gerry bassermann


po box 2350 • el granada • ca • 94018 • 650.712.9891



Eastman School of Music

  • D.M.A. Composition/Conducting 1983
  • M.M. Composition/Piano 1979

University of Connecticut

  • B.M. Theory/Composition 1976

Career Experience

  • currently owns and operates Opus Nine in the San Francisco Bay area, an electronic music consultancy specializing in computer product design, interactive modular music for multimedia, music and custom sound design • clients include E-mu Systems, Creative Insights, Zoom Corporation, Oberheim/Marion Systems, Vivid Publishing, Alesis Corporation, Opcode Systems, Apple Computer, Bias, Kurzweil, Cameo Interactive, Digidesign, MonkeyMedia, Invision Interactive, Tascam, Clavia, Beatware, Akai, BEOS, Antares, Native Instruments, Mackie, Samson, Propellerheads

  • contributed articles about electronic music techniques and technology regularly to Electronic Musician, MIX and Keyboard Magazines, and various user newsletters and technical operation manuals, 1988~now, writing reviews, tutorials, videoplays, etc

  • retained by Antares Systems, Scotts Valley, 1998~04 • music consulting for hardware and software line • worked on product UI and Sound Design, marketing materials, supplemental documentation, script development for presentations

  • contractor/consultant at Interval Research, Palo Alto, 1998~99 • work in user interface, sound design and musical interaction • specializing in musical instrument design for non-musicians

  • retained by Opcode Systems, Palo Alto, 1995~1999 • music consulting for software product line • commissioned to produce live performance pieces, videos, documentation and music compositions

  • retained by Zoom Corporation, Tokyo, 1992-now • consulting on signal processing interfaces, and complete sound design and programming for all OEM piano products • UI and Sound design for drum machine and hard disk recorder product lines • responsible for product sound demonstrations, videos, CD-ROM marketing materials and soundware

  • product specialist for E-mu Systems 1985~1992 • responsible for worldwide clinics and teaching seminars, as well as design specifications for eight product lines, voicing and sound design, and in-house music production • also produced supplemental documentation such as user newsletter and applications-oriented manual appendices
  • electronic music department sales/support at Alex Music, New York City, 1982~1985


  • University of California at Santa Cruz 1995-now • Instructor for Music 80c: History, Literature and Technology of Electronic Music, a large lecture course teaching 100-150 undergraduates • also taught Music 125: Advanced Sound Synthesis, and oversaw Senior Projects in Electronic Music • conceived and designed Music 80R: Music and the WorldWideWeb, teaching this course since 1998 • Music124 Electronic Music Composition

  • Cogswell College, California 1991-92 - responsible for teaching four courses in various software sequencing and sound design programs. Each class combined lecture and lab work, involving soft/hardware interface

  • Teaching Assistant at Eastman School Composition Department 1980-81 - responsible for teaching 20 under-graduate students in private and classroom situations.

  • 15 years private teaching experience in music theory, classical guitar, keyboards and electronic music


  • 2005 ~ now... founder and guitarist with Coastside jazz trio Lush Life
  • 2000 ~ now... co-founder and keyboardist with avant garde projects OHM and Nye's Reef
  • wrote, programmed and performed live multi-media shows internationally from 1986 to present • these performances combine state-of-the-art computer music graphics and automated lighting with live performer(s) • clients include E-mu Systems, Akai, Opcode, Invision Interactive, Digidesign, Cameo
  • founding member of ethno-electric ensemble Haunted By Waters from 1993~02. Engineered and produced the CD 'Like the Dust' in 1995 • mask/dance performances with percussion ensemble D'Cuckoo in 1991
  • founding member San Francisco performance groups Post-Techno Primitive (1992) and Haunted By Waters (1993-02)
  • various work with rock bands including Matinee Idols and Shox (New York City), FX and Heaven Decoy (Santa Cruz, California) • member/performer Santa Cruz HorrorTech, 1985~90


  • study with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, Charles Whittenburg, Hale Smith

  • winner Sernoffsky Composition Prize 1979, 1980 and Eastman Composition Awards 1979, 1980, 1981

  • arranging and programming work with Suzanne Ciani ('History of My Heart'- 1989)

  • interactive modular music for Portal Web Browser display at Epcot Center 1994-95


  • conductor: Eastman Musica Nova 1980-1982

  • guest conductor: Eastman Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, New York Festival Orchestra

  • director: Moreland Hill Orchestra (CT) 1979 and Newington Choral Society (CT) 1978-79

  • study with David Effron, Sydney Hodkinson, Donald Hunsberger, Jerome Laszloffy