I can’t make it to the 2011 EMP Pop Conference next weekend at UCLA, which is really too bad -- the conference is an unmatched opportunity to catch up with a bunch of fellow obsessives, find out what they’re working on and bask in (mostly) original thinking about music. It’s also just an excellent hang.
Last year’s EMP was, for me, a lot more hectic than most, because I spent a lot of my time in Seattle dashing around to talk to jazz musicians. (This story was the intended result.) In fact I found myself, late on the eve of my presentation, facing down a blank screen. This is standard practice for some EMP regulars -- holla at cha boy, Jody! -- but not the way I usually roll. Thankfully I knew my subject, the above-pictured Pat Metheny Orchestrion, pretty much top to bottom. I pulled an all-nighter and everything was fine.
I say all this now because audio from my presentation has just been made available at iTunes University, free of charge. Click this link, which should open your iTunes. Then scroll down to my name, or item #31. And when you finish with that, check out some of the other presentations. I certainly will -- I know there’s some really good stuff there that I missed the first time around.