The End

Hi there. It looks like we’ve come to the end of the road for Technology and the Arts. John LeMasney is venturing off to a whole new way of life — and good luck to him — so that means there will be no new content being produced under the Technology and the Arts brand.

I am hoping to relaunch my Tandem With The Random podcast at some point in the near-future, so you can follow me over there. And every now and then, I’ll post some interesting, relevant items to the TechArts Facebook page and Twitter account. But, after 80 total podcasts and webcasts dating back to December 2006, the era of Technology and the Arts — as an episodic entity — is over.

Thank you to those who have followed us over the years — and to those who were guests on the podcast/webcast. It was truly an honor.



Programming alert: Tonight’s webcast rescheduled for 10 pm ET Tuesday

Apologies for the late notice, but tonight’s planned live webcast of Technology and the Arts has been rescheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 14) at 10 p.m. ET.

The good news is that the unexpected downtime means those long-overdue podcast versions of the last two webcasts should be available tonight.

We hope you’ll tune in tomorrow night for our live show. Thanks!

Technology and the Arts: Series 3, Ep. 1 – 09.08.201

Technology and the Arts: Series 3, Ep. 1 – 09.08.2014

Featured topic: Cord-cutting

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New season of Technology and the Arts is just 2 weeks away!

Remember, a new season of Technology and the Arts, with John LeMasney and Brian Kelley, is just two weeks away. Our third, 10-episode series of live webcasts begins Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET.

So, of course, allow me to share with all of you a little techno thing I wrote and recorded a year or two ago…and then added a bunch of LeMasney outtakes from the old days (2006-08) of the Technology and the Arts podcast. Good times!

Help ‘Make Music Philly’ stage 300 free live music events on June 21

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In the latest installment of my Tandem With The Random podcast, I interview Natalie Diener, coordinator of Make Music Philly , a campaign to bring 300 free live music events throughout Philadelphia as part of World Music Day on June 21, 2014.

To do this, Make Music Philly has set up a Kickstarter campaign to hopefully raise $20,000…but the deadline is THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11, at 1:33 p.m. ET. A donation of just $10 will get you a Make Music Philly kazoo! How could you not want that?! Come on, Philly! Part with $10, get 300 free live music shows all over the city on June 21…AND you can play that kazoo as you make your way from show to show.

Become a Make Music Philly backer today!

And while you visit the MMP Kickstarter page, feel free to listen to the latest Tandem With The Random podcast below.


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Remembering my Ensoniq ESQ-1 and early musical experiments

Technology and the Arts co-host Brian Kelley looks back at 25 years of professional synthesizer ownership…all the while playing nothing like a professional.

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BK_c1990_keybdrig001It dawned on me recently that this year (most likely, back in February) marked the 25th anniversary of my first purchase of a professional synthesizer…an Ensoniq ESQ-1 workstation (the image accompanying this post was taken around 1989 and includes the ESQ-1 and some later purchases: an Ensoniq Mirage sampling keyboard, a Roland U-20 synth, a Kawai Q-80 sequencer and an Alesis HR-16 drum machine).

The track below is a very rough recording of a song that was one of the first things I created using the sounds and sequencing capability of the ESQ-1…so the sound quality is poor and the song is pretty terrible. It just represents a trip down memory lane…when I thought music would be my life and I wanted to be the next Howard Jones.

By the way, I still have the ESQ-1 and all the other equipment, too…PLUS, an Alesis QS6.1 synth that I bought…

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Watch a rocket go from Virginia to the moon tonight*

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The inaugural launch of a Minotaur V rocket is scheduled for tonight at 11:27 p.m. EDT. The rocket will lift off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast and will carry the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission to the moon.

The launch should be visible to many in the mid-Atlantic and northeast United States, including most of us here in New Jersey. Just look to the southeast 10-20 degrees above the horizon (central NJ should see it about 15 degrees above the horizon) one or two minutes after launch (obviously, there could be delays…or even a scrub for various reasons).

Detailed instructions on how to view the launch from your location

Follow @nasa_wallops on Twitter or follow the latest mission updates before you stake out your preferred viewing location.


(Photo: NASA Wallops/Patrick Black)



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I grew up at the Jersey Shore and—admittedly—I’ve spent a good chunk of my adult life trying to leave it behind. But even though I never really thought of myself as a “shore person,” it was where I was raised…and it will always be a part of me. Seeing the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last week drove this point home to me—and I regret that it took something so horrible to make me see that.

Anyway, I felt a need to express some appreciation for the REAL Jersey Shore—not the manufactured crap produced by MTV—in song. Yeah, it kind of took on the form of a cliché-filled anthem, but that’s always been my Achilles’ heel as a songwriter…I start out with an interesting idea and immediately turn it into commercialized cheese. But I assure you, my heart was in the right place with this.

Then again, I guess when…

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