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Chris Kincaid

Chris Kincaid

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  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording


Chris Kincaid is a musician, audio engineer, and educator spending his free time building synthesizers and audio equipment. If you get excited about taking things apart, building things, breaking things, or unusual sounds then we should be friends!

Chris completed his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville writing works for opera, orchestra, solo, and a variety of chamber ensembles. As an audio engineer Chris specializes in the classical and experimental fields. He lectures at Bellarmine University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology on topics including digital audio and recording techniques. Chris has designed innovative curriculum in applied music technology, as the laptop/midi controller combo becomes as mainstream as traditional instruments. He has presented his findings at both the International Computer Music Conference and the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting. Chris serves as the program director of Audio Builders Workshop (ABW), a workgroup of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) which promotes DIY audio electronics education. As an active member of AES Chris has chaired the ABW technical program for the last two national AES conventions. Chris has presented his work related to music technology at conferences including AES, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and American Music Therapy Association Conference. He enjoys writing and performing music with modular synthesizers and continues writing concert music, most recently a string quartet inspired by the weaving traditions of Appalachia. His music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and through his own website at

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

Graduate Dean's Citation - University of Louisville, 2015
Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship - University of Louisville School of Music, 2013 - 2015
Warren Babb Award - University of Louisville School of Music, 2010 — 2013

Education Background

Master of Music, Music Composition
University of Louisville, Louisville KY

Bachelor of Music, Music Composition
University of Louisville, Louisville KY

Employment History

Lecturer, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, Music and Arts Technology.
2016 to Present
Applied Music Technology
Introduction to Digital Audio
Director of electronic ensemble

Lecturer, Bellarmine University
2019 to Present
Foundations of Digital Music
Recording Technology I
Soundtrack Music

Freelance Recording Engineer
2012 to Present

Related Experience

Built (too many to count) synthesizer modules, preamplifiers, compressors, microphones, and other audio devices using both through-hole and smd components.

Built studio space, furniture, and acoustic treatment.

Why Am I An AES Member?

To meet folks doing interesting work, learn about my craft, and to share my experiences with others.

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