So, what did we think of it? It was cool to meet studio32 and raboof but I haven't met any of the others (Yeri, pianolivier). I had a great time listening to all the devs of the software I use and like so much. Isn't it amazing to go to a conference where major developers and end-users are attending workshops and presentations together?
I especially liked the Ambisonics workshop of Jörn Nettingsmeier, which he actually did kind of together with Fons Adriaensen, and the presentation of Fernando Lopez-Lescano on the OpenMixer set-up at Stanton University. And the meeting on the future of LAC, Malte Steiner bashing Apple, Jörn Nettingsmeier building bridges and taking them down again, Fons Adriaensen making it crystal clear what it's all about and Rui Nuno Capela modestly and quietly sitting back in his chair. Studio32, you had the chance to talk to him, he seems a really nice guy actually, like all the devs if you ask me. I would've loved to talk to the guy but I didn't spot him earlier. And wasn't it weird seeing Lennart Poettering defending PulseAudio almost like a politician? With Pieter Palmers from FFADO wholeheartedly disagreeing?
Yeah, I had a great weekend. Learned a lot, but I also learned that I already know so much about all Linux audio related stuff, both on the technical and the practical side. I wanted to do a presentation this year but because I'm about to become a dad I didn't contribute anything. Maybe next year, but it depends where LAC2011 will be held. Probably in Europe again, possible candidates that were mentioned were Graz, Paris, Lyon and Parma. I'd like to do a presentation on the practical use of Linux audio software, but not like Lieven Moors did it. That was an overview of the possibilities and I want to focus on how to use these possibilities in a music production.
The organisation also mentioned engaging communities like LinuxMusicians. They would like to see and hear more music, products and concerts actually made with Linux. That part was now too much filled in with stuff made on Macs. And they really want to hear something else than electro-acoustic stuff, but more poprock and dance orientated stuff.
There were some drawbacks of course, first of all the Mac controversy as pointed out by Malte Steiner and second, unsurprisingly for me, the little number of end-users attending the conference, especially the Dutch ones. I've asked studio32 about it and we both agreed that there are like 5 people actively working with Linux audio over here. So it's all about awareness (quoting Malte Steiner again), we should work on that, getting more people to know and like making music with Linux. Next year I don't want to be the only one that's dragging around his mobile gear, next year I want to do something with it!
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