There's always a wealth of conversation surrounding the future of music - how will artists make a living? What is the role of the record label? How has streaming changed things? All of these points are valid and extremely important for a variety of reasons, but they often focus on the 'challenges' within the music industry. We caught up with Andrew Dubber, Director of Music Tech Fest to learn a little more about the future of music in its own right; creation and connectedness.

Music Tech Fest began in May 2012 as a 'festival of ideas' rather than a conference. It's set up is much like that of a festival as well, two alternating stages consisting of 15 minute demonstrations or performances. This year it's already taken place in Wellington and Boston and is now on its way back to London (September 5-7). There's still Berlin, Paris and New York to visit after that, with additional cities being added to the calendar in 2015: São Paulo, Auckland, Umeå, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

The expanding community involved is on a mission to get people away from their laptops and up performing. Whether it's new types of controllers or new instruments; it's the desire to build things that connect human beings.

"Music has always been about human beings using technology to connect with other human beings, right from the beginning with the banging of stretched animal skins," said Dubber. "That's the thing that we keep returning to, the ethos of the festival. It's about joining people on stage to perform together, or play together, share ideas and connect the dots that wouldn't usually happen. We've got academia in the room, musicians, hackers - people who should have conversations and most often don't."

The very concept of this is exciting; different disciplines coming together to explore their passion for music. They're breaking down barriers through collaborative measures and some of the creative results are beyond impressive. Music Tech Fest has started a community for music technologists as a whole, "...it allows the academics to speak to the music industry people, the artists to talk to the scientists. It's the one space we can talk about music and technology and it's not dominated by the marketing conversation."

Andrew Dubber himself specialises in using music as a tool for social change. He's worked on a number of projects in places like Colombia and Brazil with people who are essentially using music for social good as well as entertainment. "I'm an advocate of using music to make people's lives better, it's kind of the main part of what I do. But I like the idea that art is for its own sake as well. The idea that people can just make things to make their world and the world around them a more interesting place to be."

The most interesting part of my chat with Andrew was to learn that each part of the world has its own innovative approach. Each place Music Tech Fest visits is different about the way they think about music and technology. "It's fascinating. One place we go to might be a really strong DIY electronics community, one place we go to might be really into app development." Dubber believes this is mainly due to strong central personalities who drive that particular scene or hub. "That's what's sort of astonished me the most, is just how many people do this and how many fascinating music ideas there are out there and how little of it I knew about."

If you're keen to know more about the latest in music technology, get yourself to Music Tech Fest in London next month. It's a growing community of incredibly talented people doing special things for the future of music. The highlights package below from Music Tech Fest 2013 is a great insight into just how exciting (and bizarre) the future of music really is:

Although it's celebrated with an organised event every few months, the hacking never really stops. Follow @MusicTechFest on Twitter to keep up with the latest innovations at hand.