Jacob Nollette is a programmer and production engineer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His roots in live event and theatre design have garnered many works, shows, and concerts within the Minneapolis production scene. Jacob has since moved away from live events, and onto the web-based space. Jacob has created many web sites, and integrated many systems in his years after live events. Jacob is currently working at integrating cloud and web application systems.

In life after live events, Jacob’s web practice has produced many interactive web environments, and content management systems. He developed visual front end websites and complex backends, solidifying Jacob as a full stack developer. As the needs for his projects grew, Jacob began experimenting with distributed systems, and systems automation. Jacob’s skills grew into Dev Ops, when he began automating high-end continuous integration workflows. Jacob is now solidified in that production engineering niche, where he integrated a symphony of web application services..

Jacob’s role went from working on stage and behind the mixing boards to creating web application software and data center services. Jacob now provides extensive work integrating and experimenting with raw technology, such as web application servers, and relational databases, to provide support for large or highly resilient web applications.

Many of Jacob’s previous works have not taken location for granted; either broadcasting from an anchored or staged in a theatrical space, or navigating across a landscape with a camera. Location always seems to be a modular thread in most of his works. Jacob integrates data points and visualizes information systems and applications to bring life to otherwise dead, sterile environments. In recent works, Jacob has taken his knowledge of APIs back to his roots in music and integrated music streaming systems with user’s locations, bringing new life to an otherwise limited web application.

In Jacob’s senior project he provides a web application that allows users to combine geographic locations with Spotify playlists. He has had to consciously adjust the project to address proper social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project expanded from using a geofence for a specific location, to include a larger area, allowing entire neighborhoods or small geographic regions to broadcast to their own community, like a radio station. This project utilizes digable material, which is a common theme in Jacob’s previous works. This app has a similar aesthetic, in the sense that participants are encouraged to go on an adventure to find new material. Users are encouraged to contribute, and find new combinations or pairing of music, and share those combinations with other users.

Jacob’s process for creating new work has a similar digable aesthetic. There are equal parts play and serendipity with technology. Jacob follows a creatively free process but generally follows the Agile Manifesto. He starts the process by researching and consuming great deals of information at the start of any project. After that, he will proceed by writing short (agile based) issues for the development process. As concepts from these individual issues emerges, actual narratives or larger themes will become apparent. If individual parts are too large, they will be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

Jacob is heavily inspired by a wide range of music, but more specifically music heavily affected by audio effect driven music, or Dub music (historically Jamiacan origin). Specifically, music that is so driven or affected by audio processing, that the aesthetic of processing a driving force in the music. It is here that Jacob finds the true heart of his creativity. Jacob has a deep appreciation for many artists that have dipped their toes into the waters of effect driven music, including the likes of Radiohead, the Dirty Projectors, and Dave Taylor (Switch, prominent ghost producer in pop music; previously of Major Lazer). Music that incorporates extensive delay, reverb, or time processing, or music that seems to escape time and space is deeply inspiring to the creativity that drives Jacob’s understanding of technology. Where technical boundaries are pushed by these musicians, Jacob finds those same limitless possibilities in technology. Jacob creates works to navigate, or modify space (data), visuals, or sound. Processing sound to the extent that it becomes something else is a parallel to how Jacob reaches for his works in web and screen environments. Musicians who can bridge the gap between pure sound and raw effect inspire Jacob most.