“Technology and the Arts” webcast returns with themed shows in 2014

Technology and the ArtsA new, 10-episode season of the “Technology and the Arts” webcast will make its debut at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, and run weekly through Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, on its Web site (http://technologyandthearts.com) and on its YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/technologyandthearts).

Hosted by John LeMasney and Brian Kelley, “Technology and the Arts” explores the connections between technology and art. In 2014, each episode of Technology and the Arts will focus on a specific topic of discussion, such as cord-cutting, art as community service and the “greening” of art through technology. Please see the full schedule at the end of this press release for more information.

“We’ve enjoyed the live aspect of the webcast these past couple of years,” said LeMasney. “This year, instead of talking about several different issues and concepts each episode, we’re going to focus our discussions on a singular topic each week. It should make our discussions more insightful and create a much more engaging experience for our audience.”

Kelley added, “Since we started the webcasts two years ago, we have been experimenting with the format to keep improving the content and quality of our shows. I think these upcoming episodes will be among the best we’ve ever done.”

Technology and the Arts started out as a no-frills podcast in December 2006 and continued as a regular series until December 2008, with a few special episodes appearing beyond that. In fall 2012, LeMasney and Kelley revived the concept as a weekly webcast powered by Google+ Hangouts on Air that were then repurposed as standard, audio podcasts.

Past guests of “Technology and the Arts” include Pandora co-­founder Tim Westergren; famed rock ‘n’ roll producer/engineer and photographer Eddie Kramer; singer-songwriter Christian Beach; and Ge Wang, co­founder of Princeton University’s Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) and popular iPhone/iPad app maker Smule.

Kelley, 43, is a seasoned communications professional, blogger, podcaster, amateur songwriter/musician (the “Technology and the Arts” theme song being one of his creations) and an avid arts, science and technology enthusiast. He also hosts an open-format, interview-based podcast called “Tandem With The Random” (http://tandemwiththerandom.com).

LeMasney, 41, is a technology, design and training consultant as well as a noted speaker in the mid-­Atlantic region. He is also an evangelist for the Open Source and Make movements. For more information on LeMasney’s consulting services, please visit lemasney.com/consulting.

About “Technology and the Arts”

“Technology and the Arts” seeks to explore the connections between technology and art, and to establish a forum for discussing the impact technology has made on the human creative process and on literature, music, and the visual and interactive arts. For more information, visit http://technologyandthearts.com or send an e-mail to technology.arts@gmail.com.

2014 Technology and the Arts Release Schedule

Live Webcast Date (10 p.m. ET)

Topic of Discussion

Audio Podcast Posting Date
9/8/2014 Cord-cutting…a discussion on alternatives to cable television, including streaming media services and devices, such as Chromecast. 9/12/2014
9/15/2014 Art as community service…a look at how art and technology can bring communities together through libraries, co-teaching/co-working opportunities, and events like the popular Art All Night in Trenton, N.J. 9/19/2014
9/22/2014 Technology as creative influence…a talk on how the need for features in creative applications influences and community development as well as how technology can directly inspire creation of artistic works. 9/26/2014
9/29/2014 Science as muse…with a nod to our first episode in 2006, this discussion will focus on the influences and roles science and technology have on artistic works. 10/3/2014
10/6/2014 The global gallery…a look at the various ways technology and digital media platforms allow for the global sharing of creative works. 10/10/2014
10/13/2014 Art as sport…a talk about the competitive aspects of art. 10/17/2014
10/20/2014 Media for the masses…a discussion on the factors that determine the mass adoption of media devices and technologies. 10/24/2014
10/27/2014 STEAM vs STEM…does an artistic element belong in a science, technology, education and mathematics curriculum? 10/31/2014
11/3/2014 Transformation from text to visual and transliteracy, illustrating Fireworks text vs. drawing vs. photo vs. 3D vs. video. 11/7/2014
11/10/2014 The “greening” of art through technology and the pursuit of environmentally responsible, sustainable artistic endeavors. 11/14/2014

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New Jersey Stage makes its debut

New Jersey Stage logoNew Jersey recently saw the debut of a new, online magazine covering the arts throughout the state.

New Jersey Stage contains features on and interviews with artists from the Garden State as well as with national artists performing in the area.

“Two things make the magazine unique,” said Gary Wien, who publishes the magazine through Wine Time Media, in a press release announcing the launch. “One is the way articles come alive with the help of audio and video clips. The other is the way the magazine can be read on any computer, tablet, or even a smart phone. In fact, it’s actually designed to look great for mobile users.”

The debut issue, available now for free at http://www.newjerseystage.com/magazine, includes interviews with:

  • New Jersey musician Jack Skuller who recently was awarded the Holly Prize by the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Comedian Dom Irrera, who is performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City
  • Filmmaker Daniel Goodman, who is currently shooting the film “I’m From New Jersey”
  • Playwright Robert Caisley whose latest work, “Lucky Me,” is being presented at NJ Rep
  • Comedian Colin Quinn who is performing at the Newton Theatre
  • Music industry professional Andrew Curry, who is producing “Here Comes The Reign Again,” a new compilation of classic ‘80s British artists covered by musicians of today

In addition, the issue contains artwork by Rob Tanico, poetry by J. Sales, reviews of the films “Boyhood” and “Grand Central,” an exclusive music video by Bruce Tunkel, a music industry column by Rosemary Conte, and an original comic strip by Gene Pompilio.

“I believe digital magazines are the best way to promote arts-related events,” said Wien, who previously published the popular Upstage Magazine. “Film reviews with actual movie trailers, record reviews with MP3s or music videos, and theatrical productions with scenes from rehearsals or opening night—all enhance the reader’s experience.“

In addition to the monthly publication, the main New Jersey Stage Web site includes news and features on a daily basis at http://www.NewJerseyStage.com.

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

Originally posted on BK's Blog:

Make Music Philly
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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Technology and the Arts – Ep. 70 (03.12.2014)

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 70 (03.12.2014)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 70 (03.12.2014) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted March 10, 2014. This special episode focuses on the 39th edition of the Trenton Computer Festival and includes an interview with festival co-founder and chair Dr. Allen Katz from The College of New Jersey, where the event will take place March 15. We also discuss the return of Cosmos to television, Marvel’s Netflix deal and Hoopla, a relatively new library-based streaming media service…and more! File size: 16.2 MB. Time: 1 hr., 5 min., 45 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

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Special webcast Monday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET

Hello again…it’s been awhile, but John LeMasney and Brian Kelley will be returning with a special webcast Monday, March 10, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET. Tune into this web site or our YouTube channel to watch.

In addition to talking about the latest topics dealing with technology and art, John and Brian will be focusing on the 39th edition of the Trenton Computer Festival (TCF) taking place Saturday, March 15, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. John will be speaking at the festival, presenting a talk on how technology can help you develop your personal brand.

Within 48 hours of the webcast, an edited version will be repurposed into a standard, audio-only podcast that will include an excerpt of an interview Brian recently conducted with TCF co-founder and chair, Dr. Allen Katz, for his Tandem With The Random podcast.

Free streaming media via Hoopla and your library card



After we wrapped up the Fall 2013 season of Technology and the Arts, we were made aware of a recently launched media streaming service called Hoopla that allows those with library cards at participating libraries to stream digital music, video and audiobooks for free. According to Hoopla’s web site, users can “gain access to thousands of titles—available for instant streaming or temporary download—and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer.”

The list of participating libraries is currently on the small side, but if your library isn’t listed, tell the staff about Hoopla so it can find out more about the service and, perhaps, become a participant.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye on Hoopla’s development and discuss it when Technology and the Arts returns in 2014.