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 2015 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 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference in hopes of fostering intercollegiate collaborations between conference attendees. HAMR@ISMIR2015 was held at the University of Malaga immediately before ISMIR on October 24th-25th, 2015.


Documentation of the work done at HAMR@ISMIR 2015 can be found on the proceedings page.


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


Saturday, October 24th

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

Sunday, October 25th

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

Mailing list/contact

For updates, questions, and suggestions, please join the hamr-discuss Google group.

Past HAMRs