Hacking for an Audience--The Last HOPE, 2010

My talk at The Next Hope (my conference writeup and photos here) was called Hacking for An Audience, and gives an overview of entertainment technology for live shows, details some of the ways we have "misused" technology in our industry, and also details some reliability strategies that we use to make sure that the show goes on. The conference organizers have now released free audio recordings of all the talks (I've downloaded many of the talks I missed for an upcoming road trip), and you can also buy videos of any of the talks here for a ridiculously low $5, with proceeds going towards conference expenses. I took the audio from my talk, edited the Powerpoint slides in, added a few bonus photos, and a bunch of links. 

You can watch it here, it's just under an hour:


Or download the audio here (clicking that link will download the mp3 file).  I really enjoyed giving this talk and can't wait for the next Hope (2012).

World Voice Day 2010

There is no such thing as "perfect" sound.  That's what I argued back in April, as part of our World Voice Day "Microphone Workshop" at City Tech (my writeup of the event with photos here).  My talk kicked off the day's sessions, and in it I attempted to lay out many of the challenges to getting good live sound.  I targeted the singers and voice teachers in the conference's audience, but my hope is that the talk will be interesting to anyone who is a live music fan or who buys a ticket to a show, as I also proposed some basic, non-technical, objective criteria about what "good" sound is in the first place.

Unfortunately, the video of the event got corrupted, but I did get an audio recording, and today got time to cut the recording against my Powerpoint slides and a couple other photos. It's 30 minutes long, and I hope worth your time:

Quoted in Live Design

Talking about CAST Software's Black Box:

“BlackBox shows tremendous promise and is part of a larger trend in modern show control, where systems are linked together but not bound by the limitations of synchronizing everything by time only,” says show control guru John Huntington. “I'll be especially excited if Cast can integrate the ability to make short-term predictions about where physical objects are heading and integrate full support of ACN."