I’m now in San Francisco at Macworld Expo, and will be reporting all week for CDMusic and CDMotion. Sure, word is Steve Jobs is going to be introducing some new gadget, but that’s not even the highlight for me. There’s a terrific lineup of music and visual events and parties, many of which will appeal even to you Windows users. San Francisco and the Mac platform in general have always been magnets for creative music making and multimedia technology. And best of all, unlike NAMM, this is truly a consumer show for people actually using the gear, not just the trade.

If you’re here in San Francisco, do come say hi! And if not, stay tuned here, as we’ll do our best to bring the full experience to you on CDM this week and next.

I’ll be around all week, but here are the events in which I’m personally involved, plus a link to our new flickr photo group so those of us in SF can share snapshots:


11:30 AM Zoom-In Podcast Recording: I put on my pundit hat and get to pontificate about whatever it is Steve has planned for Apple’s shindig tomorrow. I’ll have a link to the finished show.

1-1:45 PM Real World Digital Audio at Peachpit Press: I’ll be doing a short, free demo and Q&A for my book Real World Digital Audio at the Peachpit booth. Check out the full event schedule at Peachpit, as it looks like a really terrific lineup. Graham Nash (yes, he of Crosby, Stills &, Crosby Stills … & Young and Crosby & fame) will even be there, though talking digital photography, not music.


11 AM-12:15 PM Playful Animation and Motion Graphics that React: I’ll be talking interactive visuals and VJing from video to animation, with examples in Jitter, Processing, and Flash. This requires a User Conference or better badge to attend.

6 PM – 2 AM Backlit Lounge Music Party: Create Digital Music will be co-sponsoring Backlit Lounge, a regular music event in SF that features a number of CDM readers. I’ll play a feature set at 10pm, likely to be Ableton Live-based with some keys. Free to everyone — no Macworld badge required.


7:30 PM – 1:30 AM Video Lounge: It’s edutainment: sessions on live visuals, followed by an open jam, with cheap drinks! The Video Lounge will feature presentations from myself, top international VJ Grant Davis (VJ Culture) on using Apple Motion as a performance apps, and Quartz Composer developer Pierre-Olivier Latour on his own software. I’ll be talking about assembling visual sets using Jitter and performing them with tthe Wii controller for some wireless control.


Music Technology Market Symposium: A market symposium makes it sound like we’re going to be talking about how to make money. Don’t be fooled. An all-star lineup will spend all day playing, demoing, and chatting. I hope to follow this up with some CDM interviews, so expect this to continue right onto the site.

New flickr Group!

flickr addicts, you can now post images to CDM’s new flickr group. Tag them with Macworld this week, and everyone can find your hands-on images of the iPhone and unflattering photos of me performing. I’ll be uploading regularly to the group, as well.

(There’ a motion group, as well, naturally.)

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