I’ve decided to release a recording one of my highly sought after, ever-changing, ever-evolving, keynote speeches. This is a version which I gave at the Nordic Game Conference in Sweden a few months ago on some methods I use to keep myself and my teams creative.
I start by talking about “Creatives” vs “Exploiters” and my first realization of my young self at the incubation of my career, when felt I was being asked to “prostitute my art”. After giving more information on my background, I share three simple rules I developed as principals which I live by and which I believe will help more Creatives find success. Then I share another three rules, followed by 5 more rules. Then a whole section (which was alluded to in a question in a previous email) about the importance of taking care of the Goose VS the Golden Egg. At the end, I share actual sections from “Music of the Spheres”.
The video contains an hour of some of my favorite stories, most powerful lessons learned, and theories I’ve developed from my many years of experience in the music and game industry.
Big news! I’m going to be working with the Boston Crusaders (Drum & Bugle Corps) in 2016!
My old (really old) friend Tim Salzman is working with the Crusaders and he recently asked me to join him on a project. I met the rest of the amazingly talented creative team at Tim’s house here in Seattle and joined them for dinner; they didn’t kick me out and the rest will soon be history!
My position at this point is a bit of a secret, but my goal is to learn a lot, get up to speed, then try to help out to the best of my ability without being a hindrance. For the record, at some point in my life I have played both a drum and a bugle.
Seriously, I’ll be involved with the creative team on the music/audio side of things and I will likely travel a couple times to the east coast, but most of my collaboration will be remote via the internet tubes.
Through a reckless sense of adventure, I’m really excited to bring my experience and creativity to a project that’s completely uncharted territory for me. The Boston Crusader Drum & Bugle Corps are an amazing group and I’m honored to join the team!
I had the privilege of giving a talk at the Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards, while also receiving the Pulcinella Special Award in Venice Italy. You can read a little about the event here and here.
Below are some pictures I took during my time in Italy, including one with my new friend Cass from Skunk Anansie.
This is the Special Award given to me by the folks at Cartoons on the Bay.
A typical sunset in Venice
This ceiling hasn’t been painted in about 500 years
This is the room where the main event was held – not like Microsoft
This is the castle where we spent most of our time
A Venice street
The location of the awards dinner
Just a place for coffee breaks
My new friend Cass showing that his dreads are longer than Nile Rodgers
Wow, thanks to everyone who donated to Foster Kinship yesterday! You donated over 50 times and raised over $800 for their work helping kids. Thanks to your efforts, Foster Kinship will win extra prize money.
Congrats to the winners of a never released signed soundtrack “Music for Games” Mike and I did back in 1999.
And the winner of the grand prize Skype mentoring Session + Soundtrack is:
If you didn’t win the grand prize, you have one more chance. I am going to offer a second mentoring session to those that donated. To win, send me a short paragraph making your case for why you should win to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 PM PST 3/15 (Sunday). I’ll pick a winner on Monday.