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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

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<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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Hacking on the Echo Nest on Music Hackday

Music Hackday is nearly upon us.  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 (link will be live soon)- 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 Adam Lindsay – we have a list of application ideas that we think would be fun to write.

At the end of the hackday, Adam 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 Adam’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.

I’m rather bummed that I won’t be  attending the event, so I hope folks takes lots of pictures and post them to flickr so I can have a vicarious hackday experience.

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Music HackDay is coming …

If you live within a couple hundred miles of London, and you read this blog, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be planning on going to Music Hackday being held on July 11th and 12th at the Guardian offices in London.   This is a great opportunity to connect with other developers that are creating next generation music applications, web sites, and gadgets.  In addition to the developers,  API providers will be showing off their wares (and some will even be unveiling new APIs).  Companies include 7digital, Gigulate, Last.fm, People’s Music Store, Songkick, Soundcloud and The Echo Nest.    Recently added to the agenda are workshops by  Tinker.it and RjDj.

The Echo Nest will be there, represented by Adam Lindsay. He’ll guide you through using our various APIs including our artist recommendation APIs and our music analysis and remix APIs.  Oh, and the developer that creates the coolest thing that uses the Echo Nest API will go home with a big, fat (i.e. 32gb) iPod touch.

Looking at the attendee list,  the Music Hackday looks to be a who’s who in music tech –  not only will it be a day of hacking, but it’s a great place to  get to meet all of the folks that are creating the next generation of music apps.  It looks like spaces are filling up quickly, so if you haven’t already registered, don’t dally, or you may miss out.

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More confusing than Memento

Ben Lacker, one of our leading computational remixologists here at the Echo Nest has been improving the video remix capabilities of the Echo Nest remix API.   On Friday, he remixed this mind blower.  It’s Coldplay’s music video for ‘The Scientist’ – beat reversed, which means that song is played in reverse order beat by beat (but each  beat is still played in forward order).    Since Coldplay’s video is already shot in reverse order, the resulting video has a story that unfolds in proper chronological order, but where every second of video runs backwards, while the music unfolds in reverse chronological order while every beat runs forward.  I get a little bit of a stomachache watching this video.

Ben has committed the code for this remix to the Echo Nest remix code samples so feel free to check it out and hack on it.    I hope to see some more interesting music and video remixes coming out of the upcoming Music Hackday.

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Music Hackday is coming


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Open your calendars  and reserve  July 11th and 12th  for Music Hackday for  24 plus hours of solid music hacking in the heart of London.  Music Hackday is a chance for developers to get together and share ideas and code while building a music application using the music APIs from companies like Last.fm, 7digital, Gigulate, People’s Music Store, SongKick, SoundCloud and The Echo Nest.     This looks to be a really fun event.

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