Music Hack Day kicks off in London with Soundcloud hackers. Photo (CC) Alexander Ljung.

Code, hardware, and software: Hack Days are all about getting actual stuff made. Berliners, the Music Hack Day that took place in London at The Guardian now gets underway in Berlin this weekend. For anyone who thought the first event was overly Web-centric, there are some new players in Berlin. Ableton is a sponsor, and Ableton, Native Instruments, and RjDj are all presenting hack sessions (in addition to the more Web-focused / consumer-focused 7digital, Songkick, Cloudspeakers, Mufin, SoundCloud, and Echonest). The awesome German musician magazine DE:BUG is also in on the action. I also see our friends at Future Audio Workshop (developers of Circle) in the lineup.

Check out the details:
http://berlin.musichackday.org/
Weekend schedule

So, German readers, who’s going? I’d love to have some spies tell us what the discussions are with NI and Ableton.

I’m, as always, interested in how we can get past geography and share work internationally. So if you’re doing a project, be sure to take lots of pictures, screen caps, code pastes, and the like, and we’ll feature your work here on CDM.

Future events are planned for other cities, and I hope CDM will be involved in some of them. Boston will be the first US event, but it’s on a date I can’t make it. Anyone have a space here in New York you’d like to suggest?

  • http://www.myspace.com/formatk format.k

    ah damn, have I missed the London one!? sounds really interesting. Maybe next time.

  • nat

    dag. i fly out friday morning for a week. talk about timing. I went to the RjDj sprint and i expect this whole thing to be really cool.

  • http://soundcloud.com David

    Thanks for the post, Peter.

    @nat @format.k Ah, sorry you can't make it. We have some more Hack Day planned in the future: Boston and Amsterdam and it looks like Mumbai and NYC are getting shaped as well. Keep an eye out on http://musichackday.org for news and announcement (also @musichackday on Twitter).

    Thanks again!

  • Graham H

    What's the deal with this? I "registered" but haven't heard whether my application was successful. Do participants have to use the API's presented? Or is this essentially just about getting a load of people making "stuff" under the same roof, in order to check out each other's ideas? (which is what I'd hope for.) More tangible info is promised on the website but not provided.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @Graham H: Just FYI, it sounds like you're pretty free to do what you like. Obviously, it'd make sense to make some use of the tools from the folks there *somewhere*, because they're there in person to help you out!