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Biography: Greg Ripes

Born into a musical Los Angeles, California family which included pianists, violinists, and opera and theatrical singers, Greg Ripes spent his childhood years studying classical and jazz piano. His interests turned when he discovered early synth-pop music (Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears),which led him to the records of Kraftwerk, which led him to acquiring his first synthesizer, drum machine and multi-track recorder.

Greg's high school years were spent playing in a local Jazz Band, writing and recording electronic music, building a modest home studio, programming his growing collection of synthesizers, and learning audio engineering. He studied under Richie Wise (record producer, KISS) and Mike Watts (sound designer, The Unforgiven and Escape from LA) Greg also founded and was the chief songwriter of the industrial-electronic collective Centrifuge who eventually released two EP's before disbanding.

After graduating high school, Greg joined the hard electronic dance group Kevorkian Death Cycle, co-writing a number of songs and appearing on the record Collection For Injection (RasDVA / Metropolis Records). He left Kevorkian Death Cycle after a few years upon receiving a scholarship to Barnsley University in Northern England,where he studied audio engineering, analogue synthesis and digital recording.

After returning to the States Greg was granted another scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts ("CalArts"),where he earned a B.F.A in Music Technology At CalArts he studied under Morton Subotnick (composer, Silver Apples of the Moon) Tom Erbe (creator, Soundhack software) and Barry Schrader (founder, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US).

Greg has spent his post-university years engineering, composing, sound designing, recording and remixing music,television, film and games. He continues to collect analogue synthesizers (over fifty now) and to compose electronic music. He resides in Los Angeles, California.


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