The SXSW Music Hackathon Championship was back for its second year. This time several artists teamed up with the hackers to collaborate on projects. The artists included Win Butler, Neon Hitch, and Robert DeLong. Here are the projects that used the Rdio API:
Use a Microsoft Kinect to get the crowd feedback. This hack used the motion detected by the Kinect to compute the level of crowd excitement. The excitement level is then fed into MusicGraph to generate a playlist that plays via Rdio. Winner, best use of the Rdio API.
Discover local music. Uses geolocation to figure out where you are and queries The Echo Nest for a list of local artists. Also uses the Rdio API to play tracks for that artist. Winner, second best use of the Rdio API.
iOS application that queries recently played music from your Last.fm account and lets you listen to it via Rdio. You can share the track with a friend by displaying a QR code on your Apple Watch. Your friend can scan the QR code and listen from their iPhone. Winner, SXSW Music Hackathon.
We The DJ
Helps you plan and play the music for your next party. When you create a party and invite your friends, they’ll receive an invitation to add music to the party’s playlist. During the party, you can use the Microsoft Kinect to control playback.
Helps you plan the playlist for your next run. During your run it uses the Microsoft Band to figure out your cadence. Post run, it queries MusicGraph to find songs that match that cadence. An Rdio playlist is created from the MusicGraph data to listen to on your next run.
Also checkout Billboard’s recap of the hack day.