From August 16th through 19th, Wave Spell Live took over Belden Town, California, with festival host STS9 performing nine sets of music including three all-improvisational sets across the weekend. The festival was highly anticipated from the start, with the unique location of the event generating a huge amount of buzz—for the festival, all nine residents of Belden Town evacuated, letting the festival do its thing without any curfews or potential for violation of noise ordinances—in addition to its stacked lineup featuring a huge range of artists from the electronic and jamtronica worlds.With the location and atmosphere set, STS9 consistently wowed audiences, with performances that offered more traditional fare. However, the pinnacle of the festival was STS9’s improvisational Wave Spell sets, with the sets drawing their name the band’s atmospheric, throwback album released in April of 2018. On Friday night, August 17th, the jamtronica pioneers played their second of three improvisational Wave Spell sets, welcoming a suprise special guest to join them throughout the course of the performance: Richard Devine, the Atlanta-based experimental glitch producer.Given that Devine was performing “in the round” sets before and after STS9’s first two sets on Friday, STS9 confirmed the rumors that had been circulating around the festival that Devine would be joining the group during a performance. During Richard Devine’s third set of the night, all the members of STS9 came out and joined the producer, transitioning smoothly into their collaborative, improvisational effort.With STS9 and Richard Devine on tap, the set started off slow, with an extended spacey intro. After 20-some minutes, the augmented group locked in, slowly accelerating into a propulsive groove and not letting up for the rest of the show. Deeply psychedelic throughout, the set showed STS9 at their finest, recalling the group’s deep-rooted history in captivating, extended minimalist jams.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a full video of STS9’s Wave Spell set with Richard Devine below, which was brought to us by music writer Vera Lee Mandić. Enjoy!STS9 w/ Richard Devine – Wave Spell Improv Set – 8/17/18 [Video: Vera Lee Mandić (@phantasy_sts9)]
This post is co-authored by Tom Gillis, SVP and GM, VMware Networking & Security.Many years ago, Dell upended the PC industry with its direct-to-consumer model, before extending its disruption into enterprise IT. VMware revolutionized the industry with the introduction of the virtual machine, and soon after, hypervisors. Along our parallel timelines of innovation, we took that disruption to the network—VMware with NSX, Dell EMC with Open Networking.Dell EMC and VMware continue to disrupt, only now, we’re doing it together. Earlier this year at Dell Technologies World we announced close collaboration between Dell EMC and VMware at the edge, the core and in the cloud with closely integrated solutions to help customers embrace transformation across their organizations. Well, we were not finished and continued expanding this partnership with even more exciting solutions to help customers continue to modernize their networks for the cloud era.At VMworld 2019 we highlighted the now-shipping Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge powered by VMware. This is much more than just an appliance. With this comprehensive offering you get Dell EMC virtual cloud orchestration, a worldwide network of virtual cloud gateways and networking optimized hardware, powered by VMware’s industry-leading SD-WAN software. We’ve been working together for over a year to develop and optimize this edge access platform for the evolving bandwidth and management needs of customers living in a hybrid-cloud world. Sold, deployed and supported by Dell EMC, we offer customers a simple one-stop solution that will take the complexity out of the WAN and modernize the network edge.Also at VMworld, Dell EMC and VMware announced SmartFabric Director, the industry’s only fabric management platform developed by VMware and Dell EMC for core data centers. This extends our shared vision of a software-defined data center by simplifying the definition, creation and deployment of data center fabrics with intent-based auto-provisioning. SmartFabric Director tightly integrates with VMware vSphere and NSX-T to ensure the physical underlay fabric is correctly provisioned for the smooth functioning of application workloads in a VMware overlay environment. This is important for organizations that have embraced software-defined networking and are looking to ensure their physical underlay networks are finely tuned for that overlay environment.Powerful stuff, and it’s only the beginning—in future releases, expect to see even more features, like the ability to intelligently auto-discover applications, monitor and remediate hot spots and congestion across virtual and physical networks, and allow SmartFabric Director to be agnostic to the NOS, including support for the open-source SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud).For a quick and informative overview take a look at this ESG Labs First Look video:We talked about the edge and core. What about the cloud? Well, we continue to work together to strengthen our Dell Technologies Cloud platform with the most powerful, simple and flexible networking solutions available. Dell EMC PowerSwitch, SmartFabric Services and VMware Virtual Cloud Network solutions are raising the stakes when it comes to network automation, management, virtualization, security and much more. And we’re just getting started—together, Dell EMC and VMware are not just transforming customers’ IT, we’re also disrupting the entire industry. And there is a lot more innovation ahead.For more information check out DellEMC.com/Networking and vmware.com/products/networking-and-security.