James Dempsey and the Breakpoints Release “Backtrace”, the Biggest Album Release in iOS and Mac Programming History

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“Backtrace” is the debut album by James Dempsey and the Breakpoints, purveyors of nerdy music. Writing songs instead of code, Apple alum James Dempsey combines a variety of musical styles with humorous tech lyrics, explaining iOS and Mac development topics with catchy and amusing tunes.

Album art for James Dempsey and the Breakpoints album Backtrace

James Dempsey and the Breakpoints are excited to announce the release of their debut album “Backtrace”. For the first time anywhere, this album brings together every technical song written by Apple veteran James Dempsey. "Backtrace" is available for download immediately on iTunes worldwide.

For the past fourteen years, James Dempsey (http://jamesdempsey.net) has written and performed humorous songs about software development. He enlisted the aid of the Breakpoints, a fabled group of talented engineers-by-day and musicians-by-night who help bring these songs to life. James left Apple three years ago and set out to record these songs. The album “Backtrace” is the fruit of those efforts.

The songs are designed to enlighten as well as amuse, taking humorous lyrical approaches to explain technical topics in iOS and Mac development.

The sixteen track album covers a wide range of musical styles and topics, including the data modeling blues of “Modelin’ Man”, the country western love song “I Love View”, the driving beat of “Goto Fail”, the design pattern classic “Model View Controller”, and the memory management oldie “Hold Me, Use Me, Release Me”.

For those without a programming background, the song “Almost Dropped My iPhone” tells a more universal modern tale of momentary loss and redemption.

To give some background on the album title, James Dempsey explained, “In software development, a backtrace is like a snapshot of a moment in time. It shows not only where you are at the moment but also traces back, step by step, where you have been. That's what the album is all about. The songs on ‘Backtrace’ were written over the past fourteen years, and each song is its own moment in time—the entire album is truly a backtrace of iOS and Mac development set to music.”

The album is already receiving rave reviews, including one from Kai Christiansen, software developer and musicologist: “This album is an unparalleled masterwork we have long been waiting for. Dempsey is a clever musical mimic, a brilliant educator, and one of the truly rare geek troubadours history has produced (e.g. Tom Lehrer). His technical insights are not only spot on, they are perfectly distilled summaries regardless of the fact that they are eminently singable mnemonic devices. Every Apple developer should own this recording.”

The album is available for immediate download on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/backtrace/id926558924?uo=4&at=11lpkp&ct=09.

More 'Backtrace' album information is available at http://jamesdempsey.net/backtrace.

Keep up with James Dempsey and the Breakpoints on Twitter at @jamesdempsey.

About James Dempsey and the Breakpoints
James Dempsey and the Breakpoints have played their nerdy, nerdy music at various venues, including standing room only performances Live near WWDC for the past three years.  James Dempsey is a fifteen-year Apple veteran gone indie as an iOS and Mac developer, trainer and songwriter. The Breakpoints are the fabled group of talented engineers-by-day and musicians-by-night who help bring these songs to life.

Apple, Mac and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries. “Backtrace” is an independent album and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.

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