Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Justin Lassen invited to innaugural Cirque Du Soleil Kurios VIP opening show!

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It’s been amazing working in VR, because of it I have gotten to meet all kinds of wonderful creators, inventors, companies and exciting people trying to change the world. During Occulus Connect this year I got to meet a very special producer from Cirque Du Soleil and we’ve had a bunch of awesome meetings and dinners since knowing eachother. He put me on the VIP list to check out the first showing of the new KURIOS show in Los Angeles! I first got a peak of it in the Samsung Gear VR experience at the conference.

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Here I am with the president of Cirque Du Soleil media Jaques!

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I also had the most awesome honor of meeting the woman who motion acted a bunch of stuff for Robert Zemeckis as well as the Navi people in Avatar! Her name is Julene Renee and I feel lucky to have met her!

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And this most amazingly wonderful woman Jacquie Barnbrook who is a VR producer, motion capture actress and really a truly happy happenstance of a meeting! She was sitting next to me! She produces for The Virtual Reality Company, whom I have been working with several of the advisors and people from that company! (Steven Speilberg is one of the advisors for that particular VR company!)

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Cool tent with tons of neat merchandise and lots of interesting conversations!

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special edition KURIOS clown noses!!!

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The amazing stage under the tent!

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Cotton candy, soda pop and treats! Yep i’m at the circus!

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My good friend Andre from Cirque Du Soleil (us having sushi in Santa Monica) at the 3rd street promenade!

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One of the Kuriosities!

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I brought my friend Ben as my VIP guest! He’s at 2 Bit Circus working on amazing VR stuff these days! And because Kurios had sort of a steam punk vibe, I think him and his had fit right in!

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Some of the actors and cast! In the tent they had all these wonderful actors interacting with all of us! Also this tent had so many famous people in it, you wouldn’t believe it!! :)

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The live musicians for the show! This music was glorious and made me feel happy to the core of my heart! Fantastic score! I’m excited because I will get to do some music for some future Cirque projects coming up! More on that later! shhh. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sharknado 3 + My Little Pony DJPon3 Remixed officially released on Vinyl records!

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I had the most amazing news told to me by my label Lakeshore! The MLP DJPon3 album I produced this year was released on real actual vinyl! And very very pretty blue vinyl too! They even put a bunny on the back of it for me!

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Respect goes to all my collaborators and team on this one!

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Looking sweet!

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Liner notes are huge and brilliant! Thank you to EVERYONE who made that album the success that it is!

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My vinyl collection has been growing a lot this year! It’s so heavy!

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It’s such a huge honor that my official John Williams remix to the theme song JAWS is on vinyl now! Thank you Lakeshore!

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Thank you to everyone who supported this entire process! It was a trip!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Los Angeles, San Diego, Disneyland, City Adventures!

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First stop on my journey was of course Disneyland with my friend Brian from PCAudioLabs! He’s fashioned a new line of computers named after me at his company so we had to celebrate together!

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I actually went to Disneyland about 8 times from Nov-Dec because i’m an annual pass holder now!

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Just checked out the new Star Wars ride!

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Down in San Diego near a cool halloween tree! :)

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Disneyland has been very healing for me this year, when I was down, it cheers me up. Thank you Disney!

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and what a huge honor it is to have my favorite Disney Imagineer Jerry Rees send me these amazing words! Amongst more things than I can list here, he also produced/write/directed my favorite childhood cartoon “The Brave Little Toaster”.

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I did a lot of soul searching walking up and down and all over Los Angeles trying to find a new place.

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Getting ready for Cirque!

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Cool right? This post is actually just here for posterity to remind me of the weeks I spent searching in LA to figure out some exciting next steps!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Traveling again, Roland, LA and Hello World!

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I have been a Roland artist all my life, from dreaming about them when I just had Casio keyboards as a small kid to the day I first became an official Roland artist and featured in their print magazines (back when that was a thing), it’s been an amazing journey for me as a fan of keyboards and as an artist and composer using their gear over the years on my projects.

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Some of my first professional keyboards were the Roland XP-30 and all the expansion cards for it. The Roland JP-8000 was also one of my go-to synths of the time. The last few years I’ve been using the Roland Jupiter-80 which is seriously one of the most beautiful sounding keyboards I have ever played. Roland keeps upping their game and continuing to craft some inspiring hardware to work with. I am the proud owner of a Roland JDXA and it’s little brother the Roland JD-Xi.

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I think as a travel keyboard, the JD-Xi is perfect for me because it packs a ton of amazing drum kits for modern music, awesome synth design. It’s light enough to take with me on adventures and a great writing companion for new ideas. It doubles as an audio interface so I can record directly into my laptop right away. Up above in the picture you can see what I’m traveling with (more on that later!) I have a packed year of events and performances coming up!

