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The Future of Audio Events

Posted on
05 Apr 2017
Audio Events
05 Apr 2017 • Audio Events
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5 New Events

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

Colorful music notes, a piano, and brain make up the Monthly Music Hackathon banner image.
  • Where: Spotify, 45 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
  • When: The next theme is Hip Hop Hacks. It will be held on a Saturday in June 2017 from noon to 10:00 PM.
  • Why: 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.
"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

2. NY MusicTech Meetup

A nighttime view of New York over the Hudson river with the #NYMusicTech hasthatg.
  • Where: 61Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn 11201
  • When: May 4, 2017 @ 7:00
  • Why: 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.
“A community that's here to support the people who are defining what music technology will look like in the future.” - NYMusicTech Website

3. SXSW Hackathon

South by Southwest banner image depicting the date of March 10th to March 19th, 2017.
  • Where: Austin, TX
  • When: March 10th-19th 2017
  • Why: 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.
“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

4. SF MusicTech Summit

San Fransisco Music Tech Summit logo in red and green.
  • Where: San Fransisco, CA
  • When: October 17, 2017
  • Why: Here is a Forbes 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.
“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

5. Music Tech Fest

Global Music Fest rainbow banner image.
  • Where: Berlin, Germany
  • When: May 2017
  • Why: They developed a manifesto for the future of music technology.
“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


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.
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