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Friday, May 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
For the Love of Audio Gear

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We are in love with gear. It goes beyond the music: whether for production or playback, lo-fi or hi-fi, analogue or digital… we are talking about  inanimate romance. What drives a passion for designing, making, remaking and collecting audio equipment? How does one go from garage workshop to the production line, or from electrical engineering to artistry? What makes a particular synth special or a turntable collectible? And how can you tell when you’ve found the “one”?

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Michael Calore

Michael Calore manages the products coverage at WIRED in San Francisco. As a writer and editor, he produces not only reviews and recommendations, but also trend stories and opinion pieces about the consumer products industry. Michael is a musician, and therefore easily becomes head-over-heels obsessed with anything that makes sound: instruments, amps, speakers, LPs, and headphones in particular. He's a collector of gear, though he tends to... Read More →

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Amos Gaynes

Amos Gaynes is a product developer at Moog Music, where he has contributed to the development of multiple award-winning synthesizers, analog effects, and apps. After an inspiring meeting with Bob Moog during his youth in Asheville, NC, Amos's life has been shaped by an enduring fascination with electronic sound and technology. Amos’s design philosophy is informed by 20 years of experience composing and producing electronic music as well as... Read More →
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Peter Hyer

Peter Hyer is a Director at IDEO San Francisco. He leads the Media & Technology portfolio responsible for design leadership, projects and business development in video, music, interactive games and media communication. His work focuses on a human-centered, ecosystem approach to designing for media & technology—from designing holistic experiences, developing emerging technologies, to enabling creative organizations.
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Alex Rosson

Director of Audio, Shinola

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Instrument Design

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music will always permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the door opened to radical... Read More →

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In 2012 we set out to build the first watch factory in Detroit and to create jobs by doing so. Today we achieved that goal and have since opened a leather factory, employing over 200 individuals in manufacturing through that effort. To further our mission, we embarked on a journey into the audio category, starting with a turntable. As we introduce each new category we gain further traction in reaching our goal of creating... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Full Frame Theatre 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701
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