Learn Web Audio API @MusicTechFest

November 19th, 2014

Packing time for G.Hack team!

Magdalena Chudy, Katja Knecht, Nela Brown and Patrizia Carlota will be travelling to Paris to deliver a workshop at Music Tech Fest. Taking place on the 22nd of November, the workshop has been prepared for participants to learn how to hack a Web Audio API straight through the Google Chrome web browser to make a sound map of Centre Pompidou.

If you are a musician, a geek, or are simply curious to know more REGISTER here

See you there!


G.Hack at SoundSoftware 2014

July 8th, 2014

After returning from Sonar 2014, G.Hack team were invited to do a talk about preparation and delivery of their Sonar 2014 workshop ‘Learn to Hack Web Audio API with G.Hack’ at the SoundSoftware 2014: Third Workshop on Software and Data for Audio and Music Research.

Two types of questions emerged at the end of the talk: the ones about the code stability and the usefulness of Web Audio API and the ones about the ‘women only’ hack workshop. We had time to answer a few of them after the talk and the rest were discussed over a few beers at a local pub :-)

Nela and Katerina presenting at SoundSoftware 2014


G.Hack presents: Hack Workshop & Women Hackers panel at Sonar 2014!

June 2nd, 2014

After noticing the low number of female hackers at Music Hack Days, G.Hack troops Patrizia, Magda, Katerina and Nela decided to put together some fun activities for Sónar+D (Barcelona’s 21st International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art) festival including Learn to Hack Web Audio API with G.Hack workshop (to teach female attendees of some hacking skills and encourage them to participate in future Music Hack Days!) and Women Hackers panel with inspirational women founders, leaders, researchers and advocates of cyberfeminism, hacktivism, open culture and free tech education (more info and photos below!).

Workshop: Learn to Hack Web Audio API with G.Hack

In the workshop, participants will learn about the culture of software and hardware hacking through short demos and examples, before moving on to using Web Audio API straight through their web browser! The Web Audio API is a high-level JavaScript API for processing and synthesizing audio in web applications. It includes capabilities found in modern game audio engines and some mixing, processing and filtering tasks found in modern desktop audio production applications. Participants will use this API to build simple synths and combine them with other musical feature extraction APIs to make some cool hacks! (The workshop is aimed at women beginners with no previous programming experience, though all levels are welcome).

Talk: Women Hackers

Panel speakers:
  • Nela Brown, Chair of G.Hack
  • Alex Haché, member of Dones Tech a group of Social Research dedicated to creating digital content, media production and communication. Haché is doctor of economy, cyberfeminist, hacktivist, developer of technopolitical projects, researcher of ICT for public good.
  • Klau Kinki, part of Pechblenda LAB, an experimental laboratory where learning arises from raw experimentation and the self-formation where free knowledge emerges.
  • Amélie Anglade, member of OpenTechSchool a movement aiming to offer free tech education. Co-founder of Hackership, a full-time 3-month hacker school programme located in Berlin and based on the values of OpenTechSchool. Her work focuses on supporting hackers of all backgrounds to learn and grow, and also she does music information retrieval and recommendation for a living. She presents herself as a music hacker at heart.
ps Amélie is also ex-QML PhD student (C4DM research group) as well as one of the WISE@QMUL founding committee members, so a super woman indeed !!!

Nela Brown, Pechblenda LAB, Amélie Anglade & Alex Haché

G.Hack team brainstorming workshop structure at QMUL :-)

Katerina and Magdalena discussing mathematical models and how best to teach the coding part of the workshop

Patricia asking lots of questions (and keeping us all on the right track!)

Day before the workshop: Patricia, Magdalena and Katerina with G.Hack poster

G.Hack Sonar 2014 Workshop poster

Nela delivering Part 1 of the workshop ...

Magda helping participants resolve 'soundmap' issues :-)

Workshop participants helping each other download all the 'tools'

Nela chairing Women Hackers panel with Alex Haché, Amélie Anglade, Julito and Klau Kinki

Nela, Magdalena and Patricia celebrating the end of a loooooong day at Sonar 2014 with gazpacho soup and sangria (whilst Katerina continues hacking with the rest of QMUL troops at Sonar Music Hack Day :-)

WISE 2013 Awards !

