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.

For this special iteration of HAMR, we are teaming up with the Monthly Music Hackathon (MMH) to present the "Science of Music Hackathon". The event will be held in conjunction with the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) in hopes of fostering collaborations between conference attendees and MMH participants. The Science of Music Hackathon will provide a space for individuals with various backgrounds and experience levels to test out novel ideas as opposed to finishing a polished project or paper. The event will be held at the Spotify NYC headquarters immediately before ISMIR on August 5th and 6th, 2016.

Call for participation

Individuals and groups are invited to spend August 5th and 6th working on projects and novel research in any of the following areas: If you'd like to attend, please fill out this form before August 3rd, 2016. Registration is free and all are welcome.


Friday, August 5th

7:00 PM - Doors open
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Talks
    Finn Upham: While you were listening: capturing the effect of music on the human body
    Paul Lamere: The evolution of a music hack
    Sarah Woolley: How the encoding of songs in the songbird brain is related to perception and behavior
    Sankalp Gulati + Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli: Ragawise, a real-time raga recognition system for web browsers
    Maria Panteli: Detecting outliers in world music collections
9:00 PM onwards - Hack planning and brainstorming

Saturday, August 6th

10:00 AM - Doors open
10:30 AM - 2:35 PM - Tutorials
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Rob McCaul: Adding skills to Amazon Alexa with the Alexa Skills kit
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Brian McFee: librosa, a Python library for audio and music analysis
    12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - LUNCH! (Not a tutorial)
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Minwei Gu: ACRCloud, an API for automatic audio content recognition
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Cinjon Resnick and Curtis "Fjord" Hawthorne: creating music with Magenta/TensorFlow
    2:00 PM - 2:05 PM - Georgi Dzhambazov: Essentia, a C++ library for audio analysis and audio-based music information retrieval 8:00 PM - Hack presentations, demos, and concert


The Science of Music Hackathon will be held at the Spotify NYC headquarters, which is located at 45 W 18th St. in New York City.

Mailing list/contact

For updates, questions, and suggestions, please join the hamr-discuss Google group. More information about HAMR is available here.