5 Of Our Favorite Music Tech Events In NYC And Beyond

Music has the profound power to impact all of us every day. With the emergence of new technologies and creative thinking, there are now outlets for amateurs, engineers, visual artists, coders and bookworms alike to share a common experience and push the boundaries of what the future of music looks like. Here are some of our top picks, from local to global:

1. Monthly Music Hackathon

Quick Rundown

“At Monthly Music Hackathon NYC, musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, composers, hardware tinkerers, and others spend the last Saturday of each month hacking together projects exploring music.” - Monthly Music Hackathon Website

Where Is It Held

Spotify

45 W 18th St

New York, NY 10011

When Can I Go

The next theme is Hip Hop Hacks. It will be held on a Saturday in June 2017 from noon to 10:00 PM

Unique Takeaway

If a pizza party at Spotify HQ isn’t enticing enough, how about progressive social change all in the name of music and science! The Music With A Purpose hackathon struck a particular chord with the AUX team, and we hope it does for you, too.

2. NYMusicTech Meetup

Quick Rundown

“A community that's here to support the people who are defining what music technology will look like in the future.” - NYMusicTech Website

Where Is It Held

NYC

When Can I Go

TBD. Visit their MeetUp page for regular updates.

Unique Takeaway

Other than the fact that they often serve BBQ and beer (two of our main food groups at AUX), they film their events! You can watch the most recent presenters (at the time that this article was written) here.

3. SXSW Hackathon

Quick Rundown

“The SXSW Hackathon (formerly the SXSW Music Hackathon) is 24 straight hours of buzzing, high-tech creativity as music, VR/AR, and film hacker/creators use their programming knowledge and our collection of music, visual APIs, and coding assets to develop their industry-changing prototypes and compete for cash prizes, awarded by our panel of celebrity judges.” - SXSW Website

Where Is It Held

Austin, TX

When Can I Go

March 9-18, 2018

Unique Takeaway

The 2017 winner of both Best Music and Best Use of Amper Music, “Ctrl^3”, hacked the Merge HoloCube – an AR/VR accessory – to create an Ableton Live controller that can control up to 5 parameters with one hand tied behind your back. Read more about this game changer in this Devpost article.

4. SF MusicTech Summit

Quick Rundown

“The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to do business and discuss, in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.” - SF MusicTech Summit Website

Where Is It Held

San Fransisco, CA

When Can I Go

October 17, 2017

Unique Takeaway

Here is a Forbe’s article that does a great job of recapping the SF MusicTech Summit from 2016. You can also listen to the author, Cheri Hu, moderate the “Contextual Playlists for Autos” panel here. Very cool stuff.

5. Music Tech Fest

Quick Rundown

“Music Tech Fest is the global festival of music ideas and a giant creative laboratory featuring cutting edge performance, music hacking, and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and business in a vibrant environment. Unique collaborations, new works created on site, premieres of future technology, and a visionary community, make each event an exciting landmark gathering. MTF is cross-genre, international, enriching, and inclusive.” - Music Tech Fest Website

Where Is It Held

Globally/Berlin, Germany

When Can I Go

May 2017

Unique Takeaway

How about a manifesto for the future of music technology?

Recap:

Maybe your school system can’t afford an advanced music department. Maybe you’ve maxed out your credits this semester but still want to broaden your extracurricular exploration. Maybe there is no other outlet for your musical expression.

When music becomes multisensory, multicultural, multidisciplinary, and just generally agnostic to any preconceived notions of who should be involved, these events and others like them give a voice to those otherwise silent.

These events are inspiring more and more similar “music hacks” from Nashville to Bulgaria, so keep your ears to the ground.