The Story of Logan Spencer

Blog Assignment: Project

Many of you have or have had mashup project in your one of your classes. Blog about this process. Share the processes you used, experiences you had, trials you’ve overcome, etc… Share with us your work in progress or a finished work if you have it.

Mixing & mashups are something I have been doing as a club DJ for years now.  What seems like forever ago, I had a dream to become a DJ/Producer.  I had no idea where to start, just that I knew I loved music and someday I wanted to control music for myself.  I think that’s the hardest part, at least it was for me; where exactly does someone start?  It was after a trip to San Diego, CA with my friends over Memorial Day weekend.  We went out to a club one night and I swear I didn’t leave that dance floor.  At the end of the night I waited to give my praise to the DJ.  When I thanked him for a job very well done he just looked at me and stated, “I saw you out there, you can feel music too… have you ever thought about DJing before?”  
 
When I got home all I could think about was what he told me.  I then realized that the only way I will ever realize my dream is by working for it.  I downloaded the trial version of Virtual DJ and just worked at it.  It was very, very hard at first.  You almost have to retrain the way you listen to music, breaking down the structure. I also had to learn about keys and harmonies, learning about what sounds good together… and what doesn’t.  
 
Once I got the basics down, I then focused on creating an online presence… primarily for support.  It’s not fun to be mixing just for yourself, I wanted to entertain others.  I joined PodOmatic and started sharing my mixes.  Eventually I grew a following, this following provided the support I needed to motivate me.  What was hard eventually became far easier allowing me to learn other skills.  
 
It all became professional when a local area club discovered my DJ facebook page.  They wanted me to become their resident Saturday night DJ.  I was floored!  Fast forward three years later and now I have played at countless clubs, I’m the resident DJ for both Fridays and Saturdays now, I have a following on both facebook and Podomatic… and I am realizing my dream of producing music by going to school at IPR in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Yes, it all starts somewhere… starting is the hardest part!  I included my most recent ‘House-101’ Podcast below.
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Blog Assingment Number ONE

First blog: Write a blog about yourself. Who you are, where you’ve come from, and why you are here at IPR.

Hello, my Name is Brandon Butkowski.  I am a 28 year old male that currently lives in St. Paul, MN.  I grew up in St. Michael/Albertville then moved to Fargo, ND for college.  After a few semesters I decided to put school on hold and move back to MN.  Fast forward roughly eight years and I now find myself back in school, at IPR in Minneapolis, MN.  I often get asked, “Why IPR?”  The answer is simple, I LOVE music!

When I was originally going to school at NDSU in Fargo, ND I was pursuing a degree in marketing.  I never truly felt a love for it, in fact I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.  I felt as if I was just going to go.  When I finally came to terms with that I realized what a waste of time, effort and money this was. 

I moved back to MN and chose to focus solely on full-time work until I had a better idea of what I wanted to do with my life.  About four years ago, around 2009, I started to DJ local clubs and bars in the area.  This pushed me further into music, but it was always hard to find the time needed to dedicate myself to music because of my full-time job at AT&T. 

When I lost my job in the summer of 2012 I knew that there was no better time than now to make music my life.  I enrolled into IPR’s audio recording and engineering program and began my journey in the fall of 2012.  Two quarters into the program and I couldn’t be happier.  Unlike NDSU, I have no hesitations or reservations about the path that I am on… I think I made a good choice!

RIP Aaron

Aaron Swartz

The internet lost one of it’s poster boys over the weekend.  Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old computer programmer and Internet activist, committed suicide by hanging himself last Friday (Jan 11th, 2013).  Aaron was a large advocate of preserving internet freedom of speech laws and fought hard against any attacks on such freedoms.  Ironically Aaron was suffering from depression which, in some part, was due to his abuse of internet privacy abuse.  Swartz was accused of breaking into MIT’s computer system in order to access
academic articles and make them available for free on the Internet.

I find it ironic that Aaron, often considered the poster boy for personal internet freedoms, ended up demonstrating exactly how the internet is being abused.   His own actions almost nullify his previous messages and ends up serving only to justify why certain forces are working so hard to control how and what we can do online.  It’s hard to imagine that the consequences for his actions, a 35-year prison sentence on federal data theft charges for illegally downloading articles from the subscription, didn’t play a role in his personal battle with depression.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/01/14/mit-orders-review-of-aaron-swartz-suicide-as-soul-searching-begins/#ixzz2Hy1DmpDj

And so it begins…

Today marks the beginning of quarter two over here at IPR.  I find myself mixed with emotions, happy to be back but sad break is already over (it went by far too fast).  Today I have one class, the Lab for my Computer & Web Fluency class.  We were instructed to begin a new blog for class.  So this is the product of that request.  I intend to use this blog primarily as a journal of my time here at IPR and my personal journey with music.  But that alone would be boring, so expect a healthy does of dry humor, sarcasm and personal opinion to fill in the gaps…  Let the journy begin!!

-B