1. Jazz Hackathon

    Monthly Music Hackathon NYC and Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department present the 2nd annual:

    Jazz Hackathon


    April 26, 2014
    Hackathon 10am - 8pm
    8pm Concert and hack presentations


    Columbia University
    Room 750 Costa Commons Engineering, CESPR/Schapiro, 7th floor
    530 W 120th St New York, NY 10027


    RSVP: http://monthlymusichackathonnyc.eventbrite.com/

    *** You must RSVP with your real name and come with photo ID to get in the building ***


    To hack is to make something new by deeply investigating, taking apart, and reassembling a subject.

    Hackathons are gatherings for anyone who makes things to spend all day rapidly going through the entire lifecycle of a creative project. It’s an opportunity to try out new ideas, get practice executing a project, share ideas, potentially collaborate, and present what you’ve come up with.

    This hackathon will focus on hacking Jazz. Jazz is an incredibly rich subject with a deep history and hundreds of flourishing communities practicing extremely varied interpretations of what it is.

    There has been an explosion of development in technological tools for studying music in the past 20 years. Jazz has been studied with these tools somewhat less than other styles of music, presenting an opportunity for new exploration. A research project at Columbia University has been focusing on this opportunity for the last few years. The Jazz Hackathon will kick off with a brief update on their project and an overview of interesting Jazz research projects.

    Any sort of project that investigates Jazz is appropriate for the Jazz Hackathon: new pieces of music, new approaches to improvisation, visualizations of audio, Jazz history research, automated Jazz performance, Jazz catalog browsers, the perfect niche Jazz streaming music app, etc, etc, etc. Last year there were projects that re-synthesized a Charlie Parker solo with bird song, a group improvisation guided by a Vine-powered score, automatically generated lead sheets, and much more.


    Anyone who makes things related to Jazz or art and technology or who wants to. Musicians, composers, artists, musicologists, programmers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, weirdos, you.

    Sponsored by the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department

    This just in! Jazz Hackathon will feature the ultra-virtuosic ragtime xylophone stylings of Xylopholks!!!

  2. Upcoming Music Tech Stuff

    It doesn’t look like we’ll be doing a Monthly Music Hackathon in March 2014, but here’s a list of a bunch of other upcoming music tech events and hackathons:

    Music Tech Fest Boston
    March 21 - 23
    Microsoft New England Research and Development
    Cambridge, MA
    http://www.musictechfest.org/ (Follow the link to request an invitation)

    HAMR Philly
    Hacking Audio and Music Research
    March 29 - 30
    ExCITe Center
    Philadelphia, PA

    Berklee Music Therapy Hack
    March 29 - 30
    Cambridge, MA

    Monthly Music Hackathon NYC April (It might be the 2nd Annual Jazz and Tech Forum)

    SPOR Festival For Contemporary Music And Sound Art
    May 8 - 11
    Aarhus, Denmark
    This is far away from most people reading this, but this is a special partnership between SPOR and Monthly Music Hackathon, bringing a music hackathon to this long running experimental music festival. There will be more about this partnership on this blog soon.

    Music Tech Fest London
    May 16 - 18
    London, UK

    Monthly Music Hackathon NYC May

    Soon there may be a Monthly Music Hackathon series starting up in Boston! Also, we’ve got some interesting plans up our sleeves to do sound installations in unique New York City locations. Stay tuned!

  3. The February 2014 Music Hackathon NYC at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn.

    (photos by Brendan Adamson)

  4. February 2014 Music Hackathon NYC

    Noon - Doors open
    8pm - Presentations and performances of hacks

    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712

    Free!! Please RSVP at http://monthlymusichackathonnyc.eventbrite.com/

    At Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, composers, hardware tinkerers, and others spend the last Saturday of each month hacking together projects exploring the possibilities of art with sound. At 8pm we have a concert and presentations of the art and tech made that day.

    Participants should either bring an idea and whatever they need to complete it (computers, instruments, amps, mics, audio interfaces, electronics parts, glue, etc), and/or proactively coordinate with other participants via https://twitter.com/musichackathon or https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon or https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/musichackathon.

    More info

    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP




    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712


    * From the York Street F stop:
    Exit station and turn right to walk down hill
    Walk down 1 full block to Front St.
    Turn left on Front street
    Walk 3 blocks and turn right on Washington (At Peas & Pickles market)
    Address is 55 Washington St. (walk up the metal ramp to get to front door)

    * From the High Street A/C stop:
    This is a long station so you will exit on one of two ends. a) If you exit toward the back of the train (coming from Manhattan) you will come out of the subway across from a small park b) If you exit toward the front of the train (coming from Manhattan) you will come out looking at the access ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge.

