Music Hack Day Scotland


click to go to the Music Hackday Scotland websiteOrganisers of Music Hack Day Scotland are preparing for Scotland’s first dedicated music “hack” event in Edinburgh on August 24th/25th – a chance for developers, designers, musicians and experimental tinkerers to come together to build innovative music projects in just 24 hours.

To launch the event, esteemed artists and pioneers of music innovation – such as creative director of the New Radiophonic Workshop Matthew Herbert, Scottish band FOUND, digital music service Spotify and local musicians Marco Donnarumma and Yann Seznec – will be presenting some of their latest projects at Fringe venue Summerhall.

The 24-hour hack is then being hosted at Techcube, a brand new tech start-up incubation centre, during which participants come together to build music projects, using whatever data, technology and skills they have to hand. Some of this data includes musical archive footage from National Museum Scotland, gig and band information from concert website Songkick and music available on services like Soundcloud and This Is My Jam. Participants may choose to make apps, web services, hardware, art, instruments or just plain music – it’s wide open, provided it’s music-related. Then everyone gets a chance to present their projects the following day, with prizes, from the likes of Spotify, going to the most inventive and creative.

“The continued success of the Music Industry in Scotland depends on harnessing new opportunities that technology offer, so bringing together creative forces from the music and technology world is vital and this is why the SMIA are helping to organise Scotland’s first Music Hack. We hope the weekend will provide a creative space so that coders and musicians, label owners and digital designers can dream up the future of music.” Stuart Thomas, Scottish Music Industry Association.

Jim Wolff, co-founder of Leith Records, and Organiser said: ‘There’s so much great stuff going on in both Scotland’s music and our technology and media industry. This event brings all this energy, talent and ideas into an intense melting pot of activity – only good can come out of it.’

The event will also form part of the Turing Festival, Scotland’s foremost technology and innovation conference, which takes place over the same weekend, and will take part during Edinburgh Fringe.

In keeping with ethos of music hack days the event is an open free of charge forum for willing to come along and contribute their time and their efforts.


Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert –

Marco Donnarumma –

Yann Seznec –


Launch Party: These are open to anyone, including those not attending the full 24hr hack. Tickets available for free from Summerhall venue and

24hr Hack : Available for free at

Show & Tell : Available for free for anyone wanting to see the project demos at


Music Hack Days have happened in cities all over the world including London, Boston and Barcelona at this year’s Sonar Festival, but this is the first organised in Scotland. Some weird and wonderful projects have come out of them – some of them living the length of the weekend, some going on to become businesses in their own right. More information is here:


Music Hack Day Scotland is not for profit, and is being organized by Jim Wolff (Leith Records), Stuart Thomas (SMIA) and Yann Seznec (Lucky Frame).

Scottish Music Industry Association:

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) ( is a industry-led representative body for companies and individuals working in any area of the music industry and across all musical styles and genres. The Scottish Music Industry Association exists to unite Scotland’s music industry and see it recognised as one of the most vibrant, influential and respected in the world.

Lucky Frame:

Lucky Frame is an Edinburgh-based creative studio that makes games, software, performance systems, and interfaces that find new ways to interact with audiences – encouraging creativity, innovation, and fun. Founded in 2008 by Yann Seznec, Lucky Frame has received awards and support from the University of Edinburgh, NESTA, the British Council, Creative Scotland, and Channel 4. Their work includes iPhone apps, desktop computer software, games, and performance systems, all of which aim to find new ways to encourage creativity through technology. Recent projects include working closely with Love Music Festival to design, develop, and deliver a set of accessible music creation software to schools across Scotland, developing innovative music games for iPhone such as Pugs Luv Beats and Bad Hotel, and building an interactive musical pig sty for Matthew Herbert’s One Pig Live world tour.

Leith Records:

Leith Records is a side-project of The Leith Agency, providing a stage for new music and home-grown artists across Scotland. In just over a year, more than 100 bands have been featured. The agency, best known for its iconic advertising work for IRN-BRU and Grolsch, has turned its experience and creativity to supporting new musical talent, putting on live shows around Scotland, running competitions to play in major events like the Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and offering bands artwork and marketing expertise.

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