When reflecting on this body of material, I think the term ‘creative technology’ is a reasonable classification. It refers to the real essence infused into XBOP. As a pre-teen in the late 1980s/early 1990s, I found myself serving in my church by operating the overhead projector system. In those days, song lyrics were printed onto overhead transparencies and projected onto screen for the church congregation. I was a key resource, enthusiastic and eager — this experience gave me exposure to a vast collection of worship songs.
When computer technology was first rolled out, I played a role in the transition from manual projection to operating the projection software. I grew up during the heyday of the computer uptake in the 1990s, and the advent of Microsoft with Windows 95 was ideally timed with my development as a teenager, hungrily absorbing all computer technology could offer.
I became an Apple fanboy with the launch of the iPhone, and my first Macbook in 2008 accelerated this passion; today I champion and advocate Apple technology. Not only can I count numerous individuals as Apple ‘converts’, but I am also now pursuing more strategic ambitions by exploring ways to help my church convert to Apple computers. A number of topics come to mind so you can read more on Church & Technology (moved to the X-Factor section as of July 2014). The material under the banner of church and technology has matured a lot over the last year.
The term ‘creative technology’ further applies to my exploration and experimentation with YouTube and the multimedia content development possibilities through iMovie and Garageband. Through websites such as multitracks.com, these offerings play a very practical role in the current role I play to support and develop worship for my cell group. Read more about this project here.