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2nd edition of UX Avant: Musical creation and Interfaces

ELISAVA (La Rambla, 30-32). Sala Aleix Carrió (1st floor)


The second edition of UX Avant, organized by Master in Design and Internet Web Project Direction, aims to give voice to different participants involved in the musical interface creation process that could be used as a model and inspiration for the innovation in the field of product interface. The event focuses on the exhibition, reflection and development of the user experience's design as source for innovation.

Entitled Musical creation and Interfaces: new approaches to user experience's design, we will have the testimony of start-up and consolidated companies of the academic field, as well as designers, developers and musical artists with DIY methods. All of them will allow us to visualize an experimentation and speculation scene where the futures of the design of digital products experience.

Ableton, creators of Live, Push and Link, collaborate in this event.


5:15 p.m.  – Teenage Engineering. Visual design vs. technical design*

One of the co-founders of Teenage Engineering, a reference company for its innovative character, will present how they develop the special universe of their products. Through the explanation of case studies, we'll see how they create such universes, both form and process.

Speakers: David Möllerstedt (Teenage Engineering).

 *This presentation will be in English


5:45 p.m. – Ableton. 16 years of Ableton Live*

Live is a DAW that has remained almost unchanged in its 16 years due to the visionary design of its interface. The designer of the first version and the current Head of Design in Ableton will talk about the process, challenges and constraints of the first and latest version.

Speakers: TorstenSlama (designer of the first version of Live - Ableton); Ed Macovaz (head of Design Ableton).

Moderator: Pablo Sánchez (designer in Ableton).

* This presentation will be in English

7:15 p.m.  – Pause

6:30 p.m. Reactable Systems. When academic research proposes new paradigms.

One of the creators of Reactable, an instrument in the sector that surprised the world due to its originality, will present new musical concepts that are currently developed in the company Reactable Systems.

Speakers: Sergi Jorda (PhD, head of the Research Team Music & Advanced Interaction – UPF, creator of Reactable Systems).


7:00 p.m. – Loop workshop: Presentation of results*

The students of the master have been working for two days on this challenge, together with Pablo Sánchez, Ableton designer. Taking the loop as the smallest unit in the musical composition and the touch interface as a tool, students will present the possibilities of this combination.

* Presentation by students of the master's degree. 

7:30 p.m. Talk with Cabo San Roque and Conductr

With the help of musical artists that create their own instruments and designers that facilitate platforms for musical creation, we'll get to know the importance of the unique and the regular in this process. In an era in which disciplines blur, we'll see how an artisan and digital vision can complement in order to create unique results.

Speakers: Albert Minguell (founder of Conductr); Laia Torrents (Cabo San Roque).

Moderator: Antonia Folguera (content and communication in Sónar+D).


8:00 p.m. Networking


About the event

UX Avant is the visible side of the research laboratory of the Master in Design and Internet Web Project Direction. The lab aims to foster the dialogue between disciplines, the exhibition of the professional practice, the exploration of speculative practices that foster innovation and the transmission of knowledge between professionals, researchers and students.


Organization: ELISAVA, Master in Design and Internet Web Project Direction.

Sponsoring: Ableton

Curator of the programme: Pablo Sánchez

Direction: Rosa Llop and Ariel Guersenzvaig


Teenage Engineering


Reactable Systems


Cabo San Roque

Master in Design and Internet Web Project Direction

Coordination: Fernando Eiras, Postgraduate management

Design and communication: students of the Master in Design and Internet Web Project Direction

Collaborator: Moritz