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorTom Gillis is the SVP/GM of the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware. Tom’s background gives him a keen understanding about the direction of cloud, security and enterprise computing, making him an ideal leader to drive VMware’s networking and security strategy. Prior to joining VMware, Tom Gillis was CEO of Bracket Computing, a company he founded in December 2011. Gillis started Bracket with a vision to re-imagine enterprise computing. Before starting Bracket, Gillis was VP/GM of the Security Technology Group at Cisco Systems. This Technology Group included the business units responsible for Cisco’s entire Network and Content Security product portfolio, including firewalls, IPS, VPN, and email security and web security gateways. Prior to Cisco, Tom was VP of Marketing and part of the founding team of IronPort Systems which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. Before that, he held the position of VP/GM at iBEAM Broadcasting, an Internet startup that went public on NASDAQ. He has also worked at Silicon Graphics, the Boston Consulting Group, and Raytheon Corporation. Gillis received a BSEE from Tufts, an MSEE from Northwestern, and an MBA from Harvard.
A clash between two powerhouse rivals that have only lost to each other all season might top the list of statement games.The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team will treat their fans to such a matchup as they visit the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (21-1, 6-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. You are excused if, amid all the excitement surrounding this contest, you overlook the USC women’s water polo team’s Friday away game against the No. 6 San Jose State (16-11, 2-4) Spartans — just trust that the Women of Troy (19-1, 5-0) are not.Foes · Stanford handed two-meter Kristen Dronberger and the Women of Troy their only loss of the season at the Stanford Invitational in February. Dronberger was held scoreless against the Cardinal that day. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan A grounded group all season long, this team knows that if it flounders against the Spartans, Saturday’s game will not matter nearly as much. After a 15-5 win against San Jose State at the UC Irvine Invitational, the Women of Troy improved to 20-0 all time against their MPSF foe. But, according to senior utility Forel Davies, history is irrelevant.“Like any team we go up against, we need to establish a good press and keep tight lanes,” Davies said.When discussing the Spartans, players might as well have been reading from a teleprompter, intent on communicating that their focus extends to all opponents. However, the players’ fiery spirit and quirky personalities shone through when asked about the Stanford game. The Women of Troy responded excitedly when asked if they want to send Stanford a message for the postseason with a strong showing on Saturday.Having met twice already, these teams know each other well.Stanford is led by two-meter Melissa Seidemann, who tops the Cardinal with 40 goals on the season. Cardinal goalies Amber Oland and Kate Baldoni split time between the pipes, and both have impressive goals-against averages.Understandably, the players were reluctant to offer any specific insight into their game plan but reiterated that their success is largely dependent on their defensive effort and execution. Often, their offense is successful when they generate turnovers and have quick odd-man advantages the other way.Having already matched up against the Cardinal once before, the Women of Troy are reading for an attack they know will be strong.“We expect them to play great two-meter defense and to come out hard,” junior two-meter Kristen Dronberger said. “They will probably look to stop [senior driver] Kally [Lucas] and [junior driver] Joelle [Bekhazi] and focus on our shooters.”This game will determine the top seed for the MPSF, which could prove important in the conference tournament. Although many pundits expect these two teams to meet in the finals regardless of the Saturday’s outcome, this weekend’s game will play a large role in establishing momentum.The Women of Troy are eager to prove that their early-season loss was a fluke and that their team, which now leads the MPSF in both goals per game and goals allowed per game, can be considered among the best in USC women’s water polo history.