Robot Drops, by Elisabeth Anderson (above), uses the Echonest API to create a palette of drops which can be triggered by a Novation Launchpad to make a live remix. It’s “based on Donk As A Service (which was also built at the Midem Hack Day) to build drum loops at the correct BPM,” says Anderson, whose elaborate onstage demo worked a treat!
The catcheruperer, by Alastair Porter & Jens Nockert, avoids embarrassing dinner party moments by asking you which chart song you last remember, then building a playlist of related songs you should probably know about. It’s based on historical data from Billboard charts. Try it out here… and avoid awkward musical moments forever!
The Infinite Ramones, by Alexandre Passant, creates a never-ending song using different segments of 250 Ramones tunes, “because they all sound pretty much the same anyway,” he said. It is inspired by the Echo Nest’s Infinite Jukebox.
Mastersync, by Chris Garret, allows catalogue holders to create rough cuts quickly and easily, so they can submit music for syncs and increase their chances of winning a deal. You can simply choose any track and any video to go with it, and then pitch away! Check it out here.
Audiogram, by Sara Gozalo, lets you create audio samples – for example, of your voice – add filters to those sounds, and then share them on social media. “Instagram for audio”, in a nutshell “Maybe this is the next selfie?” mused Gozalo… Try it here…
rMIXr, by Ben Fields, Sam Phippen and Hugh Rawlinson, is a simple tool for remixing competitions that is 100% browser-based. Try it here!
FanBox, by Danny Kirschner, is a wifi portal designed for promoting artists. It offers internet access at festivals, concerts or even on the street, and promotes any given band when the user connects their device.
The Drop Machine, by Midem Hack Day co-organiser Paul Lamere, automatically detects the drops in dance tracks on Spotify… so you can listen to nothing but! Energising…
SpotiBYE!, by Stevie Graham and Dan Palmer, shows that it’s possible to strip DRM from Spotify media and save songs as mp3s. We’re sure Hack Day sponsor Spotify appreciates the educational value of this hack! “Please don’t sue us!” said Graham 😉
Kaossify, by Simone Lamberti, is described as “Korg Kaossilator on steroids”, as it upgrades Korg’s synth/sampler with automatic sampling from Spotify and new real time live effects. Lamberti’s onstage demo proved his point, as he essentially pulled music from Spotify and manipulated it in real time. Impressive!
Did you get that thing I sent you? (DYGTTISY), by Emi Mitchell & Adam John Williams, is “a hardware device for the creation and performance of ByteBeat music, with a touchscreen to allow you to enter code and a joystick & potentiometer to control variables in that code,” says Williams.
Festival Bag, by Becky Stewart, is an “augmented handbag” that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, then lights up to signify notifications. Its beads and tassles can also be used to reply via the phone. Becky went on to win Midem HackDay 2015 for her handy creation. Congratulations!
Write like Kanye, by Varun Jewalikar, does what it says on the box: autocompletes texts as if you were Kanye West. Or Shakespeare. Or Try it for yourself here!
tune.cat, by Hassy Veldstra, is “sort of like Tinder for songs”, in that you enter the name of an artist you like, then swipe left or right to discover similar ones you might like. Try it here!
Tietrack, by Lucas Coelho, is a musical education game app which asks you to recognise songs based on their intervals.
Presented by Huw Rawlinson, Where’s my music at? very simply lets you see who’s listening to what in the world, in real time.
Thanks to Midem Hack Day organisers Paul Lamere and Martyn Davies for this cracking 5th edition; to sponsors Spotify and Splice; and most of all to our 25 hackers, who now deserve a good rest!