As long as I can remember I have been a musician. I started taking piano lessons since I was a young child. When I was a child I wanted to be a geologist I never considered working with sound. I just liked trying to make my own music and collect rocks.
In middle school my friends asked me to join Guitar Club. I was pretty hesitant to join. If I remember correctly I had to try out. I managed to join Guitar Club and became the manager. I remember learning Eleanor Rigby and Puff, The Magic Dragon in the club. I fell in love with the guitar with the different ways to excite the strings. My second year in guitar club I got a Peavey starter kit electric guitar and amplifier. I liked the acoustics guitar but, I loved the electric guitar. Making a guitar go from clean to distorted and all the changes that could be made with all the tone controls is exciting.
In high school I got my Brand X (Fender Frontman 25R) amplifier and was able to foot switch change from clean to distorted. It eventually died and I then got a modelling amplifier I could switch between amplifiers with a foot switch. I wanted to understand how the amplifiers that my modelling amplifier was emulating worked. I wanted to know what to study. So when I was looking at cool amplifiers I saw the Kustom Double Cross. I ogled the product page in awe. The product page allowed you ask the amplifier designer James Brown (Peavey, Kustom & Amptweaker) who said he studied electrical engineering and learned about tubes at Peavey. I knew I wanted to study electrical engineering. I also loved how sound inside rooms shaped the timbre of instruments and so this led me to take an acoustics course at Delaware State University. Which galvanized me to make a hand bound copy of the Collective Works of Wallace Clement Sabine. For those who do not know it Wallace Clement Sabine is the father of modern acoustics and designer of the Symphony Hall in Boston.
I attended Stony Brook University and majored in Engineering Science Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronics with minors in Electrical Engineering and Music Technology . This allowed me to combine my love of music and electrical engineering. At Stony Brook, I learned both the fundamentals of analog circuits, digital signal processing (DSP) and recording audio. I learned a great deal about experimental methods and material science. I studied how to capture audio, create spatial audio and work with digital media. Between starting graduate school and completing my bachelor degree in Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronic Materials with minors in Electrical Engineering & Music Technology I began studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering degree. I passed the Fundamentals of Engineer exam and received my Engineer-In-Training certificate (EIT).
At the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University I focused on learning Architectural Acoustics and Electroacoustics. I learned to understand what made rooms works and what didn’t work inside rooms. I gained a skepticism about quantified acoustic metrics as being the defining criteria of “The Good Acoustics”. I know understand that what is “The Good Acoustics” depends on application and use case. An understanding was gained that sound is not magic or fully quantified but, a mix of quantifiable qualities and taste. I graduated from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Audio Science with an Acoustics Studies Concentration.