Since 2013 I run Music Hackspace, a London platform for experimenting and interacting with sound and technology. We incorporate diverse methodologies and aim to create an open playground and exchange of ideas and sounds that embraces new and old technologies. Newly available open source platforms, both hardware and software, are granting far wider accessibility to new interactions with music and audio than has not been possible before. It’s with these technologies that we base our programme of workshops, artist talks and meetups, and hope to encourage people of all backgrounds and skill levels to create and engage with music in previously unrealised ways.
The aim of the programme is to help participants learn new skills and provide a platform for artists and professionals to share their work within the music, music tech and sonic art fields. Its community embodies the “maker movement” nurturing a strong DIY ethos. Music Hackspace aims to create opportunities for passionate people who want to make an impact in music with their particular set of skills and to provide a space and context where people can get inspired, share and promote their work. Programmed events and regular activities foster innovation by gathering skilled professionals and facilitating exchanges between disciplines, from software development to music/sound art installations and production.
Music Hackspace is a Somerset House Studios Resident and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.