Christian Dreyer: Techno-fatalist

Last week, we asked you whether the world was doomed or on its path to glory. There, we defined ourselves as being techno-optimists. We got a respond from our friend Christian Dreyer, owner of DREYER Ventures & Management

“Slightly different than you, I am a techno-fatalist. I believe technological progress and AI is inevitable, progressively accelerating, and increasingly life-changing. Technology will be developed without consideration whether people like it or not. Lawmakers may delay progress, but cannot block it permanently. So, optimism or pessimism is not the question. The sole challenge is how to cope!

100 years from now, nothing will resemble our present world. I doubt we will still be living in carbon-based bodies; at the minimum, these will be massively enhanced by built-in technology. In the long term, I doubt the earth will be our home. Eventually, we will have to move to space to survive.

In spite of all, audio experience will continue to exist, as an emotional experience, even if it is not transported by air any more (instead probably directly by cable or Wifi to the brain). So, the Karajan Music Tech can survive any technological disruption, including AI, short of self destruction.”

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New speakers!

Kasia Świętochowska is creative producer, classically-trained cellist, co-founder of ONSTAGE – a cutting-edge smartphone app used by audiences in classical music venues to zoom on stage in real time. Kasia  is focused on creating solutions changing the perception of classical music by embracing technologies. She gained vast experience in developing international cultural projects working for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. 

Patrick Tomelitsch is the CEO and Founder of OROUNDO. This mobile platform for artists and cultural as well as touristic institutions lets them create unique experiences for their clients, visitors and followers.Patrick studied at the Universität Klagenfurt and HAK International Klagenfurt where he read Media Studies and Digital Communication. Patrick holds a practitioner certification in NLP, he is also interested in communication and management skills, politics, poker, technologies and leadership.

Alumni News: Peachnote

It’s always fantastic to watch projects grow over a long period of time! Peachnote is building technologies that enable musical superpowers. Its upcoming project makes it possible to see and explore differences between hundreds of interpretations of the same piece at one sight. Visit for a beta preview. Vladimir Viro, founder of Peachnote, is also CTO at Karajan Institute.

Peachnote/ in action

Alumni News: New Philanthropy Circle

In late February, George Perlov launched Callias Foundation’s ‘New Philanthropy Circle‘. It’s your chance to become member of a very diverse, creative and active group of international professionals who are engaged in Philanthropy through projects like the Silk Road Cultural Belt. Conductor & Founder of Callias Foundation, Jan Moritz Onken, asked us to send “a heartfelt thank you to Markus Hipp and Armin Pialek for their contributions and support in the interactive part.” For more information, their website at

Trend Piece: Hozier in 360°

What is immersion? If we would write an encyclopedia article, this would definitely be part of it: This video let’s you enjoy the song ‘Movement’ by singer-songwriter Hozier in 360°. Come find yourself right inside a circle of musicians: If you move the cursor around, you can spot not only Hozier himself, but also the background singers and all instrumentalists. Try tilting and rotating your phone! The full version of the song (unfortunately not in 360° video) is part of the Circle Session series on the OFFSHORE YouTube channel.

New speakers announced

Vladimir Viro is the founder of Peachnote, a Munich-based company developing artificial music intelligence technologies and applications. Having received both musical and scientific training, Vladimir combines his love of music and joy of solving technical and business challenges in creating systems that make enjoyment and appreciation of classical music more accessible. He is also serving as the CTO of the Karajan Institute and is participating in several international research consortia.

Eleonore Büning received her doctorate on the early reception of Beethoven. She has worked as a freelance music critic for various newspapers. Since 1994, she has been music editor in permanent employment. Eleonore has various teaching activities in Hamburg, Berlin, Heidelberg, among others. She has various adjudication duties (piano, violin, singing) in, among others, Essen, Bonn, Bad Kissingen, Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt and Zhuhai. Since 2011, Eleonore is chairwoman of the panel of judges of the “The German Record Critics’ Award”.

Kay Meseberg graduaded from University of Potsdam with a Diplom in Political Sciences. After his early career years in television (working Polylux on ARD, ARTE, Foyer on 3sat), he spent many years as an online editor and TV author for ZDF’s investigative magazine Frontal21. Parallel, he has been involved since the late nineties in conceiving and implementing numerous award-winning online projects. He moved to ARTE in 2013, where he developed the platform ARTE Future. He explores content from a 360° video and virtual reality perspective. Numerous distinctions, including three Grimme Online Awards.

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Musical Highlight: Dan Tepfer

We’re excited to share some great news with you! Our conference’s Evening Programme just got a new highlight to look forward to: pianist & composer Dan Tepfer will surprise the audience with a VR music experience.

The New York City-based musician has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, his groundbreaking multimedia project Natural Machines integrates computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational process. Be surprised how his ‘Natural Machines’ project will feel in real-life. The audience will experience real-time visualizations of the music in a fully VR environment.

Trend Piece: Music & Brain Focus

When one really tries to focus and get things done, one tends to tune into low-fi background sounds. But how does it actually work? A video from breaks the phenomenon ‘Focus Music’ down: warm noises fading into the background & amplitude modulations that create beta rhythm brainwaves. Cheddar also speaks to Kevin Woods (Director of Science at who created an app for this particular reason: staying focussed. It’s fascinating to learn the history of Muzak, a brand of background music that was created to stimulate the work force by using brain entrainment techniques.