Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
It’s great you ask yourself that question! That question is the first sign that you are, like me, an avid learner and curious about almost everything.
Hi! I’m Jasper aka Aural.Node, a techno music producer, as you may have guessed by now, and in a field that is so technology dependant like techno music there is always something to learn and improve. Especially if you have recently picked up producing, or like me, have fondled around with bits and pieces and decided to dig in deeper.
So, if Neil Armstrong’s quote up there expresses what you are feeling, or if you just can relate to it in one way or the other, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve been a techno dj for a long time and played in a variety of clubs all over Germany, including clubs like the Tresor (in the old venue, of course), and I’m a certified audio engineer, but was always more of a hobbyist. In my mid twenties I decided to get “serious” and pursue different professional endeavours. Until last year when I decided life’s to short not to do what your heart tells you and so I decided to fully devote my time and energy in techno music production and become a producer.
It goes without saying I had (and still have) some catching up to do, so I inhale almost every resource about techno music production and electronic music production in general. A couple of months ago, I decided to share what I find with you and I created the “Making Techno” magazine on flipboard, which some of you may already know:
Flipboard is great for a quick share but I wanted to be able to comment on what I give out and let you take part in my experiences – so I created the blog you’re reading now.
The blog undulates about the topic of becoming and being a techno music producer. I will share what I learn and what I experience with you, and I cover all the aspects this topic brings.
From actual music production, the technology involved, techniques, tutorials, to subjects surrounding the topic: (self-)marketing, growing a following, getting your music out there, etc. From time to time I will cover some areas loosely associated with electronic music production in general like history, electronic music culture, and so on.
You can find me – Aural.Node – on all the relevant sites (see the icons up there?)
I respect your privacy so I don’t use “social buttons” on my blog.
If you like my blog and want to support me, feel free to share my blog with your friends.
So let’s get into what of your data is collected whilst surfing my page, by whom and why.
One of the goals I have for my site is to reach as many people interested in the topics I cover as possible. Therefore, I evaluate and measure my sites performance and optimize my blog for good rankings in search engines. This is realized by Google Analytics, which collect all sorts of stuff – I guess. Also, for my own statistics, your IP and useragent is logged.
For preventing the comments section of my blog from being spammed into oblivion, I use the akismet spam prevention. The akismet system cross-checks your comment with its database and your comment is therefore saved on servers within the U.S.
Read more on this topic http://faq.wpde.org/hinweise-zum-datenschutz-beim-einsatz-von-akismet-in-deutschland/ (in German, since this issue is with German law only).
If you know any spam prevention measures as effective and usable as akismet, please let me know (in the comments…).
Data privacy is a major concern for me. That’s why I don’t use social buttons on my page. I don’t want you to be tracked by facebook or the liking via my site. What looks like a social button is nothing but a harmless image linking to my facebook page and won’t do any harm.
If you don’t want your data used in the way I described, I have a great recommendation for you:
Ghostery is a plugin for your browser that detects trackers, web bugs, beacons and tracking pixels from more than 500 different sources and allows you to block them.
Feel free to leave a comment, as I said I’m keen on learning on how to improve your privacy on my blog!