Posted by Andrew Casden
Filed Under Culture

On Friday May 3rd, Astro opened up its doors to our friends at the MUTEK San Francisco festival in a co-sponsored event with Native Instruments/Metapop called “Digi Lab,” - part of MUTEK’s daytime programming. Digi Lab encompasses digital technology and music symposiums, artist conversations, panels, presentations, workshops, and demonstrations.

The event - a real-time music track production contest known as the ‘Beat Cypher’ featured 10 contestants who are given a small kit of audio samples and have one hour to make an original audio production right there on-the-spot using their own computer and some Native Instruments hardware. At the end of the one hour each contestant plays a portion of their track for an audience and a panel of judges.

The event was well-attended by local music enthusiasts as well some of Astro’s design partners and we captured some photos of the event seen here.

For 20 years MUTEK has been the preeminent festival of digital creativity, promoting and exhibiting artists who use technology to create and express their visions in music, visual, interactive and performing arts. Started in Montreal, the festival has now grown to 7 cultural hub cities around the world, including Mexico City, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Dubai and now San Francisco.

Astro would like to thank our friends at Native Instruments for providing the music gear, product swag, to our contestants and finally to all of our guests who attended. We’ll see you at MUTEK.SF 2020!

Read more about the afternoon here.