In 2007 I developed a visual identity for Linux Audio Conference 2008, including logo and generative posters. Visual key element is an absurd and highly interconnected musical instrument. This so called LAC Machine is generated from a pool of micro illustrations automated with the kind help of GNU’s Bourne-Again SHell and Processing.
The Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, is proud to host the Linux Audio Conference 2008, where once a year programmers and artists, musicians, composers and practioneers gather to discuss and explore new and important developments in making music and sounds with Linux and Open Source software. *
apt-get install and start samba on the laptop smb-client over ethernet for the daw to get to the laptop to get to exchange some files, open two or three more terminal windows for mutt, iceweasel, the latter for the ardour manual. ardour now running on the daw, monitor the microphone input and in another terminal updatedb to locate some old audiofiles, for importing. open skype, ah, i know, ideologically dubious, but at least some telecom giant is not getting my moola. make voice-over-internet call, send email, read manual, record a poem. transfer files, strum guitar, actually all this running simultaneously on two linked machines with 5 or 6 open terminals. now this, for me, is linux. if not alan turings universal machine. this is the possibility to think through the local area network, make music, take notes, do research, learn and experience. but, and i realize, perhaps beyond the linux effect, or maybe another part of, it is the fact that all this is made possible through a social context, where friendship and help can be found. and interestingly the very two people who made so much of what i just described doable for me are the same two people who have taken the responsibility for putting together this conference. therefore i owe more than a special thanks for martin rumori and frank barknecht, for keeping me on the path, for putting together this wonderfull gathering and for generally being extremely nice people to know.