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The Price of Paper

Most of you know by now that I started my career in music, and more specifically classical music. I was a trombone soloist, whatever that means, and one of my first jobs when I was in high school was working for my private teacher, David Marlatt, who also ran a music publishing business called Eighth Note Publications (ENP Music). I learned a lot from David, both about music and performance (since he was my private teacher) and about business. Over a number of years, I had many different roles at ENP Music, from doing general tech support stuff, building some […]

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Behind the Curtain with Zoe Sandoval

Hi all, Elburz here for a quick intro. I had the pleasure of meeting Zoe years ago in Los Angeles and Zoe gave me a wonderful tour of the UCLA REMAP facilities. Since then, we’ve kept in touch over the years. Zoe has been really delivering some amazing projects and creating a lot of really great writing about immersive design, interactive tech, and TouchDesigner. I thought it would be really cool to share some of that with you in this post Zoe made especially for our eyes that goes over the many different aspects of a project named { remnants […]

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Stop selling features

It would be sensationalist of me to say “this is the biggest mistake most people make” but it wouldn’t be far from the truth. It’s also one of the most common things I see when I review quotes by other folks in our industry just starting out. Once you have an amazing portfolio and a reputation, you can basically say whatever you want, but until that point you still have to try to push through quotes and make them seem exciting and appealing in as many ways as possible. So what is the issue that I’m talking? Selling features on […]

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Winning the long game with Dusty Stevenson

Every few years I have small revelations and learn new things. The first few years of my career were all about technical revelations, learning programming and procedural workflows. The few years after that were learning the business ropes and how to negotiate rates and deal with contracts. The last few years of my career have been more humbling. After years of working day and night, I reached record levels of fatigue and different kinds of burn out. All because I didn’t really think about taking care of myself. No one talks about it! How would I know? People talk about […]

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TouchDesigner | New Features | Bindings with Matthew Ragan

Hi folks, Elburz here. This week we have the pleasure of having Matthew Ragan guest post a great article he wrote on TouchDesigner’s new Binding feature here. Matthew Ragan is of course not an unfamiliar name for anyone in the TouchDesigner scene, but I highly recommend checking out his website and blog if you have here. Enjoy! Spring time is lots of things – flowers, holidays, vigorous allergies, and the TouchDesigner Spring Update. For the second year running this is the time of year that features graduate from just being in experimental to being full fledged stable release features. Wowza. […]

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