November 15th, 2013

The QMUL team: Prof Ursula Martin, Prof Edmund Robinson, Bertille Calinaud, Katja Knecht (MAT / G.Hack), Ann-Louise Anderson (SEMS / WISE@QMUL), Nela Brown (CogSci / G.Hack) and their guests:  Steven Brown, Prof Caroline Wardle and Dr Rona Ramsey had a wonderful evening last night at the WISE2013 Award Ceremony!

Nela and Ursula (nominees for Leader Award and Lifetime Achievement Award) had the great honour of meeting all the other incredible nominees as well as shake hands and chat with the amazing HRH The Princess Royal (who is a big supporter of WISE!)

They managed to bring one award ‘home’ (Nela got the Highly Commended WISE Leader Award) and are looking forward to more awards being given to QMUL next year, flagging up the good work female students and members of staff are doing with the invaluable support from their departments !

BIG THANK YOU goes out to Bertille Calinaud and Peter McOwan for doing all the nomination paperwork and to Prof Ursula Martin  (an amazing supporter of WISE@QMUL and G.Hack activities from the very beginning), who miraculously managed to raise funds for a QMUL dedicated table ! What a star !

The Highly Commended WISE Leader Award, was given in the recognition of all the amazing things Nela has managed to achieve with G.HackWISE@QMUL and Flossie and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all the ladies who supported Nela over the past 3 years and whose dedication and commitment to these projects greatly contributed to this award !

Until next year !

Left to right: Bertille Calinaud (QMUL Diversity Manager), Katja Knecht (MAT/G.Hack), Nela Brown, (CogSci/G.Hack), Ann-Louise Anderson (SEMS/WISE@QMUL)

G.Hack at CMMR2013 conference 15-18 October 2013, with Light Touch

November 6th, 2013

A few weeks ago G.Hack team Katja Knecht (MAT),  Laurel Pardue (C4DM), Patricia Carlota (Drama) and Nela Brown (CogSci) flew over to Marseille for the CMMR2013 conference to exhibit our interactive installation Light Touch.

Over the past 3 years, G.Hackers have been involved in many public engagement activities, but this one was special for 2 reasons:
  1. For the very first time we conducted a pilot research study around the audience interaction with Light Touch (to inform the next iteration of the installation to be exhibited in 2014)
  2. We secured the funding for ALL FOUR authors of the installation to travel to Marseille, attend the conference talks and concerts and network with the conference attendees !
For Patricia (who recently submitted her MA thesis) this was the first experience of attending an academic conference (and got her thinking about the way forward academically as well as artistically). For the rest of us, it was the first ‘research in the wild’ experience with G.Hack installation at an international conference (and hopefully one of many more to come!)

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the following QMUL / EECS people who helped make it all happen: Mike Watkinson, Lucie Dubinik, Andrew McPherson, Mark Sandler, Richard Kelly, Geetha  Bommireddy, Chris Harte, Henrik Ekeus, Fiore Martin, Ben Bengler, Bogdan Vera, Holger Kirchhoff, Sharon Cording and Laura King.

A SPECIAL MERCI BEAUCOUP goes out to the wonderful CMMR2013 organisers from CNRS-LMA who bent all sorts of  rules to get us all there: Richard Kronland-Martinet, Charles Gondre, Gaëtan Parseihian, Olivier Derrien, Alain Rimeymeille and the many other CNRS-LMA staff who really looked after us during the conference, including the cafeteria ladies who kept us going by giving us free coins to use in the coffee machine (a proper espresso after lunch makes all the difference !)

A SUPER SPECIAL HOLA goes out to the amazing G.Hack troops: Katja, Laurel and Patricia who made this conference ‘road trip’ absolutely unforgettable !

Go G.Hack !!!

G.Hack CMMR2013 team: Katja Knecht, Laurel Pardue, Nela Brown & Patricia Carlota

more photos coming soon …

G.Hack, Campus Party Europe 2013 Community Partner !

August 28th, 2013

The AWESOME Campus Party Europe is coming to London’s O2 from 2-7 September!

