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LFNW Day 1 [Apr. 26th, 2015|07:53 am]
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Saturday morning came early after the night of games and the hall was buzzing with many exhibitors setting up. All we needed to do was power up. The doors opened at 9:30 and the crush of attendees came in. Our booth was across from the raffle table and became very popular. Many guests asked about the musical instruments and what does that had to do with Linux. Brian Monroe showed off the Guitarx effects he developed, a mean metal distortion, a dreamy shoegaze sustain and a bouncy echo while explaining the app. Many guests tried out the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard and left with smiles.
Brian shows off Fedora Jam with attendees at Linux Fest North West 2015
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LinuxFest NorthWest Day 0 [Apr. 26th, 2015|12:21 am]
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Jeff Fitzmaurice, Brian Monroe and I met up at the Bellingham Technical College Friday night to set up the Fedora booth. We quickly got the tables dressed, the gear unpacked, plugged in and all the computers running, with some help from the Fest staff. We finished in enough time to get to Foxx Hall for game night. Jacob, the Game Night organizer was setting things up when we arrived. Jacob brought nearly 200 LFNW passes to the game night and Jeff Fitzmaurice processed the registrations. Brian handed out Fedora Shirts and we met up with Pete Travis and Adam Williamson. We had planned to give out guitar picks but we didn't get them in time, so I bought a gross of picks and wrote “fedora jam” on all of them. The games, Cards Against Humanity, Ticket to Ride, and others came to an end at 11:59. Tomorrow the Fedora Jam exhibit.


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North West Linux Fest [Apr. 6th, 2015|10:08 pm]
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Fedora Jam is coming to Linux Fest North West in Bellingham, Washington, April 24th to 26th.  If you are a friend of Fedora, sign up on the wiki and participate in our booth.  Or if you are a musician, come by to try out Fedora Jam, we will have a guitar, keyboard and other instruments to try out.  We will have Fedora shirts at the Friday game night, show your Fedora pride during the fest.

Are you a Raspberry PI programmer?  Can you code a program (preferably in python) that will scan the QR code on the badge and accept a comment or question?  I have a Raspberry Pi 512 with a camera.  The SCaLE exhibitors mentioned that they wanted capture the names of the guests that stopped by the booth and their questions.  This would be a great way to respond to those who show an interest in Fedora.

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LinuxFest NorthWest 2015 [Jan. 24th, 2015|12:35 am]
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LinuxFest NorthWest will be at Bellingham Technical College on April 25th and 26th. The Fest has an exhibition area, lots of talk sessions, evening parties and the world famous raffle. Fedora will have an exhibit booth and if you have a Fedora or other open source presentation, submit your proposal by Friday, January 30th 7pm PST.

http://linuxfestnorthwest.org/2015/present

If you are a Fedora Ambassador or user who would like to help at the exhibit, please sign up at the event page. You will get to interact with a wide range Linux users from experienced developers to curious families and kids.

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LinuxFest_Northwest_(LFNW)_2015
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LinuxFest NorthWest part one [Apr. 29th, 2014|11:05 pm]
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Over 120 Linux and gaming enthusiasts attended the Board Game Night sponsored by Fedora. I greeted attendees with Fedora playing cards and for those who asked about the Fedora shirts, I offered them to Fedora users who agreed to wear them at the conference. Cards Against Humanity seemed to be the most popular game, with Settlers of Catan and other games played at about a dozen tables. Jacob and the other LFNW organizers had to make a food and drink run, and set up more tables, for the greater than expected crowd.
Fedora Game Night at LinuxFest Northwest
The Fedora table was right near the entry, Adam and I had two XOs (One Laptop Per Child) computers set up to attract the crowd and my tiny net-top computer was running the Gnome desktop with Heisenbug, and plenty of stickers. The hall filled quickly when the doors opened at 9:30 and was busy all day long. The Fedora users came by to say hi and and those who got a shirt showed them off. We got some positive comments about our ad in the program, with the balloons that were fitting for game night, Fedora's 10th and LFNW's 15th anniversary. We were busy all day long answering questions, Adam handling the technical questions while I showed off programs on the net-top and the XOs and explained the four foundations; freedom, friends, features and first.
The "World famous" raffle had the hall packed to close out the first day of the conference. Bill, the head of LFNW, thanked Fedora for sponsoring the board game night (lots of cheers) and Microsoft for sponsoring the after party (not as many cheers), before drawing tickets. Several HP Slates, a Chromebook and two high end computers were given away with lots of books, shirts, hats and other goodies (I didn't win). The XOs got a good workout and I was partially hoarse from answering questions all day. So I skipped on the after party at the Spark Museum to put the finishing touches on my talk, Pure Data - Programming for Artists.
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LinuxFest NorthWest [Apr. 11th, 2014|07:26 am]
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It is hard to believe that a year ago we were at the Live Code Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany on our way to Graz, Austria for the Linux Audio Conference.  We had an incredibly fun time with awesome performances and great talks at both.  This year the Linux Audio Conference is in Karlsruhe, where it started, and sadly I won't be there (unless I win the lottery in the next two weeks).
But I will be at the incredibly fun LinuxFest NorthWest, which I missed last year.  I will be staffing the Fedora booth with the awesome AdamW on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th at Bellingham Technical College.  We will be adding a fifth foundation to Fedora, “Fun”, to the other four, “Freedom, Friends, Features, First”, as we are sponsoring the Friday game night (I will be there with Forbidden Island).
Fedora users, help us with game night and the booth.  We would like a Fedora presence at the Friday Game Night, wear your Fedora gear.  Both Adam and I are giving talks so we could use some extra help for the booth.  Adam's talk is on UEFI: The Great Satan and you, and mine is on PD - Programming for Artists.  Contact me if you have signed the Fedora Contributor License Agreement (CLA) and can help, then you could be the first person to receivethe Panda is In badge.  Sign up on the events page and join us in B'ham for the fun.

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Linux Audio Conference after gathering [May. 12th, 2013|08:51 pm]
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The Linux Audio Conference group traveled to and climbed a dormant volcano to the Riegersburg Castle, then went to Buschenschank for food and wine, and a little music.

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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2013|09:59 am]
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Final day of the conference. I missed some of the morning talks to take in the Graz market to get some pumpkin seed oil, one of the snacks provided during the conference breaks was a spread made with it.  So I missed talks on PulseAudio on Embedded Linux and Room Impulse response using Floss Tools.

 

Interesting talks on Pitch-classes in SuperCollider, Convolution Techniques for Live Performance, and LV2 plug-ins with Faust were given in the afternoon.  There was alot of excitement over the lightning talk of MOD, a guitar pedal box that is a LV2 host and processor.  Many questions about it, most often, "When can I get one?"

 

The evening performance was great as always.  The first performance was interactive with an Android app, Csound Drums.  Intended to teach rhythm to middle and high school students.  It was a little rowdy following the developer and conductor, Tarmo Johannes, in the beer drinking club, but the performance went well.  Then Renick Bell tore up the place with his demo of Conductive, a live algorithmic approach he presented as a paper on Thursday.

 

All the papers are up at the LAC 2013 site, presentation slides and talk videos will be posted later.   I'll post some audio, video and photos after I get back home.

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Linux Audio Conference, Day 2 [May. 11th, 2013|04:21 pm]
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More interesting talks today on Ambisonics, Csound6 code update, Haskell for Live Coding and MPF: Music for Programmers.  Chuckk Hubbard presented Rationale a scoreing sequencer for just intonation, the notes will be an exact fraction of the prime note.  ipyclam is an ipython based interface to CLAM ( C++ Library for Audio and Music ).  I haven't had success compiling CLAM in Fedora, but this will give me a new reason to try.

 

The 2 lightening talks were amoung my favorites.  Robin Gareus showed how he used openGL as a user interface for a LV2 plugin, the Hammond organ panel with drawbars and rocker switches could be rotated in 3D, with hidden parameter switches and knobs on the side.  Nils Gey presented Laborejo, a music notation workshop with many composing shortcuts that will create Lilypond output and will play the scores, still in work (beta) I will be trying this.

 

What I like best about LAC is the live music performances and today's where amoung the best.  Florian Hollerweger (violin), IOhannes m zmölnig (trumpet), Martin Rumori (benjolin), David Pirrò (bass guitar) and Rob Canning (composer) performed Parallaxis: For Four Instruments and Electronics, where thw performers and the composer interact with the score as they play. 

 

Marco Donnarumma's performance of Ominous - Incarnated sound sculpture, was one of the best performances that I have ever seen. Microphones on his arms picked up his muscle contractions and were amplified and processed into sounds.

 

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LAC 2013 Day one [May. 10th, 2013|10:47 am]
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Great first day at the Linux Audio Conference in Graz.   Over 100 people in attendance.  Talks were given on netpd, real time collaborative environment in Pure Data, and SuperColliderIDE.  Fernando Lopez-Lezcano gave a talk on how CCRMA recreated the Hagia Sophia reverberant sound using SuperCollider and Ambisonics.  My favorite talk was Fons Adriaensen's design of an audio oscilloscope, a work in progress that looks really nice.

 

After the talks there were some concerts in the IEM Open CUBE, a room with 24 speakers.  Michal Seta here in Graz played with some musicians Montreal.  Magnus Johansson played a beautiful SuperCollider piece where 3 SC "poets" take turns playing their variations on a theme.  Bruno Ruviaro sliced and diced many samples from popular Brazilian songs for an interesting effect.  Endphase 20 by Enrique Tomás, João Pais and Alberto Bernal was a tribute to Aaron Swartz using the indictment text played with granular synthesis and Ambisonics, a very moving piece.

 

After dinner louder more upbeat music continued at the Postgarage bar.

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