Join Us at Music Tectonics!

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Art+Logic is sponsoring and presenting at Music Tectonics on October 27th and 28th. The virtual conference, with engaging and enticing presenters, promises me the opportunity to slip back into a world I once knew well and vicariously experience the road not travelled.

When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1997, I worked at a music publishing company in Film & Television licensing. I had the opportunity to learn, in the trenches, quite a bit about the art and business of music.

At the time, the industry was grappling with its response to how it would monitor, license, and monetize music on the Internet and I was looking up ownership on a glowing green fonted AS400. Through the office would walk some major names in music and I found some of my favorite musicians fishing through the pile of CDs left on the breakroom table by the music supervision company who sublet some of our offices.

Now, 20 years later, I’m re-entering that world but — as life so often does – from a place I would never have been able to predict as I drove from my house in the Valley to 9300 Wilshire each day.

This time, I know exactly — from a software development perspective — what an AS400 is and I also know intimately the landscape of developing audio, music, and Pro-Audio software solutions. Art+Logic will be discussing how to engage with a development company on your software (and hardware) concept. Our team will include expert MIDI 2.0 advisors, account managers, audio plug-in developers, and folks who have had the honor to work with Gibson, ECHO, Roland, Antares, Cakewalk, Yamaha, Line6 and Alesis.

During another session in the conference, Brett Porter will be moderating a panel on how technological advances have been effectively used to change the way we make and listen to music, leading to new forms of creativity in music composition and production. I am excited to learn how technology, once perhaps seen as the enemy of music, is leading the way in the democratization of its authoring, production, and distribution.

We look forward to answering your questions, offering some feedback, and maybe helping you take the next step in actualizing your transformative ideas in music technology.

I hope to see you there!

The Sunsetting of Python 2x

Sunsetting Python2 image

“Sunsetting.”

It sounds so pleasant — a sky of golden rays flanked by purples and reds and oranges. The end of the day.

Or, for software developers, the end of life of a technology or version of that technology that can, depending on the prevalence of the technology, invoke feelings of concern, dread, or even near-panic.

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The Impact of “Robles v Domino’s Pizza” on Web and Mobile Applications

Cover image of court decision for Robles v Dominos Accessibility Case

On January 15th, the 9th District Court ruled against Domino’s Pizza in a case that, if you are paying attention, telegraphs a topic that should be on every website, web application and mobile application developer’s mind.

The court found that websites, web applications, and mobile applications were, indeed, mediums covered under the ADA, which ensures that people with disabilities enjoy parity of access with able-bodied individuals. (more…)

Digging In The Dirt: 27 Years Of Project Data

Art+Logic Trantor

About 10 years ago, Art+Logic christened its homebuilt project tracking and management system. At our Annual Conference that year, we voted on the name “Trantor.” I’m not a sci-fi nut like most of my colleagues but apparently the name comes from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series. Trantor was a planet which, in Asimov’s world, was at the center of the galaxy. Although I haven’t read the series, I do love that our company continues to celebrate and imbue in its culture all things geek.

We migrated all of our old project data over to Trantor and since then have been using the robust application as the backbone to our proprietary project management technique. It is a massive enterprise application, integrated with every division here at Art+Logic and, at this time, rightfully embodies its namesake. (more…)

Zen and the Art of Working with Internal Teams

Zen Image as metaphor for collaboration

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many internal development teams in my career in software development. For our company, working in partnership with internal development teams is, in fact, a common project type. Clients call on our particular services for any number of reasons but the most common are to a) increase development traction or b) supplement core internal skills with outside development expertise.

We’ve worked with internal teams comprised of a single developer as well as internal development teams for vast, multinational tech companies with internal departments that dwarf our entire company. (more…)