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). Both in school and among close friends, I started navigating the waters of musical composition as a dedicated amateur. For a while, playing professionally was part of the dream, but I did some soul searching and realized that I was only happy in the studio doing original music at my own pace. 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, which I consider part of my continuing education. My goal is always to see the bigger picture and to do no harm.
What am I Doing?
My main focus right now 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.
I also make quite a lot of art and music.
How Can You Reach Me?
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.
If your message is a 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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Am I a Replicant?
Would I even know?