    If “a” then cross the street and walk through the park and take a left on Cadman Plaza East - walk down the hill (past the pedestrian staircase the Brooklyn Bridge) three blocks to the intersection of Front and Washington (At Peas & Pickles market)

    If “b” then follow the road around to the left when you exit onto Red Cross Place. Follow that about 100 yards until you are on Cadman Plaza E and follow it down the hill (past the pedestrian staircase the Brooklyn Bridge) three blocks to the intersection of Front and Washington (At Peas & Pickles market)

    Address is 55 Washington St. (walk up the metal ramp to get to front door)

  5. Talk about A Singular Christmas at the Automatic Music Hackathon →


    I gave a talk about my A Singular Christmas at the Automatic Music Hackathon last week. Here’s what it looked like and what I said.

    Pretend that you’re new here, and you want to know what a bird is. You’re lucky: lots of people know what a bird is. They can show you a bird. This is…

  6. Automatic Music Hack Day: Made @Etsy →


    Etsy, the leading online store for crafty entrepreneurs, is all about helping makers sell their wares. But this past weekend, Etsy Labs in Dumbo, Brooklyn became an art factory for digital music machines.

    Automatic Music Hack Day was the latest installment of the Monthly Music Hackathon, a…

  7. Cargo Cult Nonet Using Tic-Tac-Toe Yin Yang Sonification Notation →




    I attended the Automatic Music Hackathon on December 7, and composed a game piece for improvising musicians that for now is known by the sturdy and workmanlike title “Cargo Cult Nonet using Tic-Tac-Toe Yin Yang Sonification Notation”.

    While most projects at the hackathon used computer…

  8. Automating parody with the Yankomatic!


    The Monthly Music Hackathon returns!  This time around, the theme was Automatic Music.  Most people interpreted this to mean automatic composition (in one form or another). But, since I know so little about composition, I instead went back to a project idea that came out of conversations with Matt McVicar about automatic lyric analysis.

    I give you The Yankomatic!  Given a song title, it automatically generates a set of parody titles in the style of Weird Al Yankovic by substituting key words with food-related rhyming words.

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  9. Automatic Music Hackathon

    Talks, performances, and a hackathon focusing on algorithmic music composition and other interpretations of the phrase “Automatic Music.”

    Talks and performances - Fri, 12/6 7:30 PM
    Hackathon - Sat, 12/7 10 AM - 8 PM
    Presentation of hacks - Sat, 12/7 8 PM

    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712


    Friday, December 6th, 2013

    7:30 PM Reception
    8:00 PM Talks about and performances of automatic music
    * Beau Sievers - history of algorithmic art
    * Drew Krause - “Two Violins” and the Lisp system that generated it
    * String Noise performs Drew Krause’s “Two Violins”
    * Brian Whitman - “A Singular Christmas
    * Thor Kell - code that performs itself as music
    * Ben Lacker - Jazz Drum Machine
    * Tristan Jehan - Creating Music by Listening
    * Jonathan Marmor - "Jonathan Marmor"
    * String Noise performs Jonathan Marmor’s "Jonathan Marmor"
    10:00 PM Informal brainstorm for those participating in Saturday’s hackathon

    Saturday, December 7th, 2013

    10:00 AM Coffee
    10:30 AM Opening remarks
    11:00 AM Start hackathon
    1:00 PM Lunch
    8:00 PM Presentations of hacks
    (Plus a talk by Martin Roth on Tannhäuser: A C Compiler for Pure Data)
    10:00 PM Reception with open music performance of a piece TBD

    Free! Please RSVP at http://automusic.eventbrite.com/



    More info

    Facebook event page (invite your friends!)

    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP

    For directions see http://automusic.eventbrite.com/

  10. The challenge of the Haunted Hackathon was to make immersive audiovisual installations that could be experienced either as a Halloween haunted house or an art gallery. As you exited the elevator, you encountered a vibrating pile of amplified halloween noisemaking toys, systematic multichannel sound patterns swirling around a reverberant rotunda, a business meeting of disembodied jack-o-lantern heads with speakers for mouths, sounds of a trapped man emanating from a closet, a scene in an office moments after a suicide in the 1920’s, a glowing turntable driving a pulsating handmade analog synthesizer, a shakuhachi flute driven by the electrical activity of the performer’s heart, and a walk down a long, dark, foggy hallway into swelling sound effects, an ever brighter light, and a floating hologram of a door.