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Be a Music Production Super Geek

If you’re new to coding, it can be tricky to find your footing. You want to code, but what kind of coder do you want to be? We recently launched our “Super Geek” theme song which got us thinking about this. We’ve invited some of our favorite super geeks to tell us about their specialty, and to share some links related to it.

Today we feature one of our very own producers for the Learn HTML with Song project, videographer Keith Battle, to tell you about his love for music production.

Music Production Super Geek Keith Battle

Music Production Super Geek Keith Battle in Deal With It glasses (animated gif)

Keith Battle says “ZOMG MONSTERS!”

Whether it’s remembering someone’s name by whipping up a jingle in my head, tapping out beats on my iOS devices, singing, or playing acoustic and electric guitars I interpret the world through music. I use music to relax. I use music to get amped up. It’s just a part of me. What I really geek out on, though, is all the tech we have access to today for capturing that elusive ether, inspiration, when it appears. With all the gadgets I have in my collection I can bottle inspiration, put it on the shelf, and come back to it when I have the time to really work with it. It’s the little things—the way that the street lights on the interstate are spaced just right so that you get a rhythmic light show if you are driving at a constant speed at night, for example—that become the basis for music and that music then becomes the basis for a mini film.

Resources for Music Production Geeks


I love Reason, a super-flexible desktop Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) made by Propellerhead. Propellerhead has also recently released free iOS apps and an online music sharing/remixing community called Discover.


Together with IK Multimedia’s Amplitube, iRig turns your iOS or Android device into a customizable guitar amp and speaker modeler so you can practice with great guitar tones and effects wherever you are


This guy is my music geek god. He remixes YouTube musicians from all over the world into startlingly beautiful and complex compositions in a variety of genres. Genius!

Keith Battle

Keith Battle is a musician and videographer working in the San Francisco / Oakland Bay Area. Catch one of Keith’s Video Production classes at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition).

Folks can find Keith on
Twitter: @kbattleus

So what kind of Super Geek are you?

While you ponder this question, enjoy our new video, a cornucopia of geeky devotion from design geeks, video geeks, production geeks, blogging geeks, music geeks and more. It takes a village to raise a music video this geeky!

A big thanks to everyone who made this video possible.

If you don’t see yourself as a music production super geek, check out some of our other tech talent guest posts. We have more Super Geeks to come in the months ahead, so be sure to subscribe!

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