Happy Easter — and happy almost EMP Pop Conference

Work is starting to ease off a bit on a variety of fronts — I’ve just finished up a variety of reviews yesterday as well as a forthcoming Ladytron interview and story — and that’ll mean more blogging here in the near future, most specifically to do with my forthcoming trip to Seattle for the 2009 EMP Pop Conference, which runs from this Thursday to the following Sunday.

Last year I rather impulsively attempted to blog what I could from the conference and ended up with a swathe of notes and more — if you go to this post here you’ll find links to all of them, while this post contains some last reflections. This year I expect that to go a little more smoothly due to the fact that WordPress has a useful iPhone applet interface now which wasn’t available at the time of last year’s conference, which should mean, if not full live blogging — the EMP building is a bit notorious for various deadspots in terms of wireless coverage — then regularly updated blogs throughout the day. As before, this will only be a taster of the full thing — there are almost always four separate panels going on at once and by default any report from any attendee can talk about just a quarter of what’s going on.

That said, though, there’s an ambitious plan in effect that was talked about over on ILM by Carl Wilson, who’s on the planning committee for this year’s conference. To quote him from there:

…we’ve made arrangements with iTunes to post video of all the sessions to their new “iTunes U” section, as well as to YouTube for non-iTunes users. It’s a big leap in bringing all the great research, thinking and jokes that come out of the conference every year to a broader public.

For that, though, we need a small army of videographers, and there’s no real budget for it unfortunately, aside from compensating people for any equipment costs. So if you guys know (or are) digital-video-camera enthusiasts in the Seattle area who might be able to volunteer a few hours (or a few dozen hours!) to contribute to the effort, it’d be great if you could put them in touch with me and the rest of the programming committee.

The conference this year is April 16-19 and we particularly need people Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6:30 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 12:30 pm.

I’m sure at least party invitations would flow, not to mention a resume item and eternal glory in music-nerd heaven.

Needless to say this would be a treat for everyone — attendees or not — as a way to finally catch up on the whole conference. However as noted it needs the help of those who are able to bring equipment and video skills to bear — if you fall into that category and are available, do let me know and I’ll be happy to put you in contact with Carl.

More on the conference as it approaches; I’ll hope to be more-or-less live blogging Nona Hendryx’s keynote appearance as it happens on Thursday night. After that, the floodgates will be very much open!


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