Get inside the heads of (left to right) guitarist Joe Gore, producer/musician COUNT, and musician/circuit bender Chachi Jones, among others, at a new Macworld event.

I’m excited to be hosting a new event at Macworld Expo called the Music and Technology Symposium. It’s a day-long intensive event during which top Mac musicians will share their creative secrets and talk about all areas and all levels of music production. The confirmed lineup includes a broad range of people, from producer COUNT (DJ Shadow, Radiohead, Halou) to guitarist Joe Gore (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey), producer/composer Walt Szalva of Planet-3 Studios (Neil Young, Paul McCartney), and musician, circuit bender, and writer Chachi Jones (Robotspeak, TapeOp). We’ll cover the basics of setting up music production techniques that work, for beginners and advanced users alike, and also talk about musical issues and how to unstop your creative process and work in a way that’s personally satisfying. Most of the panel (myself included) write about technology as well as use it in our music, and the day will be filled with demos and mini-performances. (Yes, I am on vacation, but this was too important not to share … more on the artists soon, as it’s getting to be an interesting lineup!)

The event runs all day (9-4) Friday, January 12, 2007 at Macworld in San Francisco:

Musicians and Technology Market Symposium [Macworld Conference & Expo Site]
Registration Details (Use code D-CDM; details below)

If you’re in the San Francisco area or thinking about Macworld, we have a special discount which you can apply to the symposium a la carte or to a whole exposition registration (several of which also include the music symposium). In addition to the symposium, Berklee College of Music and MusicPlayer network (Keyboard, GuitarPlayer, EQ, and so on) will be staging workshops on the show floor, I’ll be chatting about my book at the Peachpit Press booth and presenting a workshop on interactive visuals, and there will be the usual workshops on Logic, GarageBand, and more. It should be a fantastic show for musicians.

You do need to register soon, though, to take advantage of the discount:

CDM Macworld Expo Discount

Here are the details and (importantly) deadlines for receiving the special CDM discount. You can apply the 15% conference package discount to the music market symposium (symposium SD). The earlier you register, though, the better. If you just want to see the show floor, the CDM code will get you in free as long as you pre-register by 12/11 (though, of course, I think the symposium should be a great event).

  1. Conference package discount: receive a 15% discount off all conference packages through the show, January 12, 2007.
  2. Exhibit Hall Only pass: Free until December 11, 2006. After December 11, enjoy the discounted rate of $25 through the show, January 12, 2006.
  3. To receive your special discount you may pre-register with Priority Code: D-CDM via the Macworld Conference & Expo Web site at

On-line registration is available throughout the event ending January 12, 2007. All Exhibit Hall Only attendees who pre-register by December 11, 2006 will receive their Macworld Conference & Expo badge prior to the start of the event. All who pre-register after December 11 must pick up their badge credentials at the Attendee Will Call Area in The Moscone Center.

During the show, you may register on-line or on site. IF YOU CHOOSE TO REGISTER ON SITE, YOU MUST BRING THIS LETTER with you to receive the discount. Without this letter on site you will not be given the special registration discount. [Ed.: Print out this story and you should be okay, or better yet, pre-register -PK].

This offer is valid for one new registration only. This offer may not be duplicated, redeemed for cash, or used in conjunction with any other offer. All registrations are non-refundable and credentials are non-transferable.

About the Symposium Artists:

Electronic trio Halou

Joe Gore
Guitarist, music technologist, writer, novelist, editor of Guitar Player (regular with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, recorded with Lisa Germano, Courtney Love, Tracy Chapman, John Cale, many more)

Producer, electronic musician, drummer (Radiohead, DJ Shadow, New Order, No Doubt, others); founding member of Deep Blue Something (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), member of Halou (touring band and producers/remix artists, #1 Billboard remix hit, Frank Sinatra, Run DMC, others)

Walt Szalva
Owner/operator Planet-3 Studios (Neil Young, Paul McCartney, countless others), composer and producer, technology writer (NPR, others)

Chachi Jones
Electronic musician, circuit bender, writer (Robotspeak, TapeOp)

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