Reactable is an object based musical platform that uses the shapes of objects on a multi-touch like surface to create musical patterns and effects. They have now made a mobile version for iPod, iPhone and iPad. How cool is that?
Music has been a fundamental passion for me since childhood. Growing up, I was a woodwind player. In high school I learned about the WX7 wind controller which broadened my musical interests into MIDI, synthesis and sampling. Subsequently, I was introduced to electonic music and started mixing in the early 90s in the Los Angeles underground dance music scene under the moniker DJ Mojo. I was rewarded with several high profile residencies including What? afterhours, Insomniac and F.A.M.I.L.Y. and have also been a featured guest for many other Los Angeles event productions including Fresh Produce, Audiotistic, as well as the early Nocturnal Wonderland and Electric Daisy Carnival festivals, to name a few. I've gigged in several other cities including Denver, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Writing record reviews for the magazines Net.Werk and Lotus was also an honor and a privilege.
I still DJ recreationally and work on music in my spare time. I enjoy a very eclectic taste in music which spans multiple genres. I grew up on classical, jazz, classic rock and yes, even some disco. I came of age with new wave, funk, punk, industrial, hip hop, reggae and alternative. I've spun a wide variety of styles including breaks, downtempo, house, old school techno and drum & bass. And I've matured by both opening my mind to good music regardless of style and trying to follow the history and roots of all the music I love back to the influences and roots. For me, a good set isn't just about mixing good records well, but taking the listener on a journey and telling a complete story.
I'm currently working in the IT field and am working towards finishing my B.A. in Computer Systems with a minor in Recording Arts. Programming music software and developing new music interfaces is of interest to me now. This blog is intended to highlight some of my project work, including the virtual theremin software I programmed in Java using the Wii remote, as well as anything interesting and techy related to music software, performance, programming, production or the DJ craft. This will also serve as a repository for me to showcase my mixes and tracks and pay homage to some of the artists and DJs who have been influential to me along the way.