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Interactive AR music-player wins Abbey Road Red’s 2019 hackathon


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17 teams of developers are getting well-earned rests today after taking part in the Abbey Road Red hackathon at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios over the weekend. The focus was ‘The Power of Immersion’ with augmented-reality technology to the fore, courtesy of strategic partner Facebook – with its Spark AR tools.

Top prize in the hackathon (the studio’s second) went to a team called Pocket Venue, which created an interactive AR music-player (you can see part of their demo here). Other prizes went to hacks including Cros Crowd Singer FB Filter, an app to control sound through facial expressions; Hear The World, a system that translates ‘known objects’ into sound textures for visually-impaired people; Alive “navigates human reality through functional music”; Beat Buddies AR is a collaborative music game; and Abbey Road In A Box is a spatial recreation of Studio Two at Abbey Road, with the ability to pre-produce a stem from a previously-recorded track.

“With the rise of virtual and augmented musical experiences, we challenged the room to push the boundaries of immersion, to spatialise audio and augment musical performances,” said Dominika Dronska, head of digital at the studios.

Stuart Dredge

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