Robert Campbell — “Instant Author” and the Creative Process

December 14, 2012 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Guest: Robert Campbell
Location: Seattle, WA — LIVE IN OUR STUDIO!!
Project: “Instant Author” and the Creative Process

Robert Campbell has been a software developer for 30 years. He graduated with a degree in Design from Southern Illinois University where R. Buckminster Fuller was in residence. In the early 80’s he became a game programmer, and created a music game called ‘Fun with Music’, and later a music app called ‘Instant Music’ published by Electronic Arts to some critical acclaim. He worked on some 8-bit Nintendo games before embarking on a career as a Windows developer. He worked on several multimedia titles for Microsoft such as Cinemania and Music Central.

He is a lifelong recreational musician and is currently working on a book about his experience of coming to terms with his own musical identity.

He also works occasionally on a so-called ‘visual music’ app he created in 1983 and he swears to finish someday.

On a personal note (from Jeff McCord):

Robert was there at the beginning of the modern gaming industry! A game designer at Epyx from 1982 to 1984, Robert and I were co-workers (each on our own independent projects) at the time that the game industry was being defined. The big-three gaming computers of the day were, arguably, the Atari 800, Commodore 64, and Apple II.

Robert has had a long career since those days as a coder and project designer, but he has never given up his love for Games, Music, and the Creative Process in general. A long-time friend, Robert and I will chat about those subjects and more, and we will also toy with the idea of what it means to be an “Instant Author” (a concept related to a book project that Robert is currently working on).

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