Music Hack Day Breeds Innovation

BOSTON (Hypebot) – Music Hack Days have been held around the globe and last weekend the event came to Boston.

The goal main of every Music Hack Day is to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It's a full weekend of hacking in which participants conceptualize, create and present their projects. The organizers call it Music + software + hardware + art + the web.

"Anything goes as long as it's music related."


Music Hack Day Boston Winners:


Ticketfly Prize: Preview – Listen to hot songs from all artists playing a given show. Much easier than tracking them all down on myspace!

Songkick Prize: Jennie’s Ultimate Road Trip – Jennie's Ultimate Road Trip will create a tour itinerary for your road trip. Give the web app your starting city, ending city, dates of travel and your favorite artists and Jennie's Ultimate Road Trip will find all the best events that you should see on the way, and schedules your trip so you arrive in town just in time for the show.

MusiXMatch Prize: DIY Ceelo – Remember the text version of the Ceelo video that was making the rounds earlier this year before the fully-produced version emerged, which displayed big blocky lyrics as Ceelo sang them? DIY Ceelo lets you do that for any music video on YouTube.


MusiXMatch Prize: LyricalComments – Pulls timestamped lyrics (subtitles) from musiXmatch and posts them as comments onto the track on SoundCloud. Creating a faux-karaoke effect.

SoundCloud Prize: Sing ‘Em All – simple web app that turns any block of text into song using the melody of your choice.

7Digital Prize: FeedTunes – FeedTunes takes the top Twitter trends of the day, searches for songs with those keywords as lyrical content, and generates a playlist based on those results.

Sf MusicTech Prize, Echo Nest Prize: Danceability Index – Use Last FM to find historical most popular songs in NYC. Get danceability of popular songs from Echo Nest. Make Danceability Index and use it to invest in the stock market.

SF Music Tech Prize: Invisible Instruments – Guitar: By making use of the accelerometers and tilt-detectors in the iPhone and Wii remote, Invisible Instruments – Guitar allows the player to shred without a guitar, while enjoying a decent degree of control over what chords and notes get played. It’s just like air guitar, but noisier.

SF MusicTech Prize: NoteFlight HTML5 Score Viewer and Player – We're exporting information from a customized version of Noteflight allowing a prototype HTML5 score viewer to render both a view and an audio rendition of a score.

LyricFind Prize: SynLyrics – SynLyrics analyzes lyrics and assigns a color to each to allow you to view a song graphically.

The Echo Nest Prize: Highlight to Listen – Highlight to Listen allows you to search for information and music for any artist by simply highlighting text on a page.

The Echo Nest Prize: HazMash – HazMash gives regular civilians the ability to create their own mash-ups in real-time by dragging samples into a moving timeline, with the beats syncing up automatically.

The Echo Nest Prize: scrobbyl– Scrobbyl makes it easy to keep Last.fm up-to-date on what you're listening to on vinyl.


A full list of all Music Hack Day participants.


1. Electric Eels Performance
2. Call Center's suck ( dynamic playlists while you wait )

3. Ramid II melody composer.
4. sQRatchLive buy the song the DJ is playing.
5. On The Fly Setlist Creator
6. Beatbox resynthesis — Align a beatbox performance to a drum track and use to resynthesize another beatbox performance.
7. hazMASH: mashups for the masses – Browser-based real-time interactive creation of music mashups using only html5, css, javascript, and EchoNest Remix.
8. Noteflight HTML5 score viewer and player
9. Scrobbyl – Scrobble you vinyl, CDs and cassette tapes
10. Paint Samples – Paint to the HTML5 Canvas and then listen your drawing using the Firefox 4 Audio API (Requires FF 4.0 Beta)
11. MusicSeeder – Personal Music Recommendation based off your Facebook 'liked' music.
12. Tasteometer – Plot your Last.fm friends listening habits by energy and danceability
13. Eyelid Visualizer – Visualize music as you listen to it
14. DIY Cee-Lo – Make your own Cee-Lo Green video based on the YouTube of your choice
15. SongSwot – How well do you know your music universe?
16. Toscanini Gestural Control Interface – a wireless gestural controlled for artists, dancers and musicians.
17. FeedTunes – Playlist generated on current Twitter trends. (formerly TwitterPlay)
18. Danceability Index – invest in the stock market based on the danceability rating of popular songs
19. MarketParse
20. VIPmkr
21. mlnest – Cut up songs for mlr.
22. Jennie's Ultimate Road Trip

23. musiXmatch/Echonest integration on lyrics API
24. Get Psyched – Find songs you haven't heard yet that touring bands you like are likely to play
25. Invisible Instruments: Guitar
26. SynLyrics – a synesthetics view to lexical music
27. LyricalComments – musiXmatch subtitles to soundcloud comments
28. Riker – automatic mp3 tagging
29. Show Preview – should you bother catching that opening band, or get a beer instead?
30. Slideshow Sync – use EchoNest API to make the slideshow flip frames on the soundtrack's beat
31. "Twitter for Music" – a demo of a service for disposable music
32. EOP945-DJMichael5000Botts – automatically chop and screw mp3s and other crazy sounds
33. BeatBlender – step sequencer that uses samples from your music library that sound like drum sounds
34. spotfm – Google Chrome extension to play Spotify from last.fm pages
35. Sing'Em All – Sing your kick ass fav phrase with the monophonic melody of your choice!
36. Highlight to Listen – A Google Extension that finds music using the Echo Nest api (and plays nicely with extension.fm)
37. Uninterrupter – an experiment in unobtrusive notification for GPS navigation systems
38. tomahawk jabber query – query tomahawk for information about the currently playing song
39. tomahawk music competitiveness – graph your friends' music collections, see who likes more bad music
40. WTFM – break songs up into pieces and use those samples for live performance
41. WeJayy – WeJayy is a collaborative realtime playlist generator. In effect, a crowd collectively acting as a disc jockey to control a single stream of music.
42. Rocket Nest – Python implementation of the Echo Nest API.
43. Setlist Energy – Songkick && Echo Nest plotting bands energy from set lists
44. PseudoConvolver – for MICrODEC programmable effects box
45. Circuit benders
46. LikeBook.fm – Facebook + EchoNest + YouTube = Browse through Artists you like on Facebook, See their Videos (via EchoNest) and automatically play those 'songs'/videos via YouTube — three click music discovery

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