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Behind the Synth: Ben Israel SynthChat
Blake and Nate chat with Content, R&D manager, Ben Israel.
Ben is the Planning, Development and Research Manager for Content, Research and Development (CRD). Part of his work is managing content creation for Yamaha Synthesizers. He also conducts future product research and administrates the YamahaSynth IdeaScale community. Or as Ben sums up:
"I get to come up with wacky ideas for experimentation."
Ben's role combines sound design and musicianship with project management and serious attention to detail. This is a cool chat for anyone interested in synthesizer product development.
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About the author
Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.