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OSCON has always had a history of incorporating music into the conferences, either with Gibson guitars in the expo hall or with Music BOFs that became jam-sessions. For the past couple of Open Source Bridge conferences, I led sessions called “Geek Choir”, in which attendees with widely varying levels of singing expertise (and no advance preparation) came together to talk about the intersection of music and geek culture and to sing multi-part compositions.
In this presentation, we will discuss the history of “Geek Choir”, talk about the benefits of music and singing for open source developers, share tips and tools for duplicating “Geek Choir” (or for seeking out or creating local musical groups), cite online public domain music repositories (and open source tools for managing/arranging music), and, of course, sing.
Michael Brewer is an Application Programmer Specialist for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and serves on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he created and maintains. A speaker at OSCON in 2011, 2012, and 2014, he is also on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds dual degrees in Mathematics and in Music from The University of Georgia. A member of ASCAP, he conducts the oldest continually operating community band in the state of Georgia; he has arranged music for orchestra, band, chorus, and has even composed incidental music for plays and musicals.
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