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An Interview With Matt Forbeck

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Game Designer and Author, Matt Forbeck

Okay, so what happens when you are kinda getting back into gaming, don’t know it nearly as well as your totally involved brother and you go to the best four days of gaming in Indianapolis? You end up running into an individual huge in both gaming and writing.  The only problem is you don’t even know that he is that huge and big.

An interview with Dan the Bard

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Dan the Bard

Dan Marcotte is a well-rounded  bard. According to his Bio Page:

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Dan the Bard

What can I say? I’m a Bard! I walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds! I play all sorts of instruments like the Renaissance Lute, the Egyptian Oud, Elizabethan Cittern, Turkish Laouta, German Lautenguitar, Medieval Gittern, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Bodhran, and of course Trumpet. I perform at small and large Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions like GENCON INDY, GARYCON, WINDYCON, 3CON, DUCKCON, CODCON, ACEN, and C2E2. I’m the Music Director of the Bristol Renaissance Faire where I perform all summer. Yes, I do birthdays and weddings.

I also do a lot of mainstream music and storytelling in schools and libraries with my partner Judith Heineman. And I’m a founding member of The Whiskey Brothers Irish Band! I grew up in Schaumburg, IL, and was (and still am) a Dungeons and Dragons playing Band Geek.. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University for my undergrad, with the intent on being a band director. Somewhere during that time, I got it into my head that I wanted to be a bard, but I didn’t know how to start. So I got my Masters Degree in Renaissance and Medieval Music from Florida State University. Upon completion of the degree and my thesis, The Ap Huw Manuscript and the Welsh Bardic Tradition, I announced that from that day forth I would walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds.

He was kind to give us some time at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we talk about:

  • What led him to the bard’s life
  • The instruments he plays
  • D&D is, of course mentioned
  • How long he has done this and music in general
  • His inspirations and influences
  • How he created his unique niche
  • His thoughts on the new media order
  • How many Cons he does
  • We digress to Jonathan Coulton for a bit

You can find Dan the Bard on the web at:

Sarah Donner – Geek and Feline Powered

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She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them

An Interview with Sarah Donner
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Sarah Donner – Live at Gen Con 2014

If the musicians at Gen Con have anything in common, it could only be that they are all unique.  Sarah Donner is one fine example of such, having her own special feline, geek, funny personal style, twist and brand.  Not only does she do songs about cats,  but specifically about Schrödinger’s and, check out her latest video at the end of the interview notes, which is Tesla themed.  Seriously how could geeks like us not love this stuff?

Not only did we manage to catch up with Sarah Donner for an interview but she was also nice enough to let us record her live.   Keep it tuned here for when we release all the Gen Con stuff.  Also, if you ever get word that she is playing near you, be sure and go see her as you will not be disappointed. I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah at a coffee shop across the street from the con. Listen it to as we talk and hit on the following and more?

Join us as she tells us about:

  • When she started playing
  • “Angsty female songs”
  • How she uses comedy
  • of course, cats, science, geek and other inspirations and influences
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • How many albums so far
  • Being on the road
  • Her thoughts on the new media order
  • What would she call her genre
  • Who does she think she sounds like
  • Our thoughts on genre
  • Her advice to those who desire to do what she does

You can find out more about Sarah at:

Sarah has recently done a video with the help of The Oatmeal.  It is Tesla themed and the cause is to help to fund raise a Tesla Museum.

The Great Luke Ski at Gen Con 2014

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An Interview with The Great Luke Ski

English: Luke Ski at WindyCon 2005

English: Luke Ski at WindyCon 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Great Luke Ski is a multi-talented man.  He is energetic, entertaining, genuine and hilarious. He does stand up, music, cartoons, collects everything, is a member of The FuMP and gave us his time for an interview.   

Luke Ski is Dr. Demento’s most requested artist of the 21st century. Replacing the earlier top-requested, Weird Al. He has also won Logan Awards for Snoopy the Dogg and When You Wish Upon a Death Star. He does a podcast, Bad Rapport with fellow FuMP member, Carrie Dahlby. He is a regular convention performer and this year would be his 20th performing the Gen Con in Indianapolis.

You can read more about Luke at his About Page. You can also listen in as Luke and Lumpy discuss:

You can find out more about The Great Luke Ski at:

The Great Luke is a regular to many cons, according to his website:

San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, WorldCon, NASFIC, Creation’s 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention, GenCon Indy, Origins, Nerdapalooza and many more. He also is the chair of the comedy music track at MarsCon in the Twin Cities (marscondementia.com).

If at all possible, I suggest you catch up with Luke Ski when he is on the road.  He also often works with others such as members of the FuMP.  This year at Gen Con he did a Friday Night Live show which included many other comedy musicians and had Whitney Avalon perform a few at another show he did at Gen Con this year.  Of note,  Whitney Avalon and Jonathan Hurley won a Logan award, Outstanding Comedy Music Video, for That Doesn’t Make Sense.

The Hush Now – Things Fall Down

POSTED ON September 29th  - POSTED IN acoustic, alternative, Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, pop, videos

The Hush Now – Things Fall Down

The Hush Now shared the acoustic version of Things Fall Down.  A few years past, Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with some of the band when they played The Roc Bar in Cleveland, Ohio.  They also let him record them live. He turned it into a concert and interview podcast.   The Boston based band consists of Noel Kelly (vocals/guitar), Adam Quane (lead guitar), Barry Marino (drums), Pat MacDonald (bass) and, the latest addition, John Millar (keyboards).  Check out the list of links to find these guys at and the video after the break.

The Hush Now – Things Fall Down

Be sure and watch for their coming realease, Sparkle Drive, due out 19 October, 2014.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

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Five Year Mission – Shore Leave

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, rock, videos

Five Year Mission – Shore Leave

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

This is one great 5 man band. Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with them in this year at Gen Con 2014 and can’t wait to see the Gen Con regulars again next year.

The members of the band are:

Noah Butler – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Andy Fark – Percussion/Songwriter
Patrick O’Connor – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Mike Rittenhouse – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Chris Spurgin – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter

2014.09.22 – TNN – Google News

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, Indie Nation News, news, Podcasts, Tech and Net News, TNN - Google Edition
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Indie Nation Google News

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

This is the Google news part of our news show here at indienation.fm.

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World’s First Synthesizer Up for Auction

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN Community, news, videos

World’s First Synthesizer is Up For Auction

Some argue this instrument is the world’s first synthesizer. The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is up for auction on 22 October, 2014.  The Wikipedia entry for synthesizer does not even mention this particular model. According to Fact Magazine which made me aware of the auction, the “synth” is so rare that few are even aware of it. Only one other in known to exist.  It is in a museum and pictured below.

By Jane023 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jane023 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When I studied electronic music in the early 80s, the text-book credited the Theremin as the first synthesizer. I question that with what I read today. The page at the auction company dates the Helmholtz c.1905.

However, most people don’t know what a Theremin is. Let the video below refresh your memory.  Check out Jimmy Page on the Theremin.

Marc Gunn – Firefly Drinking Songs

POSTED ON September 27th  - POSTED IN site

Marc Gunn is Doing an Online Firefly Drinking Songs Concert

Marc Gunn is a very talented “Rhythm and Folk” musician who does music themed around hobbits, Star Wars, cat, Sci-Fi and other geeky topics including Firefly.  I was able to interview him and see him perform live at this year’s Gen Con.  I feel he puts on a very entertaining show.

You can get your “pay what you want” ticket at his website.  The date of the event is October 19.

2014.09.22 – TNN – Science News

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Indie Nation Science News

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

This is the science news part of our news show here at indienation.fm.

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