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Tour of the Music Hackday Boston site

The Boston Music Hackday is being held at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center (aka The NERD).  Jon, Elissa and I took a tour of the space on Tuesday, and I must say I was very impressed.  The place is tailor made for hacking. There’s open space big enough for 300 hackers to gather to show their demos, there’s plenty of informal space for hacking, there are small and large conference rooms for break out sessions, there’s wireless, there are plenty of power outlets, kitchen facilities, soda coolers and great views of Boston.  This space is  being donated by Microsoft – and I must say that my opinion of Microsoft has gone up substantially after I’ve seen how generous they’ve been with the space.    Plus, the space is simply beautiful.

Informal hacking space at the NERD

Informal hacking space at the NERD

More hacking space at the NERD

More hacking space at the NERD

This hackday is shaping up to be something special.  I’m pretty sure that we’ll hit our 300 person capacity, so register soon if you want to guarantee a spot.

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Hacking space at the NERD

Open space at the NERD

Open space at the NERD

Meeting space at the NERD

Meeting space at the NERD

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Boston view from the NERD

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More hacking and chilling for the Hackday

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Berlin Music Hackday presentation videos

There are a bunch of videos of presentations and demos from the Music Hackday berlin: http://qik.com/digitalwaveriding:

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Photos from Berlin Music Hackday

I am a jelly roll

"I am a jelly roll"

There are some nifty photos coming of the the Berlin Music Hackday.  Here’s a slide show.

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Hacking on the Echo Nest at the Berlin Music Hackday

The Berlin Music Hackday is nearly upon us.  Ben Lacker (a.k.a. DJ API) will be representing the Echo Nest at this wonderful event.  If you want to maximize your hacking time during the hackday there are a few things that you can do in advance to get ready to hack on the Echo Nest APIs:

  1. Get an Echo Nest API Key – If you are going to be using the API, you need to get a key.  You can get one for free from: developer.echonest.com
  2. Read the API overview – The overview gives you a good idea of  the capabilities of the API.  If you are thinking of writing a remix application, be sure to read Adam Lindsay’s wonderful remix tutorial.
  3. Pick a client library – There are a number of client libraries for The Echo Nest – select one for your language of choice and install it.
  4. Think of a great application – easier said than done.  If you are looking for some inspiration, checkout these examples: morecowbelldonkdj, Music Explorer FX, and  Where’s the Pow? . You’ll find more examples in the  Echo Nest gallery of  Showcase Apps.  If you are stuck for an idea ask me (paul@echonest.com) or Ben  – we have a list of application ideas that we think would be fun to write.

At the end of the hackday, Ben will choose  the Most Awesome Echo Nest  Hackday Application.  The developer of this application will go home a shiny new iPod touch.   If you want your application to catch Ben’s eye write an Echo Nest application  that makes someone say “woah! how did you do that!”, extra points if its an application with high viral potential.  Check out the list of hacks created at the London Music Hackday to get inspiration.

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The Music Hackday Comes to Boston

The London Music Hackday

<W00T!> -The Music Hackday is coming to Boston.  Set aside the weekend of November 21 and 22 for the Boston Music Hackday being held at  the Microsoft New England Research and Develpment Center (aka NERD).   The Music Hackday is a place where folks can gather for a weekend of nearly uninterrupted hacking on music.  Expect to see (and hear) all kinds of music hacks: from web-hacks, iPhone apps, analog noisemakers to cool visualizations.  Anything goes as long as it is music related.   The Boston hackday is being organized by Dave Haynes (SoundCloud), Jon Pierce (Betahouse) and myself (The Echo Nest).  We here at the Echo Nest are pretty excited to be involved. It should be really fun.

If you hack music and are going to be within a day’s drive of Boston on the weekend before  Thanksgiving, you really should be planning to attend the hackday.  Registration is free, but space is limited. To guarantee a spot register early and be sure you tell us how you want to hack music (because of the limited number of slots, we give preference to music hackers).

Event:   Boston Music Hackday
When:  November 21, 22
Where: NERD
PRICE: $FREE
Register
: http://musichackdayboston.eventbrite.com/

Looking for hacking inspiration? Check out all of the music hacks that were built during the London Music Hackday:

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Music Hack Day Berlin

On the heals of the very successful London Music Hackday,  comes the Berlin Music Hackday which will be held on September 18/19/20 at the very cool Radialsystem V in Berlin Germany.

Site of the Berlin Music Hacday

Site of the Berlin Music Hacday

The hackday is totally free for participants but is limited to 150 participants.  (and if this is organized like the London hackday, if you want to attend, be prepared to describe how you hack hardware, software or music – not just anyone can fill one of the 150 slots).

The London hackday was such a great event, I’m glad to see that it is being repeated in different parts of the world.  Look for more Music Hackdays coming to a city near you.

Music Hackday in London

Hacking music at the London Music Hackday

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Echo Nest projects at Music Hackday

Here are some of the interesting Music Hackday projects that I’ve noticed that are using the Echo Nest.  In no particular order:  (Update: Added the Music Bore)

  • iPhone Music Visualizer – an iPhone app that downloads tracks from Soundcloud, sends them to Echonest for analysis then uses openGL to play the track with a visualiser.mhd-imv
  • MusicBore – an IRC bot that knows more about music than you do
  • Danzen Party Mix = Puts a DONK on a music blog
  • Music Bore –  Hello. I am the Music Bore. I play music and I like to tell you ALL about the music I play.  See the video
  • Pix n Mixer – Allows a user to combine their favourite bars from different music songs into a single coherent audio file. Python beatmatches track’, creates audio file for each bar remixes tracks together.20090712-mbaqyytu68reia2a9eq1b9yiap.tif
  • BotTalk – creates Girl Talk-Esque mixtapes – example: http://soundcloud.com/thesmith
  • LONCYN – this hack looks at how long past artists have taken to appear in one city after first appearing in the other. This information is used to ‘predict’ when an artist that hasn’t appeared in both cities will make it big.
  • SoundCloud playlist sampler – Automated album sampler/preview generation from public SoundCloud playlists
  • MakeMyMixtape – Tell us your favourite genre and we return a pre-mixed audio file featuring the top artists for that genre.

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