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Ben Hippen
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
20th century American symphonic
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
San Francisco
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I was a professional composer/arranger in the 80s and 90s, and also used to do lot of music technology projects. (Among others, I worked with the original development team of Finale in the 80s, and managed the very first large-scale commercial Finale publishing project using a pre-release beta version of the program.)

Later on I lived in northeast Africa and got caught in a war there. This led to a major career side-slip -- wanting to develop skills for international relief work, I applied to medical school.

Now, 13 years later, I'm finished with the long years (and hours!) of residency training and am a practicing ER doc. I still do work in Africa, but now that I have more space in my life I'm getting back into music in a big way.

The technological resources that are available to a composer or producer today are absolutely staggering to someone who left the business in the 1990s; every week it seems I run across something that was only a dream back when I was working in the field. I'm looking forward to exploring the modern world of music technology; in a sense I'm both an old veteran and a complete newbie....

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At 7:10am on October 13, 2012, Gordon Francis Blaney Jr. said…

Welcome! And, cool music!

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