Check out the amazing roaster of talks, workshops and hackathons including Women in Tech Panel on Thursday 5 September at 2pm (Archimedes Stage) featuring Anne – Marie Imafidon (founder of Stemettes), Sarah Lamb (founder of Girl Geek Dinners),  Gillian Arnold (Chair of BCS Women), Paula Graham (Director of Fossbox / founder of Flossie), Teresa Schoefield (IEEE/ WiE) and Nela Brown (Chair of G.Hack). Becky Stewart (ex-G.Hack, co-founder of Codasign) and Nela are also doing talks on the Michelangelo Stage the same day (Becky is on at 10am , Nela at 8pm)!

G.Hack is one of the community partners and our members can get discount on tickets by clicking on the banner below.

Happy hacking everyone !!!





A few photos from the event …

Women in Tech panel (Gillian, Nela, Paula, Anne–Marie, Sarah and Teresa) taking questions from the audience !

Nela talking about ZX Spectrum orchestra and other fun stuff :-)

G.Hack at Digital Summer Camp, 12 July 2013

July 12th, 2013
EECS’s participation at Digital Summer Camp last Friday was a real success, despite the super hot weather outside (and even hotter inside !).
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to following EECS SUPERSTARS who made it all possible: Richard, Andrew, Pollie, Ben, Ella, Geetha, Michelle, Ho, Chris, Duncan, Liam, Keir and Adrian. A VERY special HOLA goes out to my fellow G.Hackers Katja, Nicola and Laurel who talked tirelessly about  the tech behind SMLT to hundreds of high school kids who came by on the day!

The last peeps standing (ok sitting/ possibly falling asleep/ enthusiastically cheering) with a well deserved bottle of cold beer !

G.Hack at Mini Maker Faire, 6 July 2013

July 6th, 2013

All makers were invited to come and show their work at the very first Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, 6th of July, at the London College of Communication. It was an exciting, even though really, really hot day out with lots to see and do.

G.Hacker Pollie showed her extremely fun Firefly game and in a brief Lightening Talk we presented G.Hack to all of those seeking refuge in the pleasantly cool auditorium.

Looking forward to more to come!

More about the first Mini Maker Faire:


Katja (and Nela) presenting G.Hack

G.Hack at Teen Tech Awards, 24 June 2013

June 25th, 2013

The Winning Teams of the TeenTech Awards

After having judged the entries in the “Wearable Technology” in the first round of judging to help determine the finalists, G.Hack was invited to help determine the winners in this category at the TeenTech Awards at the Royal Society on 24th of June.

The four finalist teams of the “Wearable Technology” category did an amazing job in presenting to us their ideas and prototypes so that in the end it was a really tough decision to take. The Welland Park Academy from Leicestershire eventually won the race with their “Pressure Boots”, shoes that harness power while you are walking and thus allow charging mobile devices on the go.

Congratulations again to the winners but also to all of the other teams that participated in the Awards. Your ideas and projects have been truly inspiring! Keep it up!

More about the TeenTech Awards at:

TeenTech Awards 2013: The Winners!

Katja discussing the projects with the other two judges of the “Wearable Technology” category, Patrick Bossert (centre) and Dave Deventer (right)

G.Hack at Digital Shoreditch, 20-31 May 2013

May 20th, 2013

G.Hack’s latest installation ‘Light Touch’ (masterminded by the genius of Laurel Pardue with the help of Katja Knecht, Patrizia Carlota and Nela Brown) premiered at Digital Shoreditch on Monday, 20 May 2013. Within days we received invites to exhibit at other locations and lots of positive feedback from adults and children alike, which is just brilliant !!! There are lots of other amazing artists exhibiting as part of ‘Great Digital Exhibition’ (including our Berit Greinke and Nanda Khaorapapong with ’For Two’ by and Pollie Barden with ’Firefly’). So, all together, an AMAZING contribution from the EECS female talent and a great showcase of the quality of work our PhD’s can produce with a bit of money (OK, a lot!), some electrical components, drill bits and soldering irons ! BIG THANKS goes out to the amazing EECS staff who continue to support this home grown hacking project (you know who you are and the chocolates will follow!)

Link to exhibition is here: https://tickets.digitalshoreditch.com/2013/great-digital-exhibition/

It is open to the public every day 10.30-7pm until Friday 31 May, so spread the word and come down with your friends and family to check it all out !

Go G.Hack !

ps more photos and video of the ‘Light Touch’ coming soon !