Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019: The Power of Immersion

Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019: The Power of Immersion


9-10 November - Abbey Road Studios, Studio Two

The Power of Immersion - an exploration of augmented and immersive technologies and spatial computing.

Come and join a studio full of developers, designers, artists and music producers playing with Facebook SPARK, 3D, game engines and light hacking, experimenting with spatial audio and using the iconic gear and features of Studio Two to push the boundaries of immersion and give artists new tools of multidimensional expression.

Applications for the Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019 are now closed.

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From Mono to Spatial Audio at Abbey Road

Studio Two, the room with the most recognisable sound in the world, has seen the biggest milestones in the recording industry: from the first ever stereo recording in 1935 to the pioneering quadrophonic recording of The Dark Side of The Moon. Continuing the legacy of immersive innovation The Abbey Road Spatial Audio Forum was set up in 2017, to find new creative approaches within three-dimensional sound. We aim to ensure that musicians and engineers know how best to approach recording and mixing for 3D and, by sharing the results of our investigations, we hope to inspire the creation of next generation immersive spatial music. At the Abbey Road Hackathon we will be showcasing our experiments and opening up our demos to participants and artists in the room.


Part of Abbey Road Red

Inspired by the original in-house audio R&D team called Record Engineering Development Department of the 1950s to 1970s, Abbey Road Red was set up in 2015 to build relationships with those innovating around music and emerging technologies.

Abbey Road Red is Europe’s first ever incubation programme for audio tech start-ups, spanning the gamut of technologies from audio signal processing to machine learning, adaptive and generative composition, lyric visualisation, 3D playback and spatial projection.

Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019


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Abbey Road Hackathon House Rules

10am November 9th - 4pm November 10th 2019 Deadline for applications is 10th October 2019

To participate you need to be 18 years old or older and apply via Abbey Road form here. Shoudl you be accepted we will notify you by email after 10th of October and ask you to sign competition T&C's. You need to be able to fund your travel to the hackathon.

This is in person hackathon, where you will be invited to use partners' tech environments and compete in their challenges to win prizes. We welcome you to work through the night (please bring sleeping bag to have a little nap) and we will provide food and beverage.

We're committed to running an accessible, inclusive and safe hackathon for everyone — to do so we are working with one of our sponsors Pusher to provide an inclusion programme. More details.


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Please note that Abbey Road is a working studio and business and as such, is not open to the general public for visits or tours. For information on vacancies and internships in the UK, please visit the Universal Music website.