A little over a week ago I arrived at the Linux Audio Conference for the first time in my (albeit fairly short) life as a Linux musician. I got to meet tons of great and really nice people, and I got to learn lots about both free and open software, as well as about making music in general.
Personally, the by far most awesome thing about the conference was meeting everyone. Both people I’ve had contact with over the internet for years and years, and completely new faces I’ve never talked to at all before. It was just great. Add to that the possibility of actually speaking to the people who are creating the software you’re using to make music, and you pretty much have nerd heaven. It was really great, and I can recommend anyone who’s interested in the community to go if they get an opportunity.
Workshops, lectures and more
The conference itself had lots of workshops, lectures and more fun stuff. My personal highlights were the workshops by DrumGizmo and Harry Haaren (OpenAV). Those workshops were really hands on, and I learned lots about software I either use today or aspire to use in the near future. Rui also had a really fun and inspiring workshop, which promised a lot of fixes and features for his Q-applications “soonish”
I think most of the workshops and the lectures will be available as videos soon. I’ll put a link in here as soon as they are. It’ll be really fun to re-watch them!
Other than being an enthusiastic visitor, I also participated in the conference by doing a workshop together with Jörn Nettingsmeier. The workshop was about mixing in ambisonics, and Jörn basically took a song (Fool Me, featuring Glen MacArthur, from my latest EP) and mixed it in ambisonics. The workshop was really cool and I learned a ton from Jörn. Jörn has a way of describing really advanced stuff in a way that’s very understandable and comprehensible.
I think the workshop was recorded, so I’ll put the recording of the workshop on here when/if I find it. I’ll also see if I can get an ambisonics export of the work Jörn did and put here as well, for the odd chance that someone reading this might have access to an ambisonics setup
I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Jörn for doing the workshop, as well as everyone who attended. Thanks!
Concerts and the Linux Sound Night
At the Linux Sound Night, I got to see both AutoStatic/Jeremy and Superdirt² perform – two acts I’ve been wanting to see live ever since I heard about them. Both delivered and were really really great, and I can’t wait to see them again. I know there are a few videos of them performing floating around, and I’ll add those videos to this post as soon as they go public.
There were also a lot of other acts who did well and sounded nice. Props to everyone who performed!
So, what does music life post-LAC hold for me? Well, I have a few things planned and in the works.
A few trailing LAC14 interviews
I did a number of interviews leading up to the conference itself. Now, because I decided to do that fairly close to the actual conference, not all interviewees had time to answer the questions in time for the interview. So, I’ll try and publish the few trailing interviews fairly soon.
More Friday Interviews
First of all, I want to extend a thank you to everyone who came up to me and expressed gratitude towards the Friday Interview series – I really appreciate your encouragement! It was really fun to see and hear that so many people had actually read them all and gotten inspired themselves, and the great feedback was more than I could ever ask for.
As I told most of you, the Friday Interviews will be back, but in a slightly different format, and not until in a couple of months. I have another project vaguely related to it brewing, and I’m looking forward to announcing that project as soon as it’s a bit more mature. Until then, please bear with me
The Making of the “Lost Time” EP
I’m planning a series of blog posts on the process behind creating my latest EP “Lost Time”. In this series, I’ll go through the songs one by one, trying to depict both the creative process, as well as the technical process behind creating the EP. It’ll cover everything from working with collaborators and composing the tracks, to the technicalities of composing, mixing and more.
Keep an eye out on the blog for that if you’re interested, I intend to publish the first post early next week!
As a final note, I’d like to once again say thanks to everyone I met and everyone who attended the conference. It was all a blast and I look forward to meeting you all again, both in and outside of the LAC!