Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

James Diomede
Microphone, Electronics
James received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Music Technology from Northwestern University, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. While studying composition at Northwestern James recorded several pieces for tape taking advantage of studio equipment including an ARP 2600 and a modular Moog system before moving to digital recording and exploring FM synthesis with the unique sound capabilities of the Yamaha TX81Z.

While designing audio hardware and software for Motorola’s then new digital tier of radios, James became interested in microphone feedback systems and began to explore this sonic territory through improvisation. Together with several musicians from Northwestern, James performed at various locations in Evanston and Chicago including Northwestern, as well as ISIM in Ann Arbor, the Spark Festival at the University of Minnesota, ICMC in New Orleans, and a performance of John Cage's Musicircus at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

James has since moved on to develop iOS applications professionally and has released a performance application of his own that offers the unique capability of playing a virtually unlimited number of iTunes songs simultaneously while providing the ability to control volume, pan, and playback speed of each individual track. James also continues to explore the application of feedback systems in other genres of music such as rock and folk. Most recently James founded The Musicology Group to develop innovative signal processing tools for digital music creation and has currently released two rack extensions for Propellerhead’s Reason.