Janet Dunbar began singing and playing piano, guitar and flute at an early age back in her hometown of Tenafly, N.J. Her interest in composing developed out of many years of improvising in pop, folk and jazz bands and playing in classical ensembles in New Jersey, and later while living and working in Berkeley, California and environs in the 80's. In Berkeley, Janet came under the influence of the diverse musical styles from all over the world that come together in that community. During the early 90's, she went back to school for a masters in music at San Jose State University where she studied instrumental music, voice, composition and electronic music. In 1994 she began working at the world renowned Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (fondly known as CCRMA - pronounced KARMA) at Stanford. There she immersed herself in electronic and computer music under the influence of such noted personalities as Chris Chafe, inventor of a special electronic cello (aka the celletto), and John Chowning, the inventor of FM synthesis. While finishing her doctorate in composition and computer music in 1998 at Stanford, Janet spent many hours in the main recording studio and in the digital recording studio at the computer experimenting with Protools real-time TDM digital signal processing plug-ins and algorithmic composition computing environments such as Stella. She now co-directs About Music, a music education company in Saratoga, CA, and their independent label, Amberlight Productions, with poet/drummer/guitarist Richard Holmes.
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