Goodbye Apple. Hello Alberta School of Business!

I guess it’s about time I men­tion it broadly, rather than simply hint at it or just let a few folk know.

As of the end of the month, I’ll be leav­ing my very cool and amaz­ing world-class fam­ily at Apple retail and join­ing the team at the Alberta School of Busi­ness at the Uni­ver­sity of Alberta.

It wasn’t an easy decision, leav­ing the industry-lead­ing unique cul­ture of Apple retail. But it basic­ally boiled down to life­style; I wanted my week­ends and even­ings back to spend time with my fam­ily.

I leave with very fond memor­ies. Apple is an amaz­ing organ­iz­a­tion. I con­sider it a per­son­al priv­ilege that I was able to learn and grow with­in, and per­haps help influ­ence and con­trib­ute to the growth oth­ers.

Yes, I’ll miss the people and the unique Apple cul­ture.

In my new role at the Alberta School of Busi­ness, I’ll be work­ing with the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions teams to bring my social media, PR and com­mu­nic­a­tions know­ledge to bear on the School’s stra­tegic plans. Sim­il­ar to what I’ve done with the AMA, Empire Aven­ue and BioWare.

So, yes, bit­ter­sweet, and full of prom­ise and excite­ment!

I can’t wait!

A sid­e­note: it’s very cool when the Dean of the school fol­lows you on Linked­In and you’ve not even star­ted yet! Reas­sur­ing, in fact.

WeeklyBeats7 — Cold Night

Cov­er for my latest sub­mis­sion to Weekly­Beats 2014. Wanted to go for an atmo­spher­ic sound again, some­thing more ambi­ent. Maybe this worked. Maybe not, but it came out as a com­plete unit. Also tried stick­ing to a small ‘band’. In this case used instru­ments from SampleTank: Blue Phaser elec­tric piano, Xpander Phat synth pad, Cos­mic Pad synth pad, and Min­im­oog echo 2 synth lead.

Also brought in some Abstract Atmo­sphere 50 from Gar­age­band — which I used as my DAW.

Image is from some­thing I took out the win­dow a bunch of years ago. Loved the light pil­lars in the minus 40 weath­er.

WeeklyBeats5 — The Conversation

My latest sub­mis­sion to Weekly­Beats 2014. Had a lot of tech­nic­al chal­lenges with this one. Slower beat required more con­sid­er­a­tion of instru­ment selec­tion and place­ment. Also had to get vari­ous samples to sound ‘good’ at this beat and dis­covered the mud­di­ness that can be intro­duced by tweak­ing the sample fre­quency. Not a great tune, but a great learn­ing exper­i­ence.

Nova­tion Launch­pad, Thor, Gar­age­Band provided the tech and zing. Café.mp3 sample cour­tesy of moson on FreeSound.org

Experiment in Atmospherice

Week Three
Well, I was dis­ap­poin­ted that I didn’t have more time for my third (weekly) sub­mis­sion to Weekly­Beats — but it’s my own fault that I let my time get away from me this week.

In the time I had, I man­aged to stitch togeth­er a few tracks and make a sal­vage­able attempt at an atmo­spher­ic bit. Per­haps some­thing that would work as a back­ground track to movie cred­its or a video game mood set­ter.

Any­way, give it a listen and I’d appre­ci­ate your feed­back.

And you can review all my tracks here — at my Weekly­Beats page.

Flightline

The latest image for an upcom­ing com­pos­i­tion exer­cise with Weekly­Beats. It’s fun to make the music AND envi­sion an album cov­er for the tune. Image cap­tured with my iPhone and edited with my iPad.

Flight­line should be is live on the WeeklyBeats.com site Janu­ary 12th around 5pm MST now.