Music Hacking

Are you passionate about music and technology?  Consider going to a music hackathon where you can meet others that share your passion, learn about new music technologies, and build the future of music.

Photo by Thomas Bonte

Photo by Thomas Bonte

Upcoming Music Hacking Events

If you are interested in hacking on music, check out one of these upcoming music hacking events:

Fall 2013 Tufts Hackathon
October 25-26, Medford MA
A general hackathon, but in The Echo Nest’s backyard. We’ll be there showing off our stuff. 

Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, October 2013
“Haunted Hackathon: Sound Art Installations at the Woolworth Building”
October 25 – 26, 2013
A hackathon focusing on building sound art installations. An assortment of sensors and other hardware will be provided.

Music Hack LA
October 26, 2013
Music Hack LA strives to build a sense of community amongst those who want to hack music and technology. By holding monthly music hackathons centered around innovating and disrupting current music trends, they hope to bridge the ever widening gap between music, technology and the user.

Music Hack Weekend.
Malmö Sweden.
November 1st-3rd
Musicians, developers, artists, designers, composers, hardware tinkerers, and others hacking together projects exploring music. Join Sony Mobile, Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, The Echo Nest and Neo4j on the weekend of November 1st-3rd for a music hackathon at Minc Malmö, Sweden. Hosting provided by Minc. Grand prize is 5,000 sek.

Music Hack Day Boston
November 9th-10th
Music Hack day returns to Boston for the 5th time. One of the largest Music Hack Days on the planet.

Music Hack Day Helsinki
November 15th, 17th
Music Hack Day Helsinki will take place right after Slush and right before Global Entrepreneurship Week on 15th to 17th November. There’s incredible international attention on the tech and startup scene of the region during the time. MHD Helsinki is a great opportunity to have a piece of the action.

Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, December 2013
Automated Music
Details to be announced at http://monthlymusichackathon.org/

Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, January 2014
A hackathon focusing on NYC experimental music composers.
Details to be announced at http://monthlymusichackathon.org/

Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, February 2014
A totally free-form music hackathon culminating in a concert of whatever we come up with.
Details to be announced at http://monthlymusichackathon.org/

Music Hack Day London
December 7th, 8th (official)
Music Hack Day returns to where it all began 

Music Hack Day Los Angeles
Late January (rumored)
First Music Hack Day LA is rumored for late January, because there’s no other interesting music-related events in LA during late January.

Midem Music Hack Day
Cannes France
Early February 2014 (rumored)
MIDEM has traditionally hosted a Music Hack Day

Music Hack Day San Francisco
February 2014 (rumored)
Rumors of a 5th San Franciso Music Hack Day in February

Music Hack Day Tokyo
February 2014 (rumored)
There are rumors of a Music Hack Day coming to Tokyo in February.

Music Tech Fest London
May 2014
Ravensbourne University, London
Music Tech Fest is an annual three day event in London which consists of rapid-fire presentations, performances, and panels from artists, researchers, and entrepreneurs, plus a hackathon. This is the third year they’re doing it. There are rumors of a New England version being planned as well.

SPOR Festival
May 2014
Aarhus, Denmark
This is an annual experimental music festival. They might have a music hackathon and workshops on music hacking tools.


If you know of any music, art or culture hackathons that you think should be on this list, please let me know by adding a comment here.   Special thanks to Jonathan Marmor for providing lots of upcoming event info.

  1. #1 by Corey (@coreycrossfield) on October 23, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Hi Paul, thanks for the mention for Music Hack LA but our event is structured completely differently from the awesome NYC series Monthly Music Hackathon. It would be awesome if you could correct the assertion so anyone that wants to come doesn’t get the wrong idea.

    • #2 by Paul on October 24, 2013 - 6:23 am

      done

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