Voltage Connect Conference 2017

Pioneers, Players, Thinkers, Purveyors

March 10–11, 2017

The Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee is proud to present the Voltage Connect Conference, which will be held on March 10 and 11, 2017. The conference is themed “Pioneers, Players, Thinkers, Purveyors” and will examine the development and direction of electronic instruments, from early commercial synthesizers in the 1970s to the present and beyond. The conference connects researchers, established and emerging companies, and performers who are committed to the development and use of electronic instruments.

Since the first commercial release of synthesizers, we’ve seen an enormous change in what an electronic instrument actually is, from analog to digital, hardware to software, and back again, all driven by technological innovation and imagination. This two-day conference will consist of panel discussions, presentations, technology demos, and performances that explore how electronic instruments are developed and used. A product expo will run concurrently with the conference proceedings.

The conference will feature keynote performers Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of prog rock band Dream Theater, and electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani

Keynote speakers for the conference will be David Friend, cofounder of the ARP Instruments company; Marcus Ryle, president of Line 6; and Daniel Haver, CEO of Native Instruments.

Watch Jordan Rudess perform "Roli Bash" live at the Berklee Performance Center as part of the Voltage Connect Conference: