The Pyramind Team
Gregory J. Gordon
CEO & Founder
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Greg’s passions revolve around music: everything that goes into making it and the communities who love and support it. He’s the CEO and founder of Pyramind Studios and Training, a leading-edge production and training company specializing in interactive sound development and music production. In 1997 Greg was asked to develop the digital audio curriculum at SF State University’s multi media studies program and in 2003, with Chief Academic Officer Matt Donner, Greg expanded Pyramind Studios to create a music and audio production school, Pyramind Training.
Over the past ten years Pyramind has expanded to two buildings, four studios, two music composition suites, and two multi-media labs that service Pyramind’s AAA video game and music production clientele as well as the diverse student body that comes to study at Pyramind from all over the world.
Greg now spends much of his time as Director Of Production for Pyramind Studios where he and his award winning team work with some of the biggest names in interactive entertainment: From Microsoft Studios and Ubisoft to Sony and Sega Studios, including scores recorded with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra at Skywalker Sound. Greg’s personal credits range from: Mixing AAA scores like Halo Anniversary and Iron Man II to mastering award winning titles like Kinect Disneyland, Fable III, and God Of War II and working with international recording artists and DJ’s like Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) , Roger Shah, Jef Stott (Six Degrees), Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez & Rocker T and numerous others.
Greg is a 20+ year voting member of The Recording Academy and a former Trustee and current Governor for the San Francisco Chapter. Greg graduated with honors from SFSU with an interdisciplinary major in music, business, and audio & video production. In 2007 he was awarded the “Established Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Renaissance School of Entrepreneurship where he received certificates of recognition and merit from State Assemblyman Mark Leno, San Francisco City Treasurer Jose Cisneros and California State Senator Carole Migden.
CAO // Senior Instructor
Hometown: Spring Valley, NY
Matt Donner cut his Producer and Engineering chops in NYC while earning his Masters degree. He found himself working for high-profile studios like Sound on Sound (Diddy, Anita Baker) and Greene Street (Run DMC and Public Enemy). He went on to various TV studios and John Cale (Velvet Underground) that included 3 feature film scores using Pro Tools version 1.0 and a two-day live event to open the Andy Warhol Museum. After signing his band to an indy record deal, his cross-country tour brought him to SF where the drummer exploded – how typical.
Matt quickly became an award-winning Regional Technical Director for Guitar Center, and the Studio Installation Lead for the Cutting Edge Audio Group where he served the likes of Joe Satriani, Metallica, Benny Reitveld (Santana and the SF Jazz Fest) as well as hundreds of private studios including Wally World (N’Sync, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion). A crowning achievement during this period was to install, troubleshoot, deliver and support 50 Pro Tools workstations for the legendary Skywalker Sound during production of Star Wars Episode 1.
In January 2000, he and Greg Gordon began working together exclusively at Pyramind and has served the company as Chief Engineer, Senior Producer/ Composer, Chief Technical Officer, Vice-President and now Chief Academic Officer. He has mixed/mastered a hundred or so records (including his own released in 2002) as well as publishing several magazine articles. Matt has also written two texts on Pro Tools (Pro Tools Overdrive V 6.9 and V7 for Thomson Press) as well as having authored and managed a 3-book deal with Alfred Press, now available at Amazon.com. He’s also given many talks on the subject including having joined the highly lauded Game Audio Education panel at AES here in SF.
Matt teaches hundreds of Pyramind students every year focusing on Producing, arranging, Applied Music Theory, Scoring for Games/ Film and Audio Production and Mixing. He manages Pyramind’s Online School and serves as Chief Operating Officer, Subject Matter Expert, and Instructional Designer for Pyramind Training.
Director of Education // Senior Instructor
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
A practicing musician for over 20 years, Bryan’s main instