July 20, 2012
Meet other people! Bump against other ideas! If I'm lucky, form like voltron with a complimentary team of folks who share my fairly specific interests, and make some money!
I'm interested in very lightweight tools, or very creative toys, or something in between. In 2010 I co-created Thicket, a synergistic audivisual art piece for iOS. Thicket was featured by Apple in it's 2010 "best of the year" list in the "Generative Art an Music" category. Since then I've built audio engines for Falling Stars and Morton Subotnick's Pitch Painter. Before iOS I my main tool was SuperCollider. I've developed my own approach to using the STK library, which I call "EZPlug". It makes synthesis programing in C++ easier and faster. I plan on open-sourcing it, but first need to feel confidant that it's actually usable by other people! If any C++ synth dabblers out there are interested, please get in touch!
The majority of work being done with music and technology these days is about connecting people with music they can love. On the other hand, there are many amazing toolmakers out there, allowing serious musicians to make amazing stuff. Both these things are great, but I'm interested in serving the ultra-casual musician, the person who didn't realize they had a creative bone in their body. Bloom, Toshio Iwai's Electroplankton and DrawSomething are notable inspirations. I think there's room in the world of software, and in people's lives, for more fun, easy, lovely creative experiences.
Bloom, Thicket (sorry, nominating myself here), Figure
For the past two years, I've been hard at work in the space between toys and tools, instruments and games. I think of myself as a provider of "bumper car creativity".
Nice vibe, big, lively crowd, met lots of interesting people. Two thumbs up.