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The Wired Percussionist
Tech Day 2.0 on November 19, at PASIC14,
hosted by the Percussive Arts Society Music Technology Committee
 
PASIC14 Tech Day Call for Proposals

Tech Day at PASIC14 will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 at the IUPUI Campus in downtown Indianapolis.  The rooms in use in the venue will provide modern facilities to support Music Technology presentations and performances.

The PASIC Tech Day jury is accepting proposals in four categories:
 
1.     Scholarly presentations: The Jury is seeking presentations that cover percussion and percussion-related technology, including recording, computer composition, controllers, live computer interaction, marching technology, improvisation, music education, performance, instrument design and industry.  Presentations 30 minutes in length, with media and audio playback only. Fill out information listed in the submission form, downloadable here https://iu.box.com/s/wcnqsjtokva6o058oxzx Email your proposal information to techday@pas.org. Deadline: July 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
 
2.     Clinic Presentations: The Jury is seeking presentations that cover percussion technology techniques and practices, including computer interactivity, recording, controllers, marching technology, improvisation, music education, performance, instrument design and industry. Presentations generally will be 30 minutes in length, but some exceptions may apply.  Submit application, with a technical description of equipment and media needs.  Fill out information listed in the submission form, downloadable here: https://iu.box.com/s/wcnqsjtokva6o058oxzx. Email your proposal information to techday@pas.org. Deadline: July 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
 
3.      Software, hardware or other lab-related presentations: Will take place in the Tech Day Computer Lab, hosting a teaching station with a quantity of computers to be determined. The Computer Lab will be prepared to run the following software applications: Logic Audio, MaxMSP and Jitter, Ableton Live, Finale, Presonus Studio One.
 
·        Other software brands may be proposed, but the submitter will need to verify availability in the lab with the IUPUI Department of Technology.  Lab sessions with a hardware focus may also be supported -- Please contact Scott Deal, email deal@iupui.edu for these scenarios.
 
Fill out information listed in the submission form, downloadable here: https://iu.box.com/s/wcnqsjtokva6o058oxzx. Email your proposal information to techday@pas.org. Deadline: July 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
 
4. Performances: involving percussion, electronics, computer interactivity, telematics, MIDI controllers, and media (one overhead screen above the stage).  Performance works in general should be between 15 minutes and 50 minutes in length. However, multiple works by one performer or group may be proposed.  Fill out information listed in the submission form, downloadable here: https://iu.box.com/s/wcnqsjtokva6o058oxzx. Email your proposal information to techday@pas.org. Deadline: July 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
 
Guidelines:  
1)     Applicants must complete information listed in the submission form available at https://iu.box.com/s/wcnqsjtokva6o058oxzx. Email the information to techday@pas.org.
2)      Important Note: Individuals or groups who are invited to present at the Tech Day are required to be registered for PASIC 2014. One-day passes are available. Please visit www.pas.org for more information on registering for the Convention. Presenters and performers will not be eligible for a fee waiver based on their participation at the Tech Day.
3)      Do not send audio or video files with your application. Only web links to content will be accepted.   
4)      If you have questions on any of the guidelines above please email techday@pas.org.  Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reviewing your application!
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Up-lighting a #marimba adds a dramatic touch to a show. This is from  last Sunday's #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate performance. That's an LED light bar creating the uplight.  That's me rehearsing my part on the tune I wrote, "Yerba Buena Times". Photo by James Helsing.
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At the close of 2nd tech rehearsal of #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate Aug 8 2013.  We're using Xylorimba, drumset, bongos, shekere, log drum and more percussion in this show. The precorded elements include field recordings from around San Francisco along with sequenced tracks built by Gregg Plummer using Sound Forge, Acid and Sonar.
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The show is today at 5:00 Pacific!
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Found this today at the store "STUFF" on Valencia near Duboce. Considering that I may be the sole possessor of the Hurtado Brothers archives, this is an amazing addition.
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Hi. Vibes player in San Francisco here.
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I'm at Cafe Claude (7 Claude Ln., Btw Grant & Kearny/Bush & Sutter, San Francisco) http://4sq.com/SCi4cA
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I am very excited to announce that Percussive Arts Society is presenting Technology Day at its annual convention this year. November 13 in Indianapolis -- opening day of the PASIC convention. Details at http://www.pas.org/PASIC/PASIC2013TechnologyDay.aspx. The Day is produced by the Music Technology Committee of PAS (I am the committee chair).  Ping me if you'd like more details!
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From yesterday - the 4th and final tech rehearsal for #YerbaBuenaYerbaMate which we'll perform for about 50 people, about four hours from now!
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Thanks, +Kurt Gartner for the thoughtful interview you did with me in the May issue of Percussive Notes, the magazine of the Percussive Arts Society. Available only to PAS members.....join at www.pas.org
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Cal Poly young entrepreneurs giving elevator pitches for their startups at the Hyatt Regency hotel, San Francisco, June 3, 2013.  Also present were Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and ASI President Katie Morrow. These students were assisted in their startups by the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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Percussionists! Are computer and music technology a part of your everyday life? Would you like to further the cause of music technology education and performance? The Music Technology Committee of Percussive Arts Society is recruiting new members! (I'm committee chair). Deadline May 31. Info here: http://www.pas.org/About/committees/committeedetails.aspx#music You must belong to PAS to join the committee. Ping me if you want more info. Thanks!
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High school Journalism students -- the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Journalism Department wants you to apply!
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IT and Management Consultant
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Communications, Risk Assessment, Project Planning and Management, Internal Audits (certified as an ISO 9000 auditor)
Employment
  • City and County of San Francisco
    Infrastructure Project Manager, 2013 - present
    Plan and manage a variety of IT infrastructure projects
  • MSquared Inc.
    Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    PMO Manager, 2008 - 2011
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San Francisco, CA
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St. Paul, MN - Chicago, IL - Anaheim, CA - Huntington Beach, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA - San Jose, CA
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Consultant, Percussionist, Connected to Nonprofits
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I live in San Francisco with my wife Sharon Saffel and a cat.  I play vibraphone in a jazz band. Often my employer is M Squared, which places me in consulting positions. Conard House is a San Francisco human services nonprofit and I'm the Board Chair there. I'm a member of the Percussive Arts Society and I am the Chair of its Music Technology Committee. I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State U., and University of San Francisco. Music (collecting, composing, performing, listening, education), radio, photography and exploring California and the world are my main pursuits.
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In 2013 I performed in a electroacoustic multimedia concert for the first time
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  • University of San Francisco
    Nonprofit Administration
  • San José State University
    Media Production
  • California Polytechnic State University
    Journalism
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My band played here (and we'll be playing again this month). We saw that the patrons were very happy with the vibe, service and menu offerings of food and wine. We in the band also enjoyed some hospitality after our gig was finished...wonderful. We look forward to returning. Blair Leader, Echo Beach Jazz Quartet
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