A Hack Day for Classical Music

Classical Music + Technology = Future

What happens when musicians and software developers try to move the boundaries of what is doable and create breakthrough technologies? At the Karajan-Institute, we believe that such a goal can only be reached when lots of brilliant minds work together. This is why we have started the Classical Music Hack Day series four years ago: to build a network of researchers, data scientists and musicologists, who are all interested in linking technology and creativity.

Today we are proud to partner with the Salzburg Univerity of Applied Sciences and the Mozarteum University to bring the 4th Classical Music Hack Day to Salzburg. The Hack Day is a separate event that will take place April 8 – 9 at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit the event website at:

Classical Music Hack Day Website


Q: What is hacking?

A: Here is what the “Internet User’s Glossary” (RFC 1392) from 1993 has to say:

      A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the
      internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in
      particular.  The term is often misused in a pejorative context,
      where "cracker" would be the correct term.  See also: cracker.


Q: Can I attend the Classical Music Hackathon?

A: Of course! Visitors can register for the presentation of hacks. If you are a musician, developer or scientist and would like to hack, register here.

Fretello: Practicing Guitar in the Digital Age

We are very proud to welcome a new Austrian startup to Karajan Music Tech! Fretello launched September 2016 and has since been featured both by Apple and Google.

With Fretello, students can learn guitar faster and more effectively. Based on musicological evidence and a well-proven didactic concept, Fretello creates practice routines that are tailored to students’ individual needs. The app listens to their practise sessions and adapts to students’ progress.

Come find out more about this amazing app in our Innovation Lab!


Welcome HelloStage!

We just confirmed yet another startup for our Innovation Lab: the New York and Vienna based Hello Stage. Welcome!

Founded by Bernhard Kerres in 2014, Hello Stage quickly became one of the major platforms for young classical artists. Today they have a few thousand members and provide audiences and musicians alike with fresh classical music.

To find out more about the companies that are featured in our Innovation Lab click here.

Join us for the Karajan Music Tech Conference


Music and Healthcare: The Sync Project from Boston

It is widely known that Herbert von Karajan was involved in various music technology innovations, most notably in the development of the Compact Disc (CD). But few people know that he also had a deep interest in the effects of music on the human psyche and body.

To better understand how musical performances move human beings is perhaps the most fundamental question that any professional musician could ask. Herbert von Karajan, as was so often the case with him, went one step further and established a research institute for experimental music psychology at the University of Salzburg in 1968 to investigate this topic from a scientific perspective. In doing so, he helped propel a new kind of research, one that is focused on the intersection of neurology, medicine and music.

Today, there are quite a few start-ups who are applying this knowledge to innovative products and services.

One of these  young companies is “The Sync Project” from Boston. Co-founded by MIT Director’s Fellow Marko Ahtisaari, the company is building a system for music as a precision medicine.

We are very excited that Marko will join us for a panel discussion. You will also be able to experience The Sync Project in our Innovation Lab.


Music Cognition and Big Data

The Topic

Recent developments in technology allow in-depth analysis of all available music recordings. The study of such a large body of data brings us one step closer to understanding one of the most complex human achievements: Music. Why do we make music, how did it evolve over time and how does musical taste work?

As we consume music in the age of technology, we not only receive data in form of recordings, but also create data when we listen to music. Algorithms of online music services analyze what, when and how we listen. They predict what we seem to like, and what we don’t.

This panel discusses the areas in which big data and music intersect with a focus on applications in health, life-sciences and education.

The Panelists

Registration Now Open

We are excited to announce that starting today you can register for the one-day conference at the Easter Festival in Salzburg!

To register for the Karajan Music Tech Conference, click here.