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  2. New Musical Instruments Hackathon at Spotify
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Noon to 10:00 PM

Schedule
Noon - 12:30 PM

Special guest composers and instrument builders will give brief informal talks about new musical instrument projects.


12:30 PM - 8:00 PM

“Hack” on any music-related project of your choice.

This is an opportunity to intensively workshop an idea, either collaboratively or on your own, and rapidly take it through the entire lifecycle of a project, from idea to implementation to presentation. Learn about other hackers’ projects and get feedback on your project from folks who are also interested in deeply investigating music, but who might have different backgrounds. All levels of skill and experience in any discipline are welcome.

8:00 PM

Concert and demonstration of the hacks made, plus performances from special guests. Open to everyone.

Spotify NYC
45 W 18th St, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10011


Please RSVP at https://inst.eventbrite.com


We’re really excited to have as our special guests the composers and engineers behind “New Music For New Instruments”!

“New Music for New Instruments” is a concert under development that will be presented this November in Brooklyn. The program will feature works created through the collaboration of instrument builders Andy Cavatorta, Merche Blasco, and Nick Yulman working together with composers Angelica Negron, Albert Behar, Fjola Evans and Molly Herron. This collaboration is a conversation about music and the potential of new sounds and new interfaces for engaging dynamic performances created through the dialogue between the composers and instrument builders.


http://monthlymusichackathon.org
https://twitter.com/musichackathon
https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon
https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/new-musical-instruments-hackathon-at-spotify
Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP

Get a head start by discussing your project or ideas on our discussion mailing list: musichackathon+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Please email musichackathon@gmail.com if you’ve got a project you’d like to present at Noon.

Please invite your friends and spread the word!

    New Musical Instruments Hackathon at Spotify



    Saturday, July 26th, 2014
    Noon to 10:00 PM

    Schedule

    Noon - 12:30 PM

    Special guest composers and instrument builders will give brief informal talks about new musical instrument projects.

    12:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    “Hack” on any music-related project of your choice.

    This is an opportunity to intensively workshop an idea, either collaboratively or on your own, and rapidly take it through the entire lifecycle of a project, from idea to implementation to presentation. Learn about other hackers’ projects and get feedback on your project from folks who are also interested in deeply investigating music, but who might have different backgrounds. All levels of skill and experience in any discipline are welcome.

    8:00 PM

    Concert and demonstration of the hacks made, plus performances from special guests. Open to everyone.

    Spotify NYC
    45 W 18th St, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10011

    Please RSVP at https://inst.eventbrite.com

    We’re really excited to have as our special guests the composers and engineers behind “New Music For New Instruments”!

    “New Music for New Instruments” is a concert under development that will be presented this November in Brooklyn. The program will feature works created through the collaboration of instrument builders Andy Cavatorta, Merche Blasco, and Nick Yulman working together with composers Angelica Negron, Albert Behar, Fjola Evans and Molly Herron. This collaboration is a conversation about music and the potential of new sounds and new interfaces for engaging dynamic performances created through the dialogue between the composers and instrument builders.

    http://monthlymusichackathon.org
    https://twitter.com/musichackathon
    https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon
    https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/new-musical-instruments-hackathon-at-spotify
    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP

    Get a head start by discussing your project or ideas on our discussion mailing list: musichackathon+subscribe@googlegroups.com

    Please email musichackathon@gmail.com if you’ve got a project you’d like to present at Noon.

    Please invite your friends and spread the word!

  3. Music Hackathon NYC June 2014

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    Noon - Doors open
    8pm - Presentations and performances of hacks

    Etsy
    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

    http://monthlymusichackathon.org/
    https://twitter.com/musichackathon
    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/111616907@N03/

    Discussion

    musichackathon@googlegroups.com
    https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon

    Location

    Etsy
    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712

    Directions

    * 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)

  4. Music Visualization Hackathon

    Interested parties are invited to Etsy Labs to spend the day exploring the many ways (and reasons) sound may be translated into images. The event will culminate in a series of short presentations in which participants are encouraged to share the results of their explorations and creations with the public.

    Saturday, May 31, 2014
    Hacking starts at Noon
    Presentations at 8 PM

    Etsy Labs
    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712

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

    More info:
    https://twitter.com/musichackathon
    https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon
    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP
    Directions: https://musicvizhack.eventbrite.com

  5. Jazz Hackathon 2014 Hacks

    The 2nd annual Jazz Hackathon was held at Columbia University on Saturday. Below is a selection of the wonderful hacks that were made.


    Hong Kong Bloops
    Brian McFee

    Brian applied his infamous AutoChipTune technology to the old tune “Hong Kong Blues" by Hoagie Carmichael, which you may know from the movie To Have Or Have Not. But converting this 1939 masterpiece into a video game caricature wasn’t enough. He also extracted the lead vocal from the original and layered it over the chip tune version. I love how it sounds retro in two different ways.


    Pop to Jazz Converter
    C.J. Carr & Brian McFee

    This project was a brilliant idea that could easily be a 5 year project. It’s shocking they got so much of it done in 8 hours. The premise is that much jazz is derived from popular music. A simplified description of the process might be: a characteristic element or section of the pop piece is played by an ensemble, then the rhythm and harmonies are looped while soloists take turns elaborating on the melodic thematic material of the original song, then the characteristic section from the beginning is repeated by the whole ensemble. The goal of the project was to make a machine that automatically remixes the audio of a pop song into a new jazz song. I won’t describe their technical process here, but you can find Brian or C.J. on the internet if you want to ask them about it.

