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Music Hack Day comes to New York City

Mark your calendar!  Music Hack Day is coming to New York City on February 12 and 13.  Registrations are live, and going fast. This event is guaranteed to sell out. Register early if you want a seat:

Photo by Thomas Bonte


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The Music Hack Day Boston t-shirt

The design by Jocelyn Petko, modeled by Ben Lacker.


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Hacking on the Echo Nest at Boston Music Hack Day

Kind of Blue

Kind of Green

If you are going to the Music Hack Day Boston this weekend, you may want to consider creating an hack based on the Echo Nest APIs.  The Echo Nest is offering a prize for the best hack that is built based upon Echo Nest technology.  The prize is the much coveted Echo Nest Sweatsedo.  The softness, the coolness and the ‘blueness’ of this casual attire is unsurpassed by the clothing offered by any other music technology company.  However, we realize that not everyone can wear the sweatsedo with proper style. For those, who are not cool enough to wear the Echo Nest sweatsedo, they can opt for the alternate prize of $1,000 cash.  So your choice is for a prize is a Kind of Blue, or a Kind of Green.

But, wait! There’s more. Since we are unveiling two new APIs at Music Hack Day weekend,  we are going to offer not one, but two prizes, one to each of the two best hacks that use the Echo Nest APIs.   If you create one of the two best hacks that use the Echo Nest, you will get to chose from the ‘Kind of Blue’ or the ‘Kind of Green’ prize.   So get hacking!

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Hardware hacking at Music Hack Day Boston

There will be some opportunities for organized  hardware hacking at this weekend’s Music Hack Day Boston in the form of afternoon workshops.  All the details are on the Music Hack Day Workshops page.  Here’s just a teaser to wet your appetite.

Electric Eels Workshop by Noah Vawter with Justin  from Burnkit 2600.  This project introduces a mobile platform for melodic and percussive electronic music instruments.  It encourages playing them more like traditional instruments- electrical energy is produced on a note-by-note basis from its players’ movements.

Atari Punk Console Workshop –  Jimmie Rodgers will lead a workshop on building Atari Punk Consoles. The Atari Punk Console is a simple synthesizer with a wide range of sounds. It is so named because the sounds generated are similar to those of the early Atari consoles.



Atari Punk Consoles


Pen Plotter & Chiplotle workshop –   While not exactly hardware hacking, it is definitely old school. Douglas Repetto  and Brian Whitman  will show you how to plot your beautiful music visualizations or whatever else on quite possibly the sexiest of all paper output mechanisms — early 1980s HPGL pen plotters!



The sexiest of all paper output mechanisms


Programmable Audio Effects in a Sketch Environment with LeafLabs’ Maple – by Okie Williams. In this 2 hour workshop you will learn  how you can use Maple with a little extra circuitry (op-amps, resistors, capacitors) to program your own audio effects in an Arduino-like sketch environment and focus mainly on programming effects instead of hardware.


Audio and Guitar effects on Maple


Example of a guitar effect

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Music Hack Day Boston tee-shirt design challenge!

We love the Music Hackday  Tee-Shirt. But we need a new design!  So, in the tradition of the Music Hack Day you have 24 hours to hack the tee-shirt and come up with a new design.  If we chose your design we’ll give you credit on the Music Hack Day Boston web site and you’ll have the joy of seeing 200 hackers wearing the fruits of your labors.

Here are the requirements:

Create a one or two-color design and submit it as an EPS by email to by 5PM EDT October 6.  If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments here.

Update:  Here’s an EPS of the Music Hack Day Logo.

Update 2: Dave points to even more logo resources

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Link dump from the Amsterdam music hackday

Some of my favorite things from the AMS MHD

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