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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

 

>>_AT SXSW 2006

I've been enjoying myself here in Austin, Texas at South by Southwest (SXSW), a music, film, and interactive (web 'n stuff) conference. And this just isn't like other industry conferences. With great local food, films all day, friendly people, music and mulitple events every night it's the best combination of culture, education, and socializing.

I'm here because I was invited to play the Web Awards for the interactive portion of the conference. I played before the show and selected and cued the music that played after each winner was announced. Daft Punk's "Technologic" for the winners of the Technical Achievement award, Donna Summers' "She Works Hard for the Money" for the Business: For-Profit award, Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Art Star" for the Art category...you get the idea.

Film and interactive have been going on here for a few days now. I've already caught a couple of films including the excellent documentary 95 Miles to Go featuring Ray Romano of "Everybody Loves Raymond"--who was there in person for the Q&A session. Yes, his TV show is terrible but this movie really changed my opinion of his comedic ability.

I'm more excited about a film showing tomorrow: V for Vendetta. I'm sure it will be a zoo but hope to try and get in. The movie is based on an exceptional graphic novel I read a few years back that left me with my jaw on the floor. I am so thrilled that Hollywood is giving it a turn on screen. I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about the topics the film addresses.

So why haven't I brought up music yet? Well, that portion of the conference starts tomorrow. The musicians and industry types are showing up today and it's already a real costume show. I hear the evenings really get wild once the music conference is here. Which, um, considering how wild they already are sounds good to me! The focus of the SXSW music conference is definitely on live music, but I've seen my share of vinyl and laptop DJs doing their thing around town. I hope to find a couple of electronic music artist shows in the next couple of days and get my creative juices going some more...

(Photo by kingryan)

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