UK’s Music Hackday report

Tinker it now! has a little write-up about the recent Music Hackday in London, hosted by the Guardian:

We had a great time last weekend at Music Hackday hosted by the Guardian as so many events in London in the past months. The idea behind the event was for developers to interact with online music services such as Soundcloud and and build hacks. We tried to make that more physical and for people to interact with those APIs in a physical way somehow.

++ Peter Knight, our Senior Engineer (of Auduino fame) ran a lovely quick intro to Arduino and then it was all about the hacking and I thought I’d report on what people ended up making (among other great projects).

++ Andie Nordgren made a lovely internet of things project where physical objects embedded with RFID tags could trigger your favorite song on SoundCloud.

++ Rain Ashford used the Lilypad Arduino to trigger a cat to sing and display tweets.

++ Finally the winner of the! Hacking Prize was Alistair McDonald and Mr Duck who built a lovely percussion machine.

++ Peter also took the opportunity to launch Cantarino, a speech synth library for the Arduino. Watch it sing Daisy Bell and make your own!

Music Hackday report

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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