. . . . . . Before you can solve, you have to dissolve.  

Join us for a music / sound conference and festival near MIT, featuring scholars, musicians, activists and organizers.  Dissolve the structures of power that produce inequality.  Explore alternative approaches to listening, dialogue and mix.

March 7-9, 2018

Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA

Musical performances: DJ Rekha, Mouse on Mars, Lychee, Imanishi Kohsetsu, and more

Featuring cutting-edge audio surround technology by “d&b soundscape”

Mouse on Mars’s new album Dimensional People (forthcoming via Thrill Jockey) to be premiered as a spatial installation in cooperation with d&b’s object-oriented mixing technology; listen to a new track from Dimensional People below:


Free and open to the public

Dissolve Music @ MIT will be a two-and-a-half-day conference and sound festival, March 7-9, 2018, to bring together musicians, sound creators, and scholars of music and sound studies to discuss the diversity of music and experimental sound.  Combining art and scholarship in a spirit of dialogue and controversy, the conference aims to dissolve boundaries between different arenas of sonic engagement to identify paths towards alternative, more inclusive futures.

We are seeking musicians, artists who work with sound, music scholars and other dedicated sound practitioners to join us for panel discussions, research workshops, performances of music and experimental sound.  Topics of interest include:

·      behavior & code

·      race, activism, and music

·      idiosyncrasy & collectivity

·      orientation & cognition

·      bodies & machines

·      dynamic acoustics & kinetic speakers


How can music and sound enable us to challenge preconceptions and transform our understandings of the world? What does sound offer that escapes the domain of sight, and how can it work to undo hierarchies and prejudices predicated on vision? How can sound, cognition, and technology relate to and encourage discourse?

How can music & sound create new spaces for interaction and engagement?

How can we engage in the frictions between music & sound to encourage new approaches to activism and social change?

How can music and sound be a means to express alternative concepts of gender, race, ethnicity, class and mediate cultural differences?

In what ways is listening a political or creative act?  How do body and mind interact to shape innovative concepts of listening?

Contact:  condry@mit.edu (Prof. Ian Condry).  More info:  http://mitdissolve.com

Sponsors: Special thanks to the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology, and Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, MIT Global Studies and Languages, MIT Japan, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and Non-Event for their generous support.