John S. CooperMy name is John Cooper.

I’m an obsessively inquisitive lifelong learner and tinkerer.   Every couple years, I fall deeply under the spell of a new subject, and study it intensely.   Some subjects have captured my interest for longer than others: guitar, piano and keyboards, songwriting, woodworking, electronics, audio/video production, Chinese, astronomy, hypnagogia, gardening, …

In this blog, I’ll share some of my current obsessions.

Officially, I’m a software engineer at Korg Research & Development.  Since 2001, I’ve been working on Korg’s flagship KRONOS and OASYS synthesizer workstations, and related technologies.   Prior to Korg, I worked at a number of now defunct companies, including  Thomas Dolby‘s company, Beatnik, where I developed the Beatnik Editor; and Opcode Systems, where I co-developed the fusion:Effects series of audio processing plugins; and even a brief stint at the Gibson Guitar electronic instruments R&D group.

From 1999 to 2015, I hosted the Planet Z Scope Forums, dedicated to the Sonic Core (Creamware Pulsar) audio-dsp platform.   I co-developed some plugins in for Scope under the name Orbitone.  I’m no longer running Scope myself, and the community forums have now moved here.

I play guitar and sing in the cover band The Drop Daddies.

I live in California with my wife and our two daughters.  My extended family live mostly in Australia and China.

I look forward to hearing from you, so please get in touch.  I do try to answer all questions- but I get many emails and youtube comments everyday, so I sometimes get a bit behind- please be patient.  And I really appreciate all the kind great job‘s and thank you’s.  I don’t always have time to individually respond to all well wishes, but please know that I really appreciate the kind feedback!   Thank you!