Hackoustic is a hacking group dedicated to exploring acoustics and instrument building. We run a host of different types of events related to acoustic hacking, including festivals, workshops and talks. We also appear as part of  larger events and venues such as the Tate Modern, the V&A, Cafe Oto, the Elephant and Castle Maker Faire among others. Our goal is to provide a platform for sonic-hackers of all kinds, from musical instrument builders to sound-artists to present their work to the general public, as well as providing workshops and other educational opportunities for people who are interested in learning more. We aim to provide a place for anyone interested in this area, from newbie hobbyist to seasoned professional, to meet, collaborate and share their work with each other and the wider public.

The following video was made at our Summer Festival in 2016 and explains a little more of what we’re about:


Our group welcomes anyone, from any background, and with any level of experience. If you have an idea for a brand new instrument, but don’t know where to start, you may find the ideal person to point you in the right direction. Or perhaps you’ve built an instrument, but want to figure out how to make it make more interesting music with it. Perhaps you’ve created an amazing sonic contraption and are looking for somewhere to present it and test it out on others. We aim to cater for any and all of these things, so don’t be shy, get in touch and let us know what you’re up to!

Hackoustic was founded by Tim Yates and Saif Bunni and is now run by Tim Yates and Tom Fox.