24 Hours of Deep Listening
HacXathon

30 September - 02 October

The record label Consouling Sounds sets a challenge:

"How can we make stunning new XR experiences to discover and experience music?"

 

With a community encompassing the globe, Consouling Sounds wants to experiment with the presentation of music online. If we can design immersive digital experiences we can bring people together around music, wherever they live, wherever they are. 

 

Slowly but surely Consouling wants to build an online universe bringing like minded music lovers together,  and so we are on a quest for inspiration!

 

Consouling teams up with XRT, the Extended Reality Technology specialist platform in our hometown Ghent, Belgium. Together we organize a 24 hour hackathon - pardon, ‘HacXathon’ with the X of XRT :) during the Consouling festival ‘24 Hours of Deep Listening in Ghent’.

 

The challenge is to design an immersive application inspired by music connected to the label.

All participants or ‘HacXatheers’ will be provided with a work station, food,

drink and access to the festival on Oct. 1 & 2. 

 

Consouling Sounds is excited to get to know you and your vision.

We are ready to feed you with music and we welcome all your out of this world ideas.

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We are inviting all the innovators, developers, engineers, designers and musicians to participate and show us how you would solve our challenges.

TICKETS:

€21 - Students / Youth

€41 - 30+

€10 - Uitpas

This ticket grants you access to the entire 24 Hours of Deep Listening festival, several panel talks, a networking moment with people from the "immersive" industry, inspiration talks, several workshops organized by XRT leading up to the HacXathon, food and drinks and a goodie bag.

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Immersive Music Experience
Challenge

The 3 cornerstones of this Hacxathon:

 

1. Feel at home

After months of staying home, the concept of ‘home’ has been changed forever. Still, the home is where the heart is. Luckily, you can make every place a home, even non physical spaces. This is challenge number one.

 

Prompts:

“How can you translate the store, the atmosphere and the love of Consouling into something that is not just physical?”

 

“What makes an experience feel like home?”

 

“How do you shape nostalgia for a physical place in a virtual world?”
 

2. Discover new music virtually

We’re entering a new era where we are bombarded with everything all of the time. How can you filter out what you want or like from all the overload of new information? Can a virtual world offer the same or even a better selection to discover new music that is suited to you personally? This is challenge number two.

 

Prompts:

“What is the virtual version of a vinyl record box in a recordstore?”

 

“How can you extend the concept of a radio station or music playlist in a virtual environment?”

3. Connect the physical with the digital music experience

We’ve all seen many many livestreams over the course of the last months. They’re great, but they’re far from perfect. A live concert experience is still something very physical, which can’t be translated into a simple livestream. A virtual world might bring the perfect solution. This is challenge number three. 

 

Prompts:

“How do you translate the physical concert and music experience into virtual experience and vice versa?”

 

“What is a virtual version of a moshpit?”

 

“How do you crowdsurf in a virtual environment?”

 

“How do you translate the feeling of music going through your body, without a body?”


 

We encourage you to challenge yourself and reinvent the way and approach of making music. Think outside the box, use your wildest imagination. Draw influence and inspiration from EVERYTHING. These prompts are here to help you, but please use your own expertise and dream big! We are very excited for all the new ideas that will flow through your minds. Connect all those ideas, opinions and crazy theories with each other and show us what you can accomplish at the end of the 24 Hours of Deep Listening.

/ Thursday Sept. 30

Introduction day

18u - Welcome talk (mandatory)
19u - Inspiration session
20u - HacXathon kick-off

/ Friday

Oct. 1

Production day

10u - Breakfast
12u - Lunch
15u - Panel talk Immersive Audio

16u - Network moment

/ Saturday Oct. 2

Presentation day

10u - Breakfast
12u - Lunch
14u - HacXathon presentation
20u - Announcement winner

Prize
24 Hours of Deep Listening

HacXathon

The chosen winners of the HacXathon will each receive a set of custom made music earplugs thanks to GOED Thuiszorgwinkel!

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Jury

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Nele Buys

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CEO & Founder of Consouling Sounds

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Valery Vermeulen

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Music producer, new media artist and mathematician

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Sarah Mayer

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AR fashion designer and singer

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Gregg Young

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Researcher and innovation lead VRT Sandbox

Mentors

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Emmy Castelain

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    Worked for movie companies as a generalist artist for the last ten years. She has developed a multiplayer game for the Gentse Feesten and worlds for VRchat in her free time. Emmy brings a variety of skill sets to the table but the main ingredient is always a good idea.

