- In the old days it was DJs, A&R folks, labels and record store owners that were the gatekeepers to music. Today, we are seeing a new music gatekeeper emerge... the developer. Using open APIs, developers are creating new apps that change how people explore, discover, create and interact with music. But developers can't do it alone. They need data like gig listings, lyrics, recommendation tools and, of course, music! And they need it from reliable, structured and legitimate sources.
Dave Haynes from Soundcloud and Matthew Ogle from Last FM talk about some of the brilliant hacks created at Music Hackday and introduce the stars of the new music ecosystem that make music hacking such a vibrant scene.
- Music Hackdays takes place over a weekend where hackers are given 24 hours to come up with something interesting using one of the many APIs. They started in London but now happen all over the world. At a recent New York Music Hackday 72 apps were finished in 24 hours.
Here are a few examples of what can be achieved in short time.
Earth Destroyers plots the touring schedules of your favourite band to see if they are an 'earth saver' or an 'earth destroyer'/ Check out Nickleback versus Bon Jovi.
- App developers are the new music gatekeepers says Dave Haynes.
- 'Invisible Instruments' won Music Hackday New York. Using a Wii controller and an iPhone talking to his laptop Tim does some amazing things with invisible instruments.
- Trackdropper allows you to drop tracks around locations for people to pick up at a later date. There are lots of great uses for this which we are looking at using for Radio 1's Big Weekend.
- This won the first ever Music Hackday and uses the Soundcloud API to help you discover music via world locations.
- Bragging Rights allows you to settle an arguement amongst hipsters around who was into a band first. The idea is you track through your scrobbles to see who was listening to a certain artist first.