Dean Whitbread

 

About Me

I produced interactive media for over 25 years.

I built a virtual shed for Vince Clarke’s Millennium New Year Film Night, wrote and released a football song with John Cleese, and made interactive education for Amnesty International.

I couldn’t have done any of this without my highly creative and skilled friends. 

Art History

At art school and afterwards, I produced numerous audio-visual experiences, environments and objects. I first exhibited rhythmic, cut-up “scratch” videos at the New Contemporaries exhibitions 1983 & 1984, followed by film festivals and mixed media art shows. My 1983 art performance “Camouflaging Trees from Further Attack” made BBC news  when I wallpapered the trees on London’s south bank. People understood the statement and enjoyed the creative way I illustrated deforestation. I went on to use creative skills throughout my life, in music, performance, and video and event production.

Music History

My first newspaper review for an original piano composition appeared in the Croydon Advertiser, 1973 in where I was credited for an original jazzy composition. The second music review, for audio cassette art piece “Audio Nasty” appeared in Sounds, July 1984. Consequently, I went on to write and produce songs with artists and bands, also composing soundtracks for theatre, art performance and video. First single song release: Save the Planet – The Believers, 1987.

I knew I had finally made it as a respectable red-top songwriter when I was quoted in the Daily Sport as founder of John Cleese and the First Eleven, along with Cleese and Ashley Slater, the artists most responsible for ‘Don’t Mention the World Cup’ 2006. Most recently, I co-wrote and produced pop songs for Swiss radio and composed French video soundtracks.

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Web History

In 1994 I founded Netmare, one of the very first internet web design and production businesses in the UK. Shamelessly sacrificing my knowledge, enthusiasm,  talent in service to blue-chip clients, what japes we had, working with Supergrass, Blur, the Sex Pistols, McLaren F1, MTV, BBC, & the world’s first internet band, ResRocket. A well-known blogger, I also produced videos and ran online campaigns for advertising agencies, publishers and media corporations.

Podcasting, Politics, Digital Rights

In 2005 I published a podcast about the UK election which voters used to assess parliamentary candidates. In 2006, I co-founded the UK Podcasters Association which I chaired for 3 years. I was the first to describe and discuss podcasting and the culture of podcasters in the House of Commons. I wrote the chapter on podcasting in Professor Vito Di Bari’s book, Web 2.0.

From 2005 to 2010 I ran the online web, blogs and social media for John Cleese, producing a popular series of videos and audio podcasts.

In 2008 I won a European Podcasting award for Pod of Funk. After lobbying to include podcasting in the prestigious UK Radio Sony Awards, was invited to judge this newly-added category.

I’m the author of “engaging and compelling” fiction, according to one review. Thanks, reviewer.

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