Hackathons and hack days have proven to be an effective way for entrepeneurs and hobbyists to spend a concentrated period of time doing preliminary work on a new project. However, most hackathons have an emphasis on prototyping commercial applications using technology from the companies who sponsor the event. HAMR (Hacking Audio and Music Research) is an event series which applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.

HAMR@ISMIR 2014 provided a space for individuals from various institutions, backgrounds, and experience levels to test out novel ideas as opposed to finishing a polished project and paper. As the name suggests, this iteration of HAMR was held in conjunction with the the 15th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference in hopes of fostering intercollegiate collaborations between conference attendees. HAMR@ISMIR2014 was held at Academia Sinica immediately before ISMIR on October 25th-26th, 2014.


Documentation of the work done at HAMR@ISMIR 2014 can be found on the proceedings page.


HAMR hammers were awarded by popular vote in the following categories:


Saturday, October 25th

9:30 AM - Breakfast and coffee
10:00 AM - Introductory remarks, project pitches
10:30 AM - Hacking begins
1:00 PM - Tutorials, lunch served
6:00 PM - Dinner served
9:00 PM - Hacking ends for the night (officially, at least)

Sunday, October 26th

9:30 AM - Hacking restarts, breakfast served
12:15 PM - Lunch served
5:00 PM - Hacking ends, presentations begin
6:00 PM - Prizes awarded, HAMR ends, drinks nearby

Mailing list/contact

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Past HAMRs