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I am a multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre music producer and performer raised in West Virginia and in Washington DC. Now based in Portland, Oregon, I work at the Regional Arts and Culture Council as an IT / AV geek by day and make a variety of music, play drums and DJ by night. Having started playing African and Latin Percussion at age 13, I got my undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in International Studies with a focus on Ethnomusicology and Latin American history, political science and Spanish.
In 2007 I earned my Master's of Science (MSc) in Digital Composition and Performance from the University of Edinburgh (UK) , where I studied under Michael Edwards, covering subjects such as real-time, non-real time and algorithmic composition techniques, FM synthesis, Max-MSP, Common Lisp Music (CLM), sound design, audio engineering, and digital media theory.
I believe, in addition to love and the range of human emotion and experience, that music is the story of human migration and movement. It's one of the few universal cultural signifiers we have and should be a source of unity rather than division amongst its practitioners.