Music Hack Day Scotland

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A few weeks ago saw the inaugural Music Hack Day Scotland, which I was lucky enough to help organise along with the amazing Jim Wolff and Stuart Thomas.

This was an official Music Hack Day, which means it had 24 hours of creative tinkering and exploration with as much support as possible (in terms of equipment, software, data, and food). Sponsors included global companies such as Spotify,, The Echo Nest, Raspberry Pi, EMI, and many others, as well as brilliant locals such as Camel Audio, Artisan Roast, Harviestoun Beer, Blonde, and more.

The turnout, participation, and outcome of the whole event was amazing. We started out with a fantastic opening with Matthew Herbert, FOUND, Marco Donnarumma, Patrick Bergel, and myself giving talks and performances about music and technology. By the end of the 24 hours of hacking there were some truly amazing projects, we couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic participation. One of my favorite projects was this gorgeous paper digital metronome by Anny Deery

For my part, I was too involved in the organisation to make much myself, but I did manage to find a few minutes to make a ridiculous synthesizer or two for the amazing Puffersphere…someone took a video, have a look for yourself.

You can also read a few other posts and articles about the Hack Day:
Blog post from Raspberry Pi
Relive the magic of the weekend on Storify

Thanks to everyone who got involved, it was brilliant to be a part of it. The next Music Hack Day is in Reykjavik, good luck to the organisers – I’m sure it will be amazing!

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