Love, Music & APIs

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Monday 14th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

In the old days it was DJs, A&R folks, labels and record store owners that were the gatekeepers to music. Today, we are seeing a new music gatekeeper emerge... the developer. Using open APIs, developers are creating new apps that change how people explore, discover, create and interact with music. But developers can't do it alone. They need data like gig listings, lyrics, recommendation tools and, of course, music! And they need it from reliable, structured and legitimate sources.

In this presentation we'll discuss and explore what is happening right now in the thriving music developer ecosystem. We'll describe some of the novel APIs that are making this happen and what sort of building blocks are being put into place from a variety of different sources. We'll demonstrate how companies within this ecosystem are working closely together in a spirit of co-operation. Each providing their own pieces to an expanding pool of resources from which developers can play, develop and create new music apps across different mediums - web, mobile, software and hardware. We'll highlight some of the next-generation of music apps that are being created in this thriving ecosystem.

Finally we'll take a look at how music developers are coming together at events like Music Hack Day, where participants have just 24 hours to build the next generation of music apps. Someone once said, "APIs are the sex organs of software. Data is the DNA." If this is true, then Music Hack Days are orgies.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Matthew Ogle

Music / technology / product. Ex-Last.fm, Echo Nest, now working on This Is My Jam.

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Dave Haynes

Investing in startups @Seedcamp. Previously @Makeshift @SoundCloud. Music Hack Day. Dad. bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Mon 14th March 2011


Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

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