much more than a trade show its sort of like a conference with seminars, workshops, talks and interactive workshops spread over four days in the East End of London.
We Are Robots
The We Are Robots festival runs from the 2nd to the 5th November and is packed full of music discussions, technology workshops, sound installations, live performances and much much more. A lot of the old favourite exhibitors will be there such as Ableton, Arturia, Moog and Native Instruments. There are also some more unusual offerings from people like Tim Murray-Browne working with code, interactive technology and immersive installations. Or Raven who are looking at artificial intelligence. There are performances every night and seminars throughout the Thursday. It’s a pretty intensive programme.
All sorts of workshops on instrument making and music production skills are being offered in interactive sessions. Both beginners and experts are welcome the only entry requirement being the ability to listen, and some of them will cost money. DJ Specialists Serato and Point Blank will be teaching turntable skills. Music Hackspace will be interacting with sound and technology in new and interesting ways. Do It Kits will be running a bunch of stuff. Hackoustic takes things into acoustic instrument making. Polytik will be looking at synthesis design. and Teenage Engineering will be messing around with their bits and pieces.
On the Thursday and Friday, there are a number of seminars and panels covering the future of music in terms of radio, music technology, education, entertainment, business, management, songwriting and women in the music industry.
Every night there’s something going on. From Rough Trade presenting Phantom Brickworks audio-visual installation, Ableton presenting Chagall, Pertrichor and Rachel K Collier, to performances from Little Club, Malka, The Penelopes, NSDOS, Manaré, D’VOXX, Ardyn, Warm Digits, Mt Wolf and Daniel Miller.
The scope of these four days is huge. It’s the sort of thing you could immerse yourself in and come out transformed by the end. It’s not all for free though. The big conference day is the Thursday, with all the biggest speakers. To join with that you’ll need a £75 ticket, £90 if you want the VIP treatment. The second day of talks called “Student Sessions” which look no less interesting are just £15. The evening performances vary from £10-£15. Workshops also vary depending on what you want to take part in and take away with you. The general exhibition is completely free.
We Are Robots website.