This weekend we had great fun and great company. Together with Minc, Malmö Incubator, where we are part of the incubation program, we co-hosted this event.
We invited all our friends from the music industry to come and present their API:s and their products.
The event was hosted by Minc.
Below is some random thoughts about the hackathon and the hacks that were created.
The food – well worth mentioning.
Normally, on a hack you eat lukewarm or cold pizza. Then you get all tired and thirsty. This is why I was really happy to see that all the food was super healthy and very tasty.
This was a music hack. Prior to the event I persumed that this meant that people were going to do hacks around music technology. This hack brought a new meaning to music hack. There was live music and DJ’s almost around the clock. On the second day for lunch we even had a lunch beat, dancing and having lunch at the same time. Excellent way to get the energy to continue coding for another couple of hours.
A somewhat weird concept that our friend Petter Palander came up with. Basically, he likes to listens to DJ-mixes when he works. So what did he do? Well, he started arranging clubs, where people brought their computers and instead of dancing, they program. My first visit I was a bit surprised,
To find more information about this, check out: https://www.facebook.com/codeclubbing
(this is truly bizarre from the DJ’s standpoint. Looking up from the decks to get feedback from the dance floor, is not really the same as looking up at a room full with people hammering away on their keyboards really focused on their code).
The hack itself – Here is a writeup on the competing teams
You might not suspect it, but the name is actually self-explanatory. It turns any song into dog step. This reminds me of the Skrillex goat remix meme, only this is automated. And with dogs instead of goats. Obviously. Built by Paul Lamere from Echonest.
This hack was about music journalism. How it can be tied closer to the actually music experience and how journalists can make some revenue online for their content. This hack did not contain any API:s.
They had built a funny game, where music was made by playing the game, which involved cats and cheese. They did not build on any of the API:s.
Using API:s from Spotify, EchoNest and FanArt, they created a visualization and remote control for parties. To avoid that annoying drunk guy who becomes music dictator. Making music at a party more social and fair.
This hack built on the API:s from Noe4j, and OpenStreetMap. Snaps to and bookmarks nearest OSM features. Basically a new way of sharing content to a certain location and locking it at that same location.
As the name implies this was a hardware hack with LEDs in a giant visualizer connected to Spotify. This one actually hurt your eyes.
This hack synchronized playback on multiple android devices with Soundcloud streams together with a OpenGL ES 2.0 based real-time equalizer visualization. Perfect if you ever want to create a silent rave somewhere. Also, since this hack does not care about which device is “master” or “slave”, it would be perfect for a spontaneous silent rave.
A new way of logging in to your favorite services. By whistling. The most exciting demo at the hackathon, as one of the developers behind it is not really that big on whistling. Added excitement. But they pulled it off, he logged himself in nicely.
This was a beautiful as it was creative. A personal favorite. The guys from http://ixagon.se/ turned a video stream into midi information that they feed into Ableton Live. Which they used was Startrek to demo. A movie entirerly in a blue color scheme. But they did also include another movie, which was a bit more colorful. Really interesting hack.
This was a democratic part playlist app built on the Deezer API and Sony Xperia hardware.
Fair playlist for parties built on Spotify and Everymote. As the name implies, this is also a remote control for your Spotify playlist.
Make remixes of your now Mp3’s using the EchoNest API.
This was a hack where Owegoo built a hack on EchoNest and Songkick to include finding concerts into their travel search service.
This hack by Claus Dahl was built using the EchoNest API. It is a rhythmical music player. It is a music player, but how you tap on the screen defines how the music sounds. If you find the beat of the song, and keep to that beat, the music sounds normal. If you tap to slow or to fast, the pace of the music shifts, making it sound weird or funny. Great little hack.
This hack was made from the same guy as EchoTap. Have you ever played that children’s game where you dance to the music. Then someone suddenly turns the music off, and if you move after the music has been silenced, you are out? Well, this is the Spotify version. By mounting a camera facing the crowd, the Spotify app then randomly stopped playing, and using image recognition, the app then shows you how is out of the game. For me at least, a completely new type of Spotify app concept.
Context aware MIDI.js step sequencer built using Echonest. This hack won the prize for the best Echnest hack.
Live coding Soundcloud Player. This hack, probably due to a fantastic presenting style, won the grand prize.
Here is some more stories from the hack:
Beside the point
As we travel around in the world, people are amazed how so many exciting companies can come from such a small country as Sweden. When people come to Malmö to visit, they most often get even more amazed. Because the realize how small a town Malmö really is. So why do people get amazed? The answer is talent.
I think it is a mistake to think that the occurrence of talent is bell-shaped. If the occurrence of talent was bell-shaped, then you would expect to find more cutting edge talent the bigger the pool of talent. But Malmö is proof that this is not always the case. Comparing this with larger cities, such as Berlin, I find more interesting startups and hacks in Malmö than I do in Berlin. Even in smaller populations you can find real talent and a lot of companies at the edge of new innovation and technology competing on a global market.