Touching Sound: The Technika Documentary @ MAGWest

The Touching Sound Team, including director Nick Dobkin, producer Eric Tortora Pato, and lead composers Galen Borson and Matthew Pablo, are the creators of the film Touching Sound: The Technika Documentary, the award-winning story of the first touchscreen arcade music game, born a year before the iPad, whose communal play lead to lifelong friendships and even marriages, until it was shut down without warning or explanation. The film was crowd-funded by the game's community and went on to screen at San Diego Comic Con 2017, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018, and most recently at the 2019 California Extreme Arcade Convention in Santa Clara.

The film was born of filmmaker Nick Dobkin's own experiences of the game in its 2010 heyday in Sunnyvale, and highlights the history of the scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the bonds forged among its community. Nick is an animation director by trade, for whom the documentary's 3 year production represented a new experience. Eric is a filmmaker and animator in the New York area, and both Galen and Matthew compose music professionally for games and films.

MAGWest will host a screening of Touching Sound with a rare Q&A featuring almost all the members of the Touching Sound Team - we hope to see you there!


This year's kick-in merch for MAGWest is going to blow your mind. We're looking at more than 15 items this year, most of them exclusive and never to be sold anywhere else. The only way to secure your kick-in merch is by preordering before the event – once we hit our order cap, it's gone!

Do what Nook would do; embrace capitalism.

How 'bout a sneak preview?

All this AND MORE is included in the $75 tier!


Let's go over the options!

$25 Tier

  • Themed Event T-Shirt

  • MAGWest Pin

  • Custom MAGWest fortune cookie

$75 Tier

  • Everything in the previous tier

  • MAGWest vinyl sticker sheet (with 9 stickers!)

  • Custom event lanyard

  • Electric fan to keep cool

  • Custom sunglasses

  • Branded iconic red balloon

  • Sleepy Raccoon™ Sleep Mask

  • Full-print dye-sub drawstring bag to keep all your goodies in


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$200 Tier

  • EVERYTHING in previous tiers

  • Okay listen. So, we want to tell you what's in this tier because it's awesome, but we also don't want to spoil the surprise. But it's easily the highest-quality merch we've ever had at MAGWest.

  • This merch will be exclusive, some of it hand-crafted, and enjoyable on a variety of fronts with a variety of different senses. (Let's just say if you like coffee, naps, or incredible collectibles, this is one tier you do not want to miss.)


We have very limited quantities of the $75 and $200 tier kick-ins, so be sure to get yours ASAP. You definitely don't want to miss out! (Seriously, this is the nicest sleep mask I've ever used.)