Since we are probably strangers, I just want to quickly encourage you to not allow your life to be governed by spreadsheets or people who worship anything resembling spreadsheets. Or hate—don’t be governed by hate, either. Instead, contemplate the fact that we were born on a giant rock in space which teems with a menagerie of conscious organic structures. Some swim in the seas, some weave webs and some like me occasionally blather on about God on the Internet. All the while, this planet orbits a star which is part of a larger set of complex orbiting things ranging from galaxies orbiting other galaxies right down to the fundamental particles which compose our own bodies—each bit orbiting another in some way. And it’s all apparently quantized.
All of these puzzling realities have the potential to chafe our souls, exposing a helplessness to forcibly expose any dependable knowledge of God. We’d like to know it all, but we do not; we find ourselves struggling to accept the necessity of everything being philosophically grounded in God because we’re often just too busy to stop and look at what life really is and what is going on in and around us.
Ask yourself, how does BEING emerge from NON-BEING? How does LIFE ever emerge from NON-LIFE? Where in space-time is the MIND with which you confront such colossal questions? What is the double-slit experiment and does it suggest that the nature of REALITY may be something akin to a simulation which needs an all-powerful God outside of it to sustain it? Do we even need experiments to convince us that the universe is designed?
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” —Max Planck
Seek the one true God, not spreadsheets or conformity to the popular notion that we are the actual captains of our lives. Evaluate the claim that God in Christ Jesus is currently, for a limited time, forgiving actual sins at his own cost so that we can know him forever. And not just any sins: your sins and mine which we cannot atone for on our own.
Ask yourself if you want to pay for your own sins? What would happen if you had to pay for your own sins? Would it be horrifying to die and realize that your life had been lived completely apart from God and that there was no way to breach the gap between a potential afterlife in the presence of God and an afterlife full of continual aching loneliness and separation from God?
I truly love music, the arts and ideas—and learning. To those ends, first and foremost, I watch and listen. It’s the foundation we all depend on for growth. That being said, I studied electronic music and experimental film at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree as a College Scholar. During this time I learned more about how to think rather than what to think. Those years were full of mornings where I woke up with an array of tasks in front of me and drifted through many of them because in my core being, I gravitate toward archetypal ideas for energy and not just the gears and sprockets. Details are essential and useful, but it’s the big legos that keep me going as a person…hopefully, without big egos getting in the way of seeing those big legos.
Also, as a guitar player in those early days, I went from barely being able to string together two chords to riffing out in odd time signatures—with terrible tone and at a skill level far below what I imagined at the time. Both in school and among close friends, I started navigating the waters of musical composition as a dedicated but utterly naïve amateur. For a while, playing professionally was part of the ongoing naïveté, but I did some soul searching and realized that I was only happy in the studio doing original music at my own pace which, retrospectively, was the best course. Still, I have never abandoned my instrument or those impulses to paint with sound and continue to write and record to this day. Listen here and here.
In college, I also learned how to make tonally-free abstract pieces that were developed through studio techniques and with little or no playing of instruments. This, too, has remained a fixed and constant part of my life. I’m probably much better at this kind of composition than any sort of traditional music, but value it all deeply. At this point in life, I would probably keep my ears over my eyes if forced to make a choice.
For two years after that, I pursued a second degree in Mass Communications, focusing on Digital Animation and the Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, but found employment in the digital media sector before finishing that degree. During this time I learned more about how to make a living and how to apply graphic design and layout skills to commercial productions. After immersing myself in the tools of the day, I landed work that pushed me into light coding and larger pipelines of production.
Currently, I rely on self-directed learning, absorbing as much as I can from web tutorials, YouTube instruction, and more books than I can properly keep shelved. I’m also among the Founders of Make Nashville, but I haven’t had much time to participate in a long while.
What am I Doing?
How Can You Reach Me?
My main career focus is expanding my knowledge of manufacturing processes while designing products that can be realized under my direct supervision or by my own hand. The design part comes easy to me, fabrication is tougher both due to time and the expense.
You can find my commercially available music releases at shanesanders.bandcamp.com.
Due to email volume and a hectic schedule, I can no longer offer advice about sampling, studio techniques or the software I use. Thanks in advance for understanding that you really have to do the work yourself; it’s more rewarding that way.
If your message is a serious business-related inquiry, I will be in touch, but even for support questions for Sample Squad, I have to keep it minimal. It’s an inexpensive product and I can no longer spend time advising people about how they might exploit the samples using software other than the two apps for which the product has presets.
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Recommended listening material?
Rush, Curve, Miles Davis, Depeche Mode, The Police, Evoken, Daikaiju, Les Baxter, Milt Jackson, Shakti, and all the nifty songs in my lovingly curated “Charlie Don’t Surf” Spotify playlist.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. —2 Corinthians 4:16–18