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In The Mix Hack Weekend


Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

In The Mix Hack Weekend

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News Flash - Super Furry Animal at MadLab!!

Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals), who will be performing at the Whitworth Art Gallery during the In The Mix social will also be around at MadLab on the first hack day (Saturday)!
Huw has been producing soundscapes for each of the University of Manchester's cultural resources. These recordings are made up of recordings of everyday found sounds within each respective institution. He's happy to talk to people and excited to see what people might do with the data. What a fantastic opportunity! 


Are you In The Mix?

Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes?


Manchester Museums

Manchester has some fantastic museums and galleries; from Manchester Museum to the Whitworth Gallery - but also including the iconic Jodrell Bank and John Rylands Library. The collections are not just about storing historical artefacts; did you know Delia Derbyshire’s archiveis part of the University of Manchester’s collection?)


What is In The Mix Hack Weekend?

In The Mix is a project exploring the auditory layers of Manchester’s galleries - from the content of the collections to the auditory experiences around them, and the intrinsic sounds of items and the spaces themselves. What can we do with these materials when we tie them together with modern technologies and platforms? Can we use this rich mix of materials to create new soundscapes, new ways of experiencing the museums, new ways of visiting and understanding culture through sound?
(Manchester Museums) have already been diving into the collections and mixing things up. The spirit of proto-sound-hacker Delia Derbyshire has been infusing the project with historical sounds of the future.
We want to break this out more, though.
What happens when we make interactive soundscapes, tying in reactive sound with location based and environmental cues? Can we make a score for the Museums which changes based on how people are visiting and experiencing the collections? Can we create web-based audio games and players which tie together visitors from different locations to create an emergent composition broadcast? What does InfiniteGangnamStyle sound like for Jodrell Bank? How can we swingify the mummies?


What are we using?

Come along to the In The Mix weekend. We’ll be hacking on a number of tools Though, of course, you’re welcome to bring your own.


On Friday night from 7pm we’ll be hosting a social, introducing participants to each other through the medium of liquids and finding partners who may want to work with each other, as well as looking at what the museum has to offer and some interesting work in this space.
We’ll be running tutorial sessions and workshops with some of these toolkits on Saturday morning from 10, and we’ll have mini unconference happening throughout the rest of the day if you’re looking to pick up skills and ideas from other people.
On Sunday is a chance to finish off your hacks to submit for the awards, which will be awarded by popular vote on Sunday afternoon. 
If you've read this far, you'll be happy to hear we'll have food, drinks and engineering lubricants available throughout the weekend. Yes, you deserve it.
Have questions about In The Mix Hack Weekend? Contact MadLab

When & Where

36-40 Edge Street
M4 1HN

Friday, June 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.


We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.


Our courses are learning for doers. Every one of our courses, whether it's electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic. Bring your curiosity and a little bit of imagination, and we'll amaze you with what you can do!


Our main base of operations is a three-storey, 3000 square foot Industrial Revolution-era former weavers’ cottage centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We are less than ten minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations, and just two minutes walk from the Arndale Shopping Centre. For directions, please see our website:

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