A Musical Childhood
Douglas started playing keyboards shortly after he was born to an amazing family in Cupertino, California. He was fascinated by keyboards, organs and pianos from a very early age. Riding his bike down to the local organ/piano store, he quickly made a pest of himself by playing each and every instrument in the store. The enraged (and charmed, no doubt) employees soon realized that Douglas wasn't going away. Numerous calls were placed to his parents who finally broke down and purchased his first organ, the Thomas Californian. He then proceeded to drive his family and the neighbors nuts with non-stop organ playing, his renditions of Santana, Gershwin and the Beatles were enjoyed (tolerated), throughout his otherwise quiet middle class Cupertino suburb.
Music Technology and Digital Sampling
Playing in bands through his teen years in Cupertino and Victoria, BC, he later migrated back to santa cruz, in Northern California, a hotbed of digital audio. In the early 1980s, E-Mu Systems had set up shop in Santa Cruz in a house on Broadway and Ocean. Doug had met some of the muons and quickly became enamored with this new sampling technology. Next thing you know, he's sampling drums for the Drumulator. His first sale was to Christopher Franke of Tangerine Dream. He kept sampling as he worked in the test department then marketing before moving over to Optical Media International (OMI) down the coast in the hills of Aptos, California, then to Los Gatos. OMI had developed the first desktop cd.rom publishing, TOPIX. The first cd.rom published of sounds was for E-Mu's Emulator II. The CDS3 cd.rom drive connected to the EII via rs422 finally enabling users to escape the drudgery of the floppy disc and load from cd.rom providing access to hundreds of sounds at the press of a button. Doug managed the development of the second volume of Universe of Sounds released to a vast audience of customers including Pink Floyd, The Cure, Stevie Wonder and many other A-list film and tv composers and producers. OMI continued implementing connectivity between most hardware samplers on the market including Akai S1000, Kurzweil, Roland and Oberheim. This connectivity opened up the access for users and thus heralding the beginning of the sample market. In 1993 Douglas and Susan spun out of OMI and created Q Up Arts, leaving Los Gatos and heading back to the beach. After 23 years, Q Up Arts is creating content, developing and licensing samples and loops for a variety of customers and companies across the globe.
Music for Aquariums
On a scuba diving trip off the coast of Southern California in the 1990s, Doug dove with some employees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, (MBA), most notably, Chuck Saltsman, video and film producer for the aquarium. Becoming fast friends, they agreed to work together on future exhibits for MBA. This turned out to be a very successful collaboration between Dougl and the design team at MBA. Many award-winning exhibits were created over the years; Mysteries of the Deep, Jellies; Living Art, Sharks; Myth or Mystery? Mission to the Deep, The Secret Lives of Seahorses and many more.
In 2002, Douglas met Brent Anderson, the founder of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, (LLPA) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Douglas started donating music to the exhibits at this new facility, starting out small in the Gateway mall, LLPA now resides in a state of the art 130,000 square foot facility in Draper, Utah.
Douglas designed the sound and music collaborating with Brent and the design team as well as bringing in an audio hardware playback team.
by November of 2017, over three million visitors had enjoyed the exhibits ranging from a red rock slot canyon to a shark tunnel to a penguin gallery.
Douglas and the designers opened a new exhibit, "Expedition Asia" in jun of 2016. Douglas played live at the aquarium over the summer of 2017. Aptly named sea melodies featured Douglas and special musical guests playing in the shark gallery, jellies and penguin areas. Recordings of the gigs are posted on Soundcloud.