This was an official Music Hack Day, which means it had 24 hours of creative tinkering and exploration with as much support as possible (in terms of equipment, software, data, and food). Sponsors included global companies such as Spotify, Last.fm, The Echo Nest, Raspberry Pi, EMI, and many others, as well as brilliant locals such as Camel Audio, Artisan Roast, Harviestoun Beer, Blonde, and more.
The turnout, participation, and outcome of the whole event was amazing. We started out with a fantastic opening with Matthew Herbert, FOUND, Marco Donnarumma, Patrick Bergel, and myself giving talks and performances about music and technology. By the end of the 24 hours of hacking there were some truly amazing projects, we couldn’t have asked for more enthusiastic participation. One of my favorite projects was this gorgeous paper digital metronome by Anny Deery…
For my part, I was too involved in the organisation to make much myself, but I did manage to find a few minutes to make a ridiculous synthesizer or two for the amazing Puffersphere…someone took a video, have a look for yourself.
There are a lot of things I like about how Interface Amnesty has been organized…perhaps most importantly I love how they are not concerned with showing off super-cutting-edge technology, but rather are interested in interaction, both in terms of the projects on show and interacting with the artists who create them. From their blog:
We arent showing the cutting edge; its not about who is best its that you want to do it in the first place. There are no new things here you cant see on a google search without much effort; the amnesty is a way to see it first hand, face to face and hands on.
This event is not just about the audience; make no mistake the guests showing off their gadgets will get the most of this; but through their mutual excitement we want to get you infected with the DIY bug and join in.
Not a hackspace, not an exhibition, not ‘the latest thing’, not a gig: the ‘amnesty’ is that the pressure is off, for one day we can just look at and have a go on and reflect on ways to interface with strange electric music.
Pretty brilliant. I’ve made a brand-new batch of Jam Jar Gelkies that I’ll be showing off, and of course I’ll have a bunch of Wii remotes and an iPhone or two as well. I’ll be there all day, and I’m going to give a talk/demonstration of my work at 4pm. There’s a pretty awesome concert happening right afterwards too.
So if you’re in Liverpool, come on down to Static tomorrow starting around 1pm and come say hello! To finish, here are some photos of the birth of the latest batch of Gelkies:
I’ve been hard at work building a bunch of Jam Jar Gelkies to bring to the Maker Faire in San Francisco this week. Here are four of them in action! Aren’t they cute?
In case you didn’t see my previous post about the Jam Jars, they are light dependent synthesizers housed inside glass jars. They are loads of fun to play, and if you’re at the Maker Faire you can play with them yourself!
The Amazing Rolo is Yann Seznec, an artist, sound designer, musician, and entrepreneur in Edinburgh, Scotland. He specializes in making fun and intriguing musical instruments, software, and installations. He is founder of creative studio Lucky Frame , releases music with The Seznec Bros and is currently on tour with Matthew Herbert's One Pig Live.