Friday, September 23, 2016

Justin Lassen / Intel / VR at AGC 2016 in Austin!

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I have become the audio designer for an award winning new Virtual Reality musical instrument from my friends at developer Chronosapien some fellow Intel Innovators (Justin Link and Ryan Clark! [pics of us at Siggraph 2016 this year!]) I was invited to AGC 2016 to showcase this new VR experience being called “the tiltbrush of audio.” by judges and audience and people playing with it at the booth, which is a huge honor! I’ve been working in VR for 4-5 years back when all these headsets were just NDA circuit boards and behind the scenes future technology and I love that I’m working on a dream project. It has been an honor to join this team!

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Innovator Ryan Clark performing music with the new instruments I designed for this experience! So cool to see him be creative instantly with the sounds!

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VR developer and innovator Tim Porter checking out our Shapesong VR experience! (he’s also got an awesome VR experience he’s showcasing at the Intel booth too where you jump off a building and face your fears! It felt real!!)

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Intel community manager Josh Bancroft taking a shot of Cindi checking out our VR app!

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I met Tadgh Kelly, the director of developer relations for VREAL, an awesome platform for VR apps! He was so cool and super down to work with us!

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Finn (co-founder of TheWaveVR) showing me his DJ VR application, which is totally sick. I have been coining it “the serato of the future” at the show. :)

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Hanging out after the show! The entire TheWaveVR team are amazing people. Every single one of them is a musician and just “gets it”. Finn is a super bad ass. Found out we’re both Razer family too.

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software engineer at TheWaveVR and musician Zach Sheppard! I loved that Zach immediatly took interest in me as a musician and composer outside of anything VR, that means a lot to me! Finn and Zach also from Portalarium (aka Lord British aka Richard Garriott) Here’s me and Lord British hanging at E3 last year: when I showed him The Walking Dead VR and Adr1ft VR experiences for the first time when I was doing stuff with Starbreeze.)

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Me and Aaron Lemke (other co-founder of TheWaveVR), we hit it off and they are interested in me doing audio stuff with them! Cool!

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I know I look weird but I’m looking at this new AR experience in these portable projection glasses, controlling it from that tiny little android based device in my hand. I look funny!

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Ryan checking out the experience too.

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I first met Pepper at SXSW 2016 when I was DJing there! Here we are again! This time she was some kind of tennis tournament expert. :)

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Me and Josh (outside) surround the Underminer Studios development team! (Tim and Alex!) Something tells me we will be working more together after this event! Super happy to have become friends with these people! Josh took us all out to a Brazilian restaurant which was amazing!

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Sierra is awesome, she’s part of the GPU tools team, and actually they even helped us optimize and analyze our VR app right there in the booth! The Intel tools team is one of the best in the world and it was so cool to put our app through the paces.

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Ryan sitting down while our app gets grilled by the Intel analyzers!

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This is Estevan Aviles, he is the SXSW Gaming Community guy, and it was rad to meet with him about future collaborations with SXSW! I’ve been to 3 SXSW’s so far in my life as a DJ and technologist and I am excited to do more! Thank you Estevan for saying hi and connecting!

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Michael Wilson from Time Golf Squad, showing me his cool pixel art retro throw back game! Cool guy, Intel innovator and sweet game! Thank you for showing it to me!

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Of course Graeme Devine (industry legend) from Magic Leap is giving his awesome Keynote talk. I loved what he had to say about the future of AR and what it should be, and what it shouldn’t be. Important differences.

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Curious what Austin 6th street looks like when its not SXSW? Very very different.

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Cindi from Intel and me hanging out. We’ve done many events together but it was really cool for me to talk with her more and I can’t wait to do more stuff with her and her team! I’m grateful for all the experiences they share with me, to help me become the bad ass I dream to be. Thank you to Cafelli too for making sure everything was handled! I love you all!

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My “Razer” “Blade” going through TSA security at the airport. I also switched to a clear backpack to make travel through airports easier. Rocking my PreSonus Studio192 Mobile, Samson Graphite m25 and Samson headphones on this trip to power my portable audio studio.

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Pretty slick, portable, light and still powerful as ****. Smile

There were lots of other talks, experiences and things I checked out. I don’t have pics of everything, if you got one, let me know! Follow me on Instagram and  Twitter too because I’m more active on those. Lately instagram. :)