Video: Live-programming pros talk Eos at the CUE Fireside Chat


A panel of top Eos programmers convened at ETC’s CUE conference for an evening of live-programming war stories, show file strategies and cat memes.

The after-hours “fireside chat,” moderated by ETC’s Nick Gonsman, gave attendees a glimpse of each programmer’s unique approach to executing music-based performances with Eos. Panel members David Kane, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn, Ryan Phillips, Josh Selander, and Louis Malagrino took turns presenting aspects of their programming style, and then the group sat down for an interactive panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.

From left: programmer panelists Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn, Ryan Phillips, Josh Selander, David Kane and Louis Malagrino, and moderator Nick Gonsman

Highlights from the presentations:

  • LA-based programmer David Kane, who works frequently in fast-paced studio settings with little onsite prep time, talked about strategies for establishing an effective toolbox to help work quickly on the fly.
  • London-based programmer Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn discussed her approach to busking for “unusual events” – from improvisational concerts to experimental operas, to multi-room venues running simultaneous performances and effects.
  • New York-based programmer Ryan Phillips (The Daily Show) provided a glimpse into his show file setup, and then performed a live, festival-style busk onstage.
  • Josh Selander, who has worked extensively on long-running shows in Las Vegas and on installations like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, talked about programming shows with timecode and a set audio track…and how to roll with timing changes during tech.
  • New York-based programmer Louis Malagrino shared his top tips and tricks for successful programming, from Magic Sheet Cue Lists to remembering to stop and take a deep breath when stress levels rise. (There were also a lot of pictures of cats).

The panelists relished the chance to geek out with their fellow programmers. “Collaborating on this chat, we’ve all been talking to each other a lot,” says Jacobs-Wyburn. “We’ve picked up, like, 50 Macros each.”

Watch the full video below:



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Kate Foster
Kate joined ETC in 2012 after several years spent creating sets, props, and the occasional hack lighting design in the basement theaters of New York City. In addition to writing for ETC, she has worked on numerous in-house design projects, including tradeshow booths and the New York office’s Art Deco lobby. In her free time, Kate practices figure drawing, explores obscure corners of NYC, and pines for mountains.