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Backstage Blog November 11th, 2011 Events Hacks Music Hack Day Boston 2011 By Chris Caselas

Last weekend was another successful Music Hack Day Boston jam-packed with cool hacks, and hackers alike. We are always excited to get involved, meet new and interesting people, and of course hack!

MHD Boston 2011 // Photo by Thomas Bonte Photo by Thomas Bonte, see more here!

For those who do not know of Music Hack Day, it's a great weekend-long event aimed at music and sound hackers. Anyone can attend the event for free, and their goal is to conceptualize and develop innovative hacks of either software or hardware. Below are just a few of the cool hacks that were demoed last weekend.


  • SoundCloud for Rapportive: A plugin for Rapportive that finds out what your contacts have streaming on Soundcloud, and displays this info while browsing your e-mail, with the ability to play tracks right in your gmail. Currently in development.
  • RECordinates: Listen to sounds from around the world, and add your own directly to the map. Streaming, authentication, recording, and uploading is all handled by our new JS SDK. Lots more for this app coming soon, via yours truly. Check it out in its early stages here!
  • Mustachiness: A visualization hack just in time for Movember. Using the waveform of a track, this hack creates a mustache based off of several factors specific to each song, such as loudness, hotness, danceability, and more. Check out the mustachiness of your favorite songs!

Those are just a few. You can see all 56 hacks at the Music Hack Day Wiki.

To find out about upcoming events, check and follow @musichackday on Twitter. The next planned Music Hack Day is to be held in London on December 3rd & 4th.