Besides the joy of performing at the MCA there was the practical side of learning midi on Linux. Also learning how to use “jack” which is a sound patcher for midi and audio programs that always had me mystified until I was forced to learn how it worked due to the upcoming performance. Now my Ubuntu Macmini is set up for live audio like my laptop and I can see the benefits of this system. Normally when I had OSX the Macmini was my main audio workstation but even though it was good it wasn’t nearly as flexible for live performing. Usually I would do separate tracks and then lay them out, I was normally using cheaper software so it wasn’t too feature rich but it wasn’t bad either. Just with the soft synths on Linux they have rich sounds but the proof is when it is live. There is nothing better than something new to force you to learn.