We’re mighty excited to be part of the organising team for Music Hack Day Scotland: Scotland’s first dedicated music “hack” event in Edinburgh on August 24th/25th. It’s a chance for developers, designers, musicians and experimental tinkerers to come together to build innovative music projects in just 24 hours.
To launch the event, there’ll be a host of top drawer artists and pioneers of music innovation - such as creative director of the New Radiophonic Workshop Matthew Herbert, Scottish band FOUND, digital music service Spotify and local musicians Marco Donnarumma and Yann Seznec - who’ll be presenting some of their latest projects at Fringe venue Summerhall. This is free for anyone and everyone to attend (you don’t have to go to the full hack to come along - register here).
The 24-hour hack is then being hosted at Techcube, a brand new tech start-up incubation centre, where participants can come together to build music projects, using whatever data, technology and skills they have to hand. Some of the data available includes musical archive footage from National Museum Scotland, gig and band information from concert website Songkick and music available on services like Soundcloud and This Is My Jam. Participants may choose to make apps, web services, hardware, art, instruments or just plain music – it’s wide open, provided it’s music-related. Then everyone gets a chance to present their projects the following day, with prizes, from the likes of Spotify, going to the most inventive and creative.
The event will also form part of the Turing Festival, Scotland’s foremost technology and innovation conference, which takes place over the same weekend, and will take part during Edinburgh Fringe. And in keeping with ethos of music hack days the launch party and hack event are completely free.
For further information, to receive tickets and to register for online updates visit: scotland.musichackday.org
Music Hack Day Scotland is also being organised by the Scottish Music Industry Association and Lucky Frame.