burnHeartSynth is Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney. Currently a student at UCSD, Brendan has been working for a decade now at making sounds, instruments and other wondrous things.
He grew up in the northeast, where he learned carpentry and a passion for creativity from his parents. At Skidmore College, where Brendan created and pioneered his own major, Sound, he worked as an engineer and builder with Peter Edwards (aka Casper Electronics), as lead recording engineer and supervisor at Skidmore Collegeâ€™s new $50 million Arthur Zankel Music Center, as a student and protÃ©gÃ© of Flip Phillips in the Neuroscience department of Skidmore College, technical director of Skidmore Collegeâ€™s radio station, WSPN, and an extra pair of hands in his fatherâ€™s woodshop.
Brendan is now pursuing a graduate degree in Computer Music, working under Miller Puckette, Tom Erbe, David Borgo, F. Richard Moore, Anthony Davis and others in the music department at UCSD. He is playing saxophone in the Improvisation Enemble, a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major, and working on projects with other creative minds in the graduate program. Academically, he is focused on learning the ins and outs of DSP programming, embedded technologies, free improvisation and electronic music performance.
Today he continues his lifelong pursuit of novel methods of producing, controlling, warping and spewing sound, at once playing saxophone, guitar, computer, all the while designing, building and programming his own software and hardware.