Author, Musician, and Electronic Music Impresario
Mike Metlay created some of the first electronic music projects that used the Internet as a collaboration medium. Over 30 years, he has organized and inspired collaborative music festivals worldwide, including the long-running Different Skies and mindSpiral concerts (and their many descendants) as well as online virtual-reality shows. As one of the world’s most successful proponents of collaborative electronic music, he’s famous for his credo: “I don’t collect synthesizers – I collect synthesists.”
“Dr. Mike” left a career in nuclear physics to devote his life to words and music. After concluding a long tenure as Editor of RECORDING Magazine, he now pursues his passions for writing, editing, and education through his freelance firm Atomic Words (atomicwords.net), with clients across the music tech industry. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the publishing firm Bjooks, and has edited the famous titles PUSH TURN MOVE, PEDAL CRUSH, PATCH & TWEAK with Moog, PATCH & TWEAK with KORG, and INSPIRE THE MUSIC, as well as authoring the popular synthesizer coffee table book SYNTH GEMS 1.
Please visit the Bjooks booth to chat with Dr. Mike, explore the many Bjooks titles, and to discuss (and try out) electronic music collaboration methods.
Session: You Are Not Alone: Strategies for Collaborative Electronic Music
Today’s electronic musicians have many ways to collaborate: performance, composition, recording, education, and networking. New methods require new mindsets, so come learn about modern collaboration... and the modern collaborator.