Abbey Road Red Hackathon 9-10 November 2019


The Power of Immersion 

In the same studio which witnessed the biggest innovations in recording technology we will be working non stop for 36 hours toplaying with Facebook SPARK, 3D, game engines, light hacking, spatial audio to push the boundaries of immersion and give artists new tools of multidimensional expression.

From Mono to Spatial Audio at Abbey Road

Studio Two, the room with the most recognisable sound in the world, 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. Now, at the Abbey Road Hackathon we will be showcasing our experiments and opening up our demos to participants and artists in the room.

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.

Application Process

Please apply by 10th October to be considered for the Abbey Road Red Hackathon 2019.

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Partcipants need to be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • apply via Abbey Road form here
  • be accepted and sign T&C's presented upon acceptation
  • fund their travel to the hackathon.

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 including travel grants for under represented groups. More details here.

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£12,600 in prizes

First Prize - Spark AR from Facebook Prize

5 Oculus Quest devices 64GB for the winning team plus exclusive invite to the next Facebook Spark Hackathon in London

Honorous Mention - Spark AR From Facebook Prize

1 Oculus Quest device 64GB for the winning team

L-ISA Prize for the Best Use of Spatial Audio

1 day of immersive mixing and advanced training in L-ISA studio in Highgate, London
Team VIP entry for any gig at Earth Hackney

L-ISA Second Prize for the Best Use of Spatial Audio

1 day of immersive mixing and advanced training in L-ISA studio in Highgate, London
Team VIP entry for any gig at Earth Hackney

Unity Prize for The Team with the Best Game On

5 x 12 months Unity Pro licenses, valued at $1500 each

Tenzing Prize For The Team With The Best Energy On Stage

Survival pack plus Tenzing Subscription

London Field Brewery Prize For The Most Immersive Experience

A generous supply of beer from London Field Brewery for each team member and London Field Brewery Tour for the whole team

Audio Commons Prize For The Best Use of Audio Commons In Immersive Application

Free recording session in the Media Studios at Queen Mary University of London

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