9-10 November - Abbey Road Studios, Studio TwoThe 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 RoadStudio 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 RedInspired 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 2018
Hackathon News11th Nov 2019
Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019 - ‘The Power of Immersion' - Winners Announced!As we wind down after the excitement of night hacking in Studio Two culminated by Chagall's first time performance with #LISAimmersive, we are once again congratulating all the winners from the #AbbeyRoadRed Hackathon 2019Read more23rd Sep 2019
Announcing The Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019 - The Power of ImmersionAnnouncing The Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019: The Power of Immersion. Come and join us in Studio Two, where the biggest innovations in recording technology took place, to explore AR and VR platforms such as Facebook Spark, 3D visualisation, game engines and experiment with spatial audio and new tools of multidimensional expression. Read more18th Jan 2019
Helen Sartory's hot takes from Abbey Road’s first HackathonHelen Sartory is an artist-producer and emerging technologies advisor currently involved in a range of projects across startup incubation, music technology and immersive performance. She recently joined the team at Abbey Road Red to help produce their first Hackathon. Read about her experiences from the 36 hour tech-fest.Read more11th Jan 2019
'Sister Moon' live at Abbey Road Red's HackathonMartine-Nicole Rojina, trans-disciplinary artist in residence at the Dwingeloo Radio Observatory was part of our Abbey Road Red Hackathon. She shares her story of Sister Moon live at Abbey Road and how she bounced around 50 visionaries from the surface of the moon from the isolation booth of Abbey Road's Studio One.Read more19th Dec 2018
The First Abbey Road Hackathon: A Story of InspirationEnjoy the best moments of our inaugural Hackathon showing some of the most unexpected collaborations and innovative performances, beautifully accompanied by PREM’s composition '2030'.Read more9th Dec 2018
Art of the Beautiful Accidents-How to Embrace FailureAgile, minimum viable product, Kanban, majority of Red friends, mainly from a high-tech world, would instantly relate those terms to software development.Read more
Abbey Road Hackathon House Rules10am 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.
Any questions about this year's Hack? Contact us below!
Abbey Road Studios
3 Abbey RoadPlease 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.