The next few entries are from my journal of the 2010 Art of Record Production conference.
Day 4 – Friday 4 December 2010
After a long day of travel and a late night Friday night, Saturday morning was rough. I got up, grabbed breakfast in the Hotel again, and then went to catch Thomas Haines’ presentation on his ensemble at CCM and Jason Corey’s presentation on Technical Ear Training.
Then I went back to the Hotel to finish my prep work for my presentation. I was running consistently long in my practice runs, so I continued to cut things until the last minute. I got back to Leeds Met at 1:00 to catch the other presentations in my block: Brian Rossiter’s presentation on gender issues in Prince, and Mike Hajimichael’s presentation on virtual production and online collaboration. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend Leslie Gaston’s presentation. I was disappointed that we were scheduled during the same session. She was one of my teachers at the University of Colorado, Denver.
My presentation went well, but I was pretty rushed. My PowerPoint wasn’t as streamlined as I usually like, so there was a lot of info on each slide. I felt the audience focus in on that every time I changed slides. Timothy Dalton, who worked for Faith No More in the late 1980s and early 1990s was the only comment we had time for before the session break, and he voiced his support for the presentation. That was a nice boost after the presentation.
The next session was the lecture by DJ Spooky (Paul Miller). It was a great lecture on the culture of remixing, drawing connections between main artistic and cultural trends in the 20th century. He is a brilliant public speaker.
The final session of the day was a panel on songwriting in the studio. After that, I went back to the hotel and grabbed a quick nap. I was awoken by a fire alarm that required everyone in the hotel to evacuate. After that, I caught a taxi in to town for the dinner at the ha ha Bar and Grill in Leeds. I ate dinner next to Brian Rossiter and Melvyn Toms.
After dinner, I went back to the hotel and spent the rest of the night socializing in the pub. Another late night, but I had a great time socializing with more people.