MFNW & Portland Digital eXperience: Music and Technology Panel

MFNW has been the highlight of many Portland music fans for years, and 2012 should be no different, but will feature an added twist. For the first time the festival is adding a technology conference to the week-long celebration, dubbed Portland Digital eXperience. Started by Rick Turcozy, the conference will focus on startup culture in the Portland community. 

We reached out to Rick early on about hosting a panel that could bridge the conference and festival, combining insights to both music and technology. The idea was approved, and we're happy to announce that the following guests will be on stage to talk about their professional experiences within the ever-changing landscape of the music industry, and how different technologies have shifted their work:

Larry Crane – owner of Jackpot! Recording Studios and editor of Tape Op magazine.

Alicia J. Rose – video director, photographer, and marketing specialist for bands such as Mastodon, The Decemberists, Cake, Menomena, Laura Gibson, and many other artists.

Jared Mees – musician and founder of label Tender Loving Empire.

Maggie Vail – musician, activist, label manager for Bikini Kill Records, and co-executive director of the nonprofit CASH Music.

Mike Thrasher – owner of the Hawthorne Theatre and premiere event promoter in Portland and Seattle.

Robert Ham – a freelance music writer whose work has been featured in Willamette Week, The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, Village Voice, and  other publications.

Christopher Kirkley – West African music archivist and founder of label Sahel Sounds.

Banana Stand's Aaron Colter will act as the panel moderator for this insightful discussion on Friday, September 7th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Pure Space, located at in Portland's Pearl District at 315 NW Overton Street. Access to the panel requires a PDX Laminate badge that also allows holders into all of the other MFNW events, and can be purchased online in advance. A webstream of the panel is expected to be available for those that cannot attend. 

Special thanks to Rick and all of the MFNW PDX organizers, speakers, and atteendees. Check out Rick's excellent website about the Portland tech industry at Silicon Florist. To read an long-form article about the future of music featuring ideas from many of the panelists above, please check out “Can pay-what-you-want downloads save the music industry?”