Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Justin Lassen at Game Developer Conference 2011 in San Francisco


Hey everyone, wow, just got back from GDC 2011. The premiere video game conference for developers, nerds and geeks from around the world. San Francisco was awesome, the show was great for me, met a lot of great people. I wish I took more photos!


I was invited to go this year to demonstrate “Making Music with MeeGo” at the Intel Booth and AppUp Developer Event. MeeGo is a Linux distribution that works on touch screen netbooks and tablets. In fact, I walked the show floor and found that I was the only one showing off music creation/composition at the entire show! At the AppUp Event, Intel was giving away really sweet 700 dollar ExoPC tablet PCs!! I used my bad ass Behringer UMA25S portable studio keyboard which I think is perfect when paired with EnergyXT and Meego/Indamixx2 setups. Vincent is an amazing jedi master of MeeGo!! :)


And here is my new 250GB 510 series Intel SSD: Ready to rock my musical sample production at 6Gb/s. :)


I was showing off a specific build of MeeGo called indamixx2, which featured my friend Jorgen’s software EnergyXT 2.5.4 as well as Ardour (a Linux Pro-Tools-like audio production tool) and other software like Renoise and even some spiffy EQ designed by an ex-SSL guy!


I created several (10 or so) music demos in EnergyXT and Ardour for the show because as I dove into it, I realized that it was so easy and so fun to create music in Indamixx that I just couldn’t stop. Really addictive portable music studio. All I need is an Indamixx2 setup and a tiny midi keyboard and I’m ready for sketches on the road. Here is an example of a music track I made with it for my friends new game ZapAttack called ZipZap.

Other than my appearances and talks/presentations, I did I think 7 interviews total at the show with different cameras and companies. I met so many great people, companies and colleagues at the show. Ran into old friends, new friends and found new projects!


I also got to meet the creator/designer/producer/owner/founder of one of my FAVORITE games of all time, “Cave Story” which is a Japanese game converted to english (thank you!) with the most precious story and nostalgic artwork. It is an underground respected cult classic game that was also ported to Nintendo Wii (I met the man who up-sampled all the tiles and graphics, it sounds like it was quite the task!) It was a total honor to be standing near greatness and to meet and befriend Pixel (the creator). I also met the creator/head eagle of Angry Birds!!!!!! I even got a yellow Angry Bird toy!! :)


I was interviewed for the 2nd time on Dave Graveline’s “Into Tomorrow” radio show. It was his birthday so I signed a Synaesthesia CD for him. Just 2 years ago was my first time on his radio show. Really great show and awesome guy! I was ALSO interviewed by the Intel SSD team as well as Arti Gupta (Intel) show “Take Five”, and some others! :)

Broadcasting from the Game Developers Conference. Brought to you in part by intel

Each night I went to different industry parties (Nordic, Microsoft, Pyramind, etc.) and just generally met so many people that I can barely keep track. I met the producer at Square Enix London who approached me digitally, ran into Marty O'Donnell (Halo), Jason Hayes (StarCraft, WoW, etc.), Brian Gomez (Jericho, Silent Hill 8). Gloria Soto (whom I know from back in the Interplay days), and of course I really can’t continue this list ,because it reads like a whose-who, and it was just a humble and honor to go to all the parties and say hello to everyone I ran into. I was being pulled left and right by everyone. It was a magic trip, filled with so many familiar faces and supportive peers of my efforts, adventures and projects.


It was great catching up with composers like Tommy Tallarico (we looked back on 2001 when we first worked together at Studio Voodoo), Tom Salta, Sean Beeson, Steve Ouimette (We judged the Guitar Center Drum-Off 2010 AZ store finals), Chuck Carr, Doyle Donehoo, and on and on and on. The GANG awards/party was great! I used to take pictures with everyone and everything I did, I’ve been really lazy lately but this trip made me realize I should get back into taking more pictures again. Posterity and memorables.

Overall everything was great, I was taken care of, and planted a lot of new seeds. Met some great new people and we’ll be working on some amazing new projects. Thanks for reading. :)