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I’ve been working on presets for both the JDXA and JD-Xi and have been having a blast with both of these synths. However, I’m on the road again traveling once more so I’ll get back to the JDXA for live shows, touring and stick to my trusty new best friend, the JD-Xi for the adventures coming up for me in Los Angeles and beyond.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Justin Lassen interview for PCAudioLabs!

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PCAudioLabs flew out to my studio to interview me and talk about my new system with them which was made specifically for Windows 10. Check it out! I was consulting on Windows 10 audio for Microsoft this year up until release! (I met with Microsoft first at NAMM in January about it!) with the CTO of PCAL/Obedia!

Justin Lassen on using PCAudioLabs computers for production

http://pcaudiolabs.com/rok-box-mc-Ex/
”Justin Lassen is a musician, composer, remixer, producer and Sound Designer. Justin takes some time out today to talk to OBEDIA/PCAudioLabs about how his brand-new PCAudioLabs MC EX Special Edition Pro Audio Computer has changed his workflow and helped him create awesome music.
In this video we'll showcase the PCAudioLabs MC EX SE pro audio computer, PreSonus Studio One, Cakewalk SONAR, OpenLabs Stagelight, Intel SSDs, Intel 4790k Processors, ATI Radeon graphics cards, and Intel Water Cooling - all in the PCAudioLabs MC EX SE Pro Audio Computer.”

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Get your own MC EX SE Pro Audio Computer today at
http://pcaudiolabs.com/rok-box-mc-Ex/
Check out Justin Lassen at http://www.justinlassen.com

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Here’s me checking out the new system for the first time!

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The mad scientist and CTO of PCAudioLabs himself, Brian!

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Computer surgery at my house!

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Bios configurations and overclocking!

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Finding a home in the Studio.

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Brian testing out the systems video editing/rendering capabilities.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015 from Daz 3D (Music & Audio by Justin Lassen)!

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Hey everyone, Happy Halloween 2015! I was flown up to Salt Lake City, Utah and got to work on the music, sound effects and audio for Daz3D showing off some new models for their marketplace! We had a lot of fun working on this video so check it out! Enjoy! Mad respect to my collaborator at Daz3D Mark Madsen! I love working on fun projects like this! Thank you again everyone!

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In case you wondered what I dressed up like for halloween. Me and the one and only Chadington Von Lichtenstein dressed up as extra characters from Mad Max Fury Road. Chadington looked awesome!

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Have a treat too. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Justin Lassen at IndieCade 2015 in Culver City, CA!

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I was invited out to check out IndieCade by Jayson Napolitano to meet a ton of indie developers for future projects this year! It was a blast to hang with friends and meet new people and just see all the exciting things that are being developed in the game dev scene!

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This is Jayson Napolitano of Scarlett Moon Productions. I’m one of the international artists that he represents around the globe. I’m honored because he represents  some of the coolest Japanese composers in the world. Check out the website here and get in touch with him if you want cool composers to score your next video game projects!

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Met up with Cade Peterson, thet developer program manager for Leap Motion!

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It was pretty much inevitable that one day I would actually meet the princess. This was paper mario version of her, so she was a little flat, *da dump crash* but it was still cool!

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Hanging with my buddy David Coombes (Developer Program Manager) from Nvidia. They were showing off a bunch of cool Android TV and game devices this year at the show. I think it’s great that companies like Nvidia participate in stuff like this!

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Here I am with my buddies Jake Kaufman (bad ass composer brother, you might know him from Shovel Knight) and Jayson Napolitano!

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This is Erlend Grefsrud, creator/developer of an interesting new game that he was showing off at the Firehouse called Myriad.

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This is Gabe Telepak, and oddly enough we both are from Arizona. :) He’s the developer of that weird game about Pugs.

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Two of my favorite companies representing at IndieCade this year. Intel and Nintendo!

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Luis Antonio, developer of a game I found on Steam before I went to the show. An interesting Groundhogs Day style gameplay called 12 Minutes.

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Cool game about Bunnies!!

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Random bunny sighting. :) Some kids shirt. cool.

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Henrik Flink, Swedish developer of a cool 4th person puzzling adventure game called Pavilion. Very relaxing and very Swedish in the best way, design and all.

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This guy is cool, Alex Cote, we met at a bunch of previous events and proof that no matter where you go, this is a smaller community than we all think. He’s also an audio guy so I get along well with those types!

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This was in the Southwest Airlines magazine on my flight over to LA that week, was so cool to see my talented sister featured in the magazine! Go Justine!

I met up with a ton of other people who haven’t sent me pictures yet, but it was a pretty cool trip all together. Thanks for reading!