Hey guys, I'd like to have a fun little hackday in the next few months. Not a huge "stay-awake-for-3-days-and-maybe-win-ten-dollars" marathon, just a fun afternoon where we jam on some code, experiment, learn from each other, and have a good time making cool stuff alongside other smart & creative people. No judging or prizes - this is just for the love of code.
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Love the idea of a hackday! I would really like to spend more time coding with people on fun projects. My passion projects are always pretty self-confined so this would be awesome!
I submitted my thoughts on the poll but wanted to include a specific idea here too..
Sound/Music generation reminded me of an idea I have been kicking around for a while. The vision is a Chromecast app that allows collaborative music composition. Essentially, all of the sound would be output from the TV and clients could connect via Web or Mobile (in standard Chromecast form). Participants would each select a sequenced instrument. One player could use an 808 drum machine while another a synthesizer. Notes wouldn't be played in realtime but instead all sequenced by the individual participants while the broadcast app running on the Chromecast would handle outputting each instrument's notes in time with one another.
There are a number of various open source HTML5 synths and drum machines out there but assembling several that could work simultaneously might be interesting. The tricky part might be that of an intuitive sequencer for a synth where you are not only sequencing the rhythm of your melody but also need to assign notes.
Cool, great ideas Eran!
For inspiration on your music app idea, check out http://labs.dinahmoe.com/plink/#gnvjs. I think it does a great job of finding that middle ground, where it's easy to use but also sounds like real music. It's more of a realtime/flow, as opposed to a sequencer. I've been toying with MIDI.js and thinking about doing a short talk on it. That might start some interesting conversations?
The D3 talk Pedro Diaz did at the Front-End meetup was awesome too, I could see a whole Hackday around that. I guess, of the things people are interested in, it makes more sense to me for Hackday topics to be more "creative/artsy", ie. things we don't usually get to do on the job, and can be done in an afternoon. Like a "Do Art" for programmers.