As a satellite event to DMRN+16, AIM researchers have organised a hackathon around the theme of neural audio synthesis, a growing field which focuses on producing audio with neural networks.

The hackathon is organised by SIGNAS (the Special Interest Group on Neural Audio Synthesis), a group formed in response to the growing contingent of researchers at C4DM interested in topics at the intersection of sound perception, synthesis, and deep learning.

The neural audio synthesis hackathon (NASH) will take place on 18th-19th December, with the winning hacks to be presented at a talk at DMRN+16 on the 21st December. At the time of writing nearly 50 participants have registered, and this number continues to grow as the event approaches. The event aims to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration in neural audio synthesis by encouraging the development of new techniques, tools, and interfaces, with a particular focus on creative musical applications. Projects are particularly encouraged under the following topics:

  • Interfaces and instruments
  • Novel techniques and models
  • Synthesis control
  • Creative applications

More information and registration details can be found on the hackathon website.

In advance of the hackathon, SIGNAS have also organised a neural audio synthesis workshop on 12th December at 4pm UTC, which will feature tutorials from 5 exciting researchers and artists working with deep learning and audio synthesis, including AIM’s own Ilaria Manco. The event is free and will be hosted online, with tickets and details about talks available at this link.