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Stockholm Music Hack day

Nifty video showing the site for the upcoming Stockholm Music Hackday:

Via Mattias Arrelid’s Blog

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Boston Music Hack Day

Boston at dawn -ready for the hack day

Breakfast at the music hack day

Hardware hacking at the Boston Music Hack Day

Hardcore hacking at the Boston Music Hack day

The two faces of music discovery

Turning an altoids can into a musical instrumentation

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The most music tech ever squeezed into 1 weekend

Workshops! The core activity for the music hack day weekend is hacking.  But before we dive into the hard core hacking the weekend starts with a set of music tech workshops where hackers can learn about the latest in music technologies – it’s a way for the hacker to add more tools to their toolbox.   On Saturday morning we will be conducting  around 25 workshops running in 5 sessions of 5 parallel tracks.  Anyone interested in the music+technology space will likely find something interesting – music recommendation, concert/event data,  music meta-data, iPhone programming, electronic instrument construction,  Playdar, NPR – everything from how to author a song for the Rock Band Network to the Yahoo! query language.   If you are going to the Hack Day, you may want to do a little bit of planning to help you decide which of the workshops you’ll want to attend, so check out the workshop schedule.

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Music Hack Day T-shirt

Ben Lacker shows off the Boston Music Hack day tee-shirt – hot off the loom.

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Build one of these at Boston Music Hack Day

Noah Vawter will be holding a workshop during the Boston Music Hack Day where you can learn how to build a working prototype Exertion Instrument. It is unclear at this time if a leekspin lesson his included.  Details on the Exertion Instrument site.

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Who’s going to Boston Music Hackday?

Look at all the companies and organizations going to Music Hack Day.

It promises to be a really fun weekend.  If you are interested in hacking music and working with the folks that are building the celestial jukebox make sure you sign up,  slots are going fast.    There’s one guy   I’d hype to get to come to the hack day.  I’m sure he’d be fascinated with all that goes on.

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At the recent Berlin Music Hackday, developer Hannes Tydén developed a mashup between SoundCloud and The Echo Nest, dubbed SoundCloudEchoNest.  The program uses the SoundCloud and Echo Nest APIs to automatically annotate your SoundCloud tracks with information such as when the track fades in and fades out, the key, the mode, the overall loudness, time signature and the tempo.  Also each Echo Nest section is marked.  Here’s an example:

This track is annotated as follows:

  • echonest:start_of_fade_out=182.34
  • echonest:mode=min
  • echonest:loudness=-5.521
  • echonest:end_of_fade_in=0.0
  • echonest:time_signature=1
  • echonest:tempo=96.72
  • echonest:key=F#

Additionally, 9 section boundaries  are annotated.

The  user interface to SoundEchoCloudNest is refreshly simple, no GUIs for Hannes:

Hannes has open sourced his code on github, so if you are a Ruby programmer and want to play around with SoundCloud and/or the Echo Nest, check out the code.

Machine tagging of content is becoming more viable.  Photos on Flicker can be automatically tagged with information about the camera and exposure settings, geolocation, time of day and so on.  Now with APIs like SoundCloud and the Echo Nest, I think we’ll start to see similar machine tagging of music, where basic info such as tempo, key, mode,  loudness can be automatically attached to the audio.  This will open the doors for all sorts of tools to help us better  organize our  music.

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