Hi, I'm Ed Hickey. As you'll discover below, I'm passionate about music, software development and many of the ways the two intersect.
My interests have taken me to professional recording studios, to basement project spaces, to web startups and, currently,
to one of the world's largest technology companies.
I've tried to distill this varied career and set of interests within this website.
If anything here interests you, feel free to reach out.
HTML5 Web Audio API sequencerOne of the modules I've lusted over since I began building my modular synth is Intellijel's Metropolis. It's a music sequencer inspired by a classic made for the Roland System 100m. I've yet to obtain Intellijel's, but since I was looking for inspiration on my next project, I decided to try building it using the Web Audio API.
The UI is basic, but the functionality is approaching the core of this amazing hardware sequencer. More to come here... Demo
Control Google's Play Music website from within Vim
As you might imagine, I listen to music when I code. One of the major annoyances is to have to switch context when needing to interact with the music (pause, skip, rewind). To stay in the zone and still have complete control over listening to music, I brought the control into my text editor of choice, Vim.It's installed as a Chrome plugin which uses the Native Messaging protocol.
Playlist creation based on music metadata
I've had little luck with playlist generation tools which only require overly-general inputs like genre or decade. I'm more interested in the details, e.g. generate a playlist that starts at 100 BPM and climbs to 150 BPM over the course of 90 minutes and includes music with high energy level and preferrably in a minor key. Mr. Eko lets you do that.I leverage the Echonest API to obtain the music metadata and some simple cost analysis (plus some SQL for good measure) to generate the best playlist.
Graphical Playlist Generator
A spin on Mr. Eko that uses your local iTunes Echonest to create highly customizable playlists. It was born at Music Hack Day SF 2012 in order to surface the concepts within Mr. Eko in a more user-friendly fashion. My goal is to someday integrate this project with Mr. Eko to provide both in-depth playlist creation as well as user-friendliness.
Bringing the Album Experience to the desktop.
A major drawback to the digital distribution channel most consumers use for music is the lack of rich information that was once provided via album packaging. This project's goal was an leverage music APIs in an attempt to recreate some of that experience.Liner Notes integrates with iTunes to display album artwork, engineer/performance credits and lyrics current traack. It's my hope that this will help revitalize the digital listening experience by bringing the data lost with digital distribution back to the fore.
Needle-dropping record shopping online.
One of the best things the web brings to the world of music is sheer availability. Almost every song is online in some form. Tomahawk is an app which leverages this by "resolving" your music queries by searching myriad online sources (e.g. YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud).My app allows you to provide a list of RSS feeds from your favorite record review site, music blog or label and have Tomahawk resolve the songs in order to provide audio samples of all the releases. An experience akin to needle-dropping a stack of records from your favorite record store.
This compilation was the result of our second collaboration with Crunch. Some of the other names on the release (Funckarma, Logreybeam & Tipper) were (and still are) some of our most respected electronic musicians.
The track is sample-heavy and has a strong dose of funk which was a nice departure from our more serious, somber releases. We experimented in this tempo and genre further, but this was the only tune (so far) that has seen a release.Get a high-res copy here from Bandcamp for free!.
Ultra Love Ninja
LA vs. NY
When writing the song, I never imagined it'd be on TV - much less on a Hummer commercial - but in the end I think the song fit the spot well.A version of this song, "Dementia", will be released on 12" vinyl in 2014 on Touchin' Bass records, Andrea Parker's record label.
Like the Hummer comercial, this song was on a demo CD that Ogilvy heard and liked. It took some serious editing and a touch of FX to fit the TV spot but in the end I feel it worked.Fun fact: we actually started this song with the intent of submitting it for a "Red Pill" remix competition. Therefore, it has several Matrix dialog samples in it that you can't hear in the commercial.
After obtaining my degree at FullSail, I worked with several recording studios; primarily Black Lodge and Neighborhood Studios. Most of my mastering work is done at my home studio where I can spend more time digging into specific sonic issues in a room I know well. I've worked on every stage of the recording process: tracking, mixing and mastering. Through the unique requirements and restraints of the various genres I've worked with, I've learned much about music. I feel lucky to have been able to have so many different types of engineering experiences as it's made me a much more versatile and creative engineer.Me on Discogs.com
Tracking, Mixing & Additional Production