TEDxMelbourne United Music Event
Uncanny Valley are an Australian ‘music-tech collective’ made up of composers, data scientists and technologists who recently took out the first ever Eurovision AI song contest with their hit ‘Beautiful The World’. The song was inspired by nature's recovery from the bushfires that devastated Australia across the summer of 2019-20.The group challenge a tech-phobic approach to music production, which takes the notion of creativity out of the art and instead describe the process as being about putting a "musical lens on technology”. They posit that the use of nascent technology such as AI software requires active oversight and intense creativity from composers and can lead to different ways of creating that build upon old systems of collaboration and production.
Little Green is the alter ego of Sydney-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Amy Nelson. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Amy developed a childlike sense of storytelling and serene musicality inspired by the nature around her. Self-taught on flute, sax, guitar, piano and vocals, she has used her skillset to create a compelling live show, start a popular mini beat series online, and collaborate with some of Sydney's best up and coming electronic producers; her recent releases with Boulevarde and Lamalo being supported by KIIS1065 and Triple J Unearthed. An emerging female producer in her own right, Little Green's 'DIY Supergroup' track received stellar reviews on Unearthed, her ‘lofty vocals and delicate flutes’ sending her to the top of the charts and earning her a spin on Triple J.
Kaitlyn Hova is a violinist, software engineer, co-founder of Hova Labs, and neuroscientist. She is also a synesthete–someone with the ability to see sounds, due to a neurological phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an instantaneous, involuntary experience in another. Professionally, Kaitlyn has played violin for performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and more. “The Hovas" are also the creators of the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM programs print their school’s music program.
Phillip Murray, aka ‘Philly’, was born in the golden era of hip-hop in 1991. By the age of four his older brothers had a huge collection and all he ever listened to was hip-hop. He began writing rhymes, dubbing beats & rapping in public and soon became a hip-hop sensation with a big following of kids in his hometown Mildura. He won triple j’s Unearthed NIMA Competition in 2014 earning him a performance slot alongside Briggs & The Last Kinection. The following week his debut single We On shot to No.5 on iTunes Hip Hop charts. He was the winner of the National Indigenous Music Awards ‘New Talent of the Year’ category the following year. Now, Philly is working with Briggs’ all Indigenous label – Bad Apples Music and is determined to continue to use his voice to make change and inspire young people.
Lisa is an ABC broadcaster, media commentator, keynote speaker, CEO and business consultant. After leaving her job as a corporate technology lawyer in a prestigious law firm, she became a radio DJ for the ABC and now continues to work as a radio host for ABC Radio National, and hosts the podcast ‘This Working Life’. Her “superpowers” are curiosity, creativity and delivering key messages by way of song.
In 2017 she graced our TEDxMelbourne stage with her talk “Can robots make us more human?”. Her infectious personality and energy brought our online open-mic event ‘Plugged In’ to life earlier this year, and we’re ecstatic to welcome her back to MC this special music event.