    Wonderful quote from C.J.: “What I love about jazz is that it takes something you’re familiar with then fucks with it until your mind is blown.”


    Crowd Remix
    C.J. Carr

    C.J. made a lovely website that turns any song (any audio, actually) into a musical instrument. It uses The Echo Nest Remix API to break the song up into tiny segments and get audio analysis for each chunk. The song is visually layed out in a strip across the screen with segments clustered together based on timbral quality. As you scrub your mouse across the strip each segment loops, creating a sweeping granular synthesis type of sound. Play around with it yourself here: http://cortexel.us/crowdremix/crowdremix.php.


    'Round Midnight/A La Nana
    Candida Haynes

    Candida Haynes is a singer and programmer. At the Jazz Hackathon, she made a lovely mashup of “‘Round Midnight”, the Ladino song “A La Nana”, and her original “Somewhere.” We were treated to her live a capella singing accompanied by herself with an effect that looped her voice which she manipulated in real time.


    Acoustic-Driven Synthesizer
    Dylan Sherry

    Dylan Sherry is a saxophonist and computer scientist who works with genetic programming for data mining. At the Jazz Hackathon he used SuperCollider to follow the pitch of an acoustic signal and trigger a synth with the same pitches. The process of translating from the acoustic sound to the very dry synthesizer is not perfect, which creates a very nice glitchy effect. (Audio sample coming soon!)


    Sub Machine
    Andres Marin

    Andres built a sequencer in Max for Live that lets you set up harmonic progressions and provides a nice interface for manipulating chord substitutions in real time. It’s interesting to hear a persistent simple progression with essentially random substitutions.


    Jazz Map
    David Su

    David plotted The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord on a world map with a timeline slider, showing the recording location and year for recordings from 1900 - 1953.


    The Girl From Ipanema
    Andreas Jansson

    Andreas Jansson likes Bossa Nova, but to him the chords are much more interesting than all the other “post colonial bullshit.” So he wanted to figure out a way to make new music that features the harmonies used in Bossa Nova, but uses different rhythms and timbres and textures. What he came up with is software that generates beautiful realizations of Bossa Nova harmonic progressions made from thousands of tiny samples of the top 1000 most popular songs in the US since 1950 according to Billboard. The result has lush timbres, subtle rhythmic layerings, and a meditative tone.

    The process for creating this new Bossa Nova and Pop-derived music was somewhat straightforward. Audio of the top 1000 most popular Billboard pop songs was broken down into segments at every attack using The Echo Nest API. The Echo Nest provides an estimation of the strength of each of the twelve pitch classes for every segement, which Jansson used to identify segments that had one, two, or three very prominent pitches and very low strength of all other notes. A harmonic progression was then chosen manually (he used Girl From Ipanema in his demo at the Jazz Hackathon) which was realized by layering repeated segments. For example, if a harmony is {C E G Bb}, five segments might be chosen: {C}, {C G}, {E}, {C E G}, {G Bb}. Because each segment is a different length and the segments are being repeated, the result is a random polyrhythm of several different tempos.

    Check out the code here: https://github.com/andreasjansson/jazzcollage


    Harris Wulfson’s LiveScore
    Jonathan Marmor

    I spent the majority of the Jazz Hackathon doing something not particularly jazzy: preparing my late friend Harris Wulfson’s piece LiveScore for a performance at the SPOR Festival for Contemporary Music and Sound Art (http://www.sporfestival.dk/). It’s a fascinating piece. Several musicians with acoustic instruments read parts that are generated in real time based on input from a bank of knobs which the audience is invited to play with. The code is here if you’re interested: https://github.com/harriswulfson/livescore

  6. Jazz Hackathon

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


    Jazz Hackathon


    When

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


    Where

    Columbia University
    Room 750 Costa Commons Engineering, CESPR/Schapiro, 7th floor
    530 W 120th St New York, NY 10027
    (https://goo.gl/maps/d0iEu)
    http://www.wikicu.com/Schapiro_CEPSR


    How

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

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


    What

    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.


    Who

    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!!!


  7. 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
    http://music.ece.drexel.edu/hamrphilly2014

    Berklee Music Therapy Hack
    March 29 - 30
    hack/reduce
    Cambridge, MA
    http://www.berklee.edu/mthack

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

    SPOR Festival For Contemporary Music And Sound Art
    May 8 - 11
    Godsbanen
    Aarhus, Denmark
    http://www.sporfestival.dk/2014/forside/
    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
    http://www.musictechfest.org/

    Monthly Music Hackathon NYC May
    TBD
    NYC

    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!

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

    (photos by Brendan Adamson)

  9. February 2014 Music Hackathon NYC

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

    Etsy
    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

    http://monthlymusichackathon.org/
    https://twitter.com/musichackathon
    Join the announcements mailing list: http://eepurl.com/pNXJP
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/111616907@N03/

    Discussion

    musichackathon@googlegroups.com
    https://www.facebook.com/musichackathon

    Location

    Etsy
    55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Suite 712

    Directions

    * 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)

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

    grackle:

    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…