About : KMI

About

About the Company

We are a intimate company based in Berkeley, CA that makes innovative technology for string instruments. Our products let musicians familiar with traditional string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, or guitar) use the computer as an extension of their current playing ability. New technology inspires new art, and we hope that our products will enable performers to take their music in directions never before possible.

A portion of each sale is donated to the BEAM Foundation.

Andrew Calvo, VP of Sales and Marketing

Andrew CalvoAndrew Calvo is a music industry veteran, having worked at leading digital audio companies Digidesign/Avid, BIAS and Blank Software. Andrew also worked for top information technologies companies O'Reilly Media and Carsonified and Post Carbon Institute, an environmental think-tank. A bassist and keyboardist, Andrew's musical project Dustone Cinema creates improvisational instrumental music for long attention spans.

Barry Threw, Software Director

Barry ThrewBarry Threw is the technologist behind the KMI software experience. He creates rich immersive and interactive media experience by developing systems and tools that combine sound, video, network, and audience interactions. He has a dual major in Music Production & Engineering and Music Synthesis from the Berklee College of Music, as well as a M.F.A. in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College. He also serves as technical manager for the BEAM Foundation.

Jon Short, Sales Manager

John Short Jon is a lifelong musician. He spent his college days balancing multiple musical projects while earning a BA in Music Industry from California State University Chico. Jon has most recently worked for The Music Link, where he spent more than 3 years as a National Account Manager. He has also worked locally for OTR Studios, traveled nationally as a Tour Manager/Tech, and done some local drum Instruction. A drummer and guitarist, Jon is active in the Bay Area music scene with his power-fusion trio, Kajillion.

Sarah Howe, software support

Sarah HoweSarah is the technical and software support specialist of Keith McMillen Instruments. When not hard at work, this Mills grad can be found pushing buttons, making ambient electronic music, and mind-gazing with fractal intensity.

Chuck, software engineer

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Chuck has been programming anything with gates for over XXX years. He is one of the few people on the planet who has memorized Knuth (look it up) and is often called away on missions requiring advanced mountaineering skills. He is capable of code densities that other programmers do not believe is possible. That is all we can say.
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Michael Zbyszynski, software engineer

Michael ZbyszynskiMichael Ferriell Zbyszynski is a composer, sound artist, and performer and directs the electronic music program at San Francisco State University. He holds a PhD in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, studied at the Academy of Music in Cracow, Poland on a Fulbright Grant, contributes to Make Magazine, and can be heard on the ARTSHIP recording label.

Diane Douglas, software engineer

Diane DouglasDiane Douglas studied piano and math at an early age but music became her passion when she picked up an electric guitar and started a band at age thirteen. However, it was when she started studying sound design at Berklee College of Music that she rediscovered the beauty of mathematics and started combining it with music. She continues to push in this direction by focusing on software development for KMI, but in off hours she also plays in two bands with her fiancée: Desolation Swarm and Static Towers.

Michael McHam, Marketing/Sales

Michael McHamMichael McHam works in marketing and sales at KMI. He is a composer, guitarist and keyboardist, sound designer and programmer. He spends his free time producing DIY sound/field recording art in the comfort of his own attic home in Berkeley and with on-going projects with long-time collaborator NYC based puppeteer and filmmaker, Laurie O'Brien.

Connor Lacy, Graphic Designer & Software Developer

Conner LacyConnor pulls double duty as graphics designer and software developer at KMI. He graduated from the University of Virginia where he studied music and digital art, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College. His down time is spent creating sound-based performance art, interactive installations, building multimedia instruments, and composing both acoustic and electronic music.

Danny Piccione, Product Specialist

Danny PiccioneConnor pulls double duty as graphics designer and software developer at KMI. He graduated from the University of Virginia where he studied music and digital art, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College. His down time is spent creating sound-based performance art, interactive installations, building multimedia instruments, and composing both acoustic and electronic music.

Tom Ferguson, Marketing/Renaissance Man

Tom FergusonTom Ferguson is a double bassist and electronic musician, freshly employed at KMI as a Jack-of-all-trades. A recent graduate of UC San Diego's decidedly different music department, Tom enjoys experimental optics, reading, and living in a post-literate world.