As part of a pan European project that BCU are involved with called Cross Innovation, I was invited back to Berlin to speak at a conference about Cross Innovation that took place during the Berlin Music Week about cross innovation in my Birmingham Music Archive. I spoke about how cross innovation has always been a part of the music industries and spoke of three projects, this Leonardo project, Destination Birmingham: Birmingham A Music City and the Birmingham Music Archive, where cross innovation practice is central to the projects, or as is the case with the BMA, it is being developed. For example, I’m working with architects in rebuilding lost music venues in order to recreate them online and further still, working with sound engineers to realise the sounds of those venues. So cross innovation in the broadest sense and how it links seemingly disparate disciplines and practices to create new ways of understanding and presenting music heritage.
Being in Berlin again also enabled me to get a better understanding of the interplay taking place in the city with vocational training, independant music organisations and the wider music industry. Berlin Music Week consisted of a number of workshops, discussions and panels ranging from a heavy hitting panel of expereinced music industry workers talking about copyright and the future of music, to our own Andrea Goetzke from New Thinking and All 2gether Now who organised a series of talks and events with the Noisy Musicworld Acadmey in their buildings. This was similar to a fringe event for the Berlin Music Week and it was really well attended when I was there. Andrea is going to post more about this and about Noisy Musicworld Academy and their vocational training and how this links with the wider Berlin/German music industry soon.
And of course I got to see some great music, particulary in the club West Germany which is in an old car park!
I also had the pleasure of meeting up with Elena and Miroslava from the Foundation of Modern Education and Science, our Bulgarian partners and Emilia from MOKK, our Hungarian partner where we agreed a course of action for the second year of the project.