Kickstarter Campaign Nears Close and A Road Trip

Until you try your own Kickstarter campaign, it’s impossible to express how crazy things can get during the different phases of a project. With only 18 hours to go, the number of backers continues to creep upwards. I want to thank my good friend Geoff Tully of the DVDList for his rousing call to arms last evening on the list…I have a lot of friends out there in DVD land. After all, AIX Media Group produced and released the very first DVD-Video discs in the United States back in the spring of 1997. And almost 20 years later, I just complete another one for the Cancer Blows people.

As I continue to get notices on additional backers (the number stands at 770), I’m starting to think that it’s possible to get to the second stretch goal by the deadline tomorrow morning. When Charlie wakes me up and demands a morning Frisbee session or ride around the neighborhood, the final hour will be upon us. We’ll just have to see…I’m pretty much done trying to spread the word. I promise, no more posts about the campaign…at least until I get close to the release of the book and disc.

Tomorrow is also the start of an international road trip that’s been in the works for several months. Thanks to the designer of the Liztic software music player, Michael Demmer, I’ve been invited by the University of Mainz to present a series of workshops on High-end music recording & mixing in 5.1 Surround Sound.

I’ve participated in lots of international events in the past (Bogota, Paris, Tokyo, London…) but this will be first one in Germany. I’m very pleased to be able to share some information AND hold a daylong recording seminar. We’ll actually be recording a small ensemble in their main music auditorium in high-resolution and preparing it in 5.1 surround. If any of you are near Zurich or Mainz, send me an email…it might be possible to meet briefly.

I’ve never taken time away from my own university commitments and even now I haven’t prepared all of the materials I need to give to my fellow faculty members that will be taking care of my classes. There are three midterms scheduled for Monday…that I haven’t started. It may be a long evening.

If you didn’t get a chance to take a look at the Leo Laporte interview that was posted yesterday, your can visit the “Triangulation” site by clicking here. This was the first time I’ve been on Leo’s show. The whole thing lasted over an hour…I guess he was interested in what I had to say.

I’ve got to run to the university…see you tomorrow. If you can help the campaign get to the stretch goal, it would be appreciated. Thanks.


Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called iTrax.com. A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

2 thoughts on “Kickstarter Campaign Nears Close and A Road Trip

  • The Triangulation show was very enjoyable! I hadn’t watched it before and was surprised at Leo’s knowledge of a wide variety of music and hi fi in general. I believe you really got the hi-rez picture and the idea of provenance threw to him and acquired a good allie in promotion.

  • Joe Whip

    Enjoy Zurich, it is a great city. LOved my time there. Check out a performance at the Opera House. It has stunning acoustics.


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