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    Pamela Varela

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      A tECkhnO* feminist artivist, dancer, performer, researcher, writer, raver, technician, latinx. She addresses the oppression of the body-mind-spirit. Using an interdisciplinary & intermedia approach, diverse elements converge in their creation: from the body to its relation with physical/virtual/spiritual surroundings, matter and entities, to poetic forms of movement, language, sexuality and mysticism—all enhanced by the chameleonic capabilities of technology, who is both medium and subject of criticism.

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      Ines Delgado

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        A tECkhnO healer, artist, researcher, and listener from Spanish and Indonesian soil. A deep exploration in her work is the intersection between technology, spirituality and deep listening, where she travels into the physical, virtual and mystical realms of existence. Her work centers on remembering and transforming ways of communication, by channeling ancestry towards creating collective-individual offerings where an intermediary space can be formed as a new portal for interbeing gatherings.

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        Rien Coorevits

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        An analog visual jockey. He works with old broadcasting equipment, glitch machines, analog video synthesizers and anything with buttons and faders. He is like a child in a bookstore, an astronaut who parks his spaceships in his own garage. He has delved deep into the signal flow rabbit hole and came back triumphant.

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        Haryo Sukmawanto

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        A visual artist and photographer based in Ronse, Belgium.After studying photography, he has since shifted towards a more multimedial technological approach where he examines the digital image, down to its core as an array of ones and zeros, and its impact on perception, experience and memory. Since 2020 he is part of the team at CREW, creating and researching large scale immersive experiences in VR.

        Participants

        APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

        We are inviting all the innovators, developers, engineers, designers and musicians to participate and show us how you would solve our challenges.

        TICKETS:

        €21 - Students / Youth

        €41 - 30+

        €10 - Uitpas

        This ticket grants you access to the entire 24 Hours of Deep Listening festival, several panel talks, a networking moment with people from the "immersive" industry, several workshops organized by XRT leading up to the HacXathon, food and drinks and a goodie bag.

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        Joren Vandenbroucke

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        Siebe Goeteyn

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        Sander Mangelschots

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        Greg Scheirlinckx

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        Eline

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        Jens De Meyer

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        Sarah De Mulder

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        Bras Lareu

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        Bavo Van Kerrebroeck

        Frequently Asked Questions

        What is a HacXathon?


        A HacXathon is a spin on the word Hackathon; a sprint-like event where participants team up for a certain amount of time and create solutions to real-life challenges in an intense period of time. Using creativity, technology and mentoring, a hackathon results in prototypes, fresh new concepts and innovative usages of tech.




        Can I participate?


        We welcome people of all kinds. The focus of this year's editions of the 24 Hours of Deep Listening festival is neurodiversity. We realize that not everyone has the same kinds of privileges. We therefore especially encourage people from communities that are often overlooked in our society to join in the HacXathon. Diverse groups often work incredibly well together to produce the best results. You must be at least 18 years old.




        Is the venue wheelchair accessible?


        No, unfortunately this year both our venues are not wheelchair accessible. We are looking into different venues for the upcoming years, so we can make the 24 Hours of Deep Listening more accessible for everyone.




        Do I need a group or can I join the HacXathon alone?


        We will put together the teams, which will be around 3-4 people per team. However if you have a particular preference of working with a friend or colleague or ... Please let us know in your application, so we can team you peeps up!




        Where is the HacXathon?


        The HacXathon will take place at Tinnenpot, Tinnenpotstraat 21, Gent. The rest of the 24 Hours of Deep Listening festival is spread over Tinnenpot, Lakenmetershuis and of course in the Consouling Store. Everything is in the centre of Gent, within walking distance of each other.




        What happens when I apply?


        You will have to fill out this application form. When the application is done, you get a confirmation email. Once we've confirmed your application, you will get a ticket link. Once you've paid your ticket, you are officially part of the HacXathon! Congratulations!




        What’s in it for me?


        This ticket grants you access to the entire 24 Hours of Deep Listening festival, several panel talks, a networking moment with people from the "immersive" industry, inspiration talks, several workshops organized by XRT leading up to the HacXathon, food and drinks and a goodie bag. Besides that, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people and broaden your own horizons!




        Is there support available?


        There will be different sessions with your mentors to ask questions. Lucas and his XRT-team will be there for technical support, Ann-Sophie will be there for support regarding production.




        Do all team members need to be present in person?


        Yes, but if you can’t stay for the whole festival, let us know. We will find a solution!




        Who is keeping the intellectual property?


        You.




        How about the accomodation?


        We will provide a nice and cozy place to sleep and shower, but if you want to sleep in your own bed, you can definitely go home for the night.




        Is there a Code of Conduct?


        Don’t be an asshole. <3





        Contact Us

        Baudelostraat 11
        9000 Gent

        Open Daily from 11h — 19h


        Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

        ann-sophie@consouling.be

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