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Music Midtown Setup

This weekend is Music Midtown. It is a huge three day long music festival in downtown Atlanta. There are six different stages for concerts and a bunch of other stuff going on all over a giant area. One of the things that is going on is that PlayMotion! is setting up and showing our stuff. We rented a big ass 10,000 lumen Christy projector and a truss stand for it, we are building a 20 foot by 15 foot screen, and we bought a PA system for sound. We're setting it all up on a big tennis court. It's a pretty sweet setup. We've got a tent to cover our stuff and bike rack style crowd barriers to surround it. This means that besides the free all area access passes to this concert (where most people paid $45-$75 for less) we also have our own chill little space to call home base for the weekend. We are going to bring in couches and a cooler with drinks. We even found that we can steal wireless internet from some routers in the houses across the street.

Today we were there starting to get set up. We were testing out the rented projector for the first time, we got our new speakers up and running, and we were building our screen. I love doing this kind of stuff because it is something I think I know more than a lot of people about. I'm not that great or anything, but most computer scientist might not have done this, so in addition to being a coder like the other guys at the office I have a background in construction thanks to drama and booth and in sound and lighting thanks to drama and ABTech. I'm really about the whole show experiences. That's what it is all about for me, entertaining, live. Putting on a show, but an interactive, technological one. I was talking about sound, cabling, counter coiling, and show logistics like a pro. And then when it came to building the screen, booth chair Sparky kicked into action and started figuring out the best way to connect the panel and stand it up and marking, circ sawing, and screwing the extra panels that still needed to be built.

I love this high gear stuff but I have to go to bed because we're waking up early in the morning to get to Home Depot as soon as it opens to buy a few more things. We want to get out there as soon as possible so that we can finish building the screen, set it up, make sure all our technology works, and then spend the rest of the day chillin.