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Saturday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Musical Storytelling: Messing with Other People's Emotions

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Like nothing else in the world, music has the ability to change how we feel. Notes and words are just the start. We are going to talk about how things fit together: notes, words, pacing, instruments, venue, personality, volume, tension, beauty, and half a hundred other things all go into making an experience that changes how people feel. What exactly goes into effective musical communication? Let's find out!

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Kevin MacLeod

Kevin MacLeod, a composer known for his Creative Commons licensed royalty-free music, has a catalog of more than two thousand songs. By giving away his music, he has unwittingly become one of the most heard composers in the world. From KFC commercials to Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Kevin has amassed thousands of media and film credits; his work has appeared in millions of Youtube videos. His website is incompetech.com.

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Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doom.t.ree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds are... Read More →
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John Darnielle

John Darnielle is the author of Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and plays in the Mountain Goats. He reflects often on how his life might have been different had he succeeded in his quest to finish the NES side-scroller Ninja Gaiden III: the Ancient Ship of Doom, the one where the hawks fly at you when you’re trying to navigate a bunch of rotted bridges and planks across a body of water, and they knock you into the water, and... Read More →
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Paul Sabourin

Paul, Paul and Storm
Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original comedy music (often with a “nerd-ish” bent). In addition to their own live performances, they are co-founders of the geek-oriented variety show w00tstock, along with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, and co-produce JoCo Cruise. The duo’s original webseries musical, “LearningTown&ldquo... Read More →
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Zak Sally

Zak Sally is an Eisner-Nominated cartoonist (Recidivist and Sammy The Mouse), writer, musician (Low, The Hand), educator, and he is not an actor but was in some movie pretending to urinate. He is the founder and owner of La Mano 21, a “micro-press” publishing house obsessed with handmade and/or inscrutable art books, zines, and objects. He is currently writing a prose novel about his misspent youth, as well as a comic book biography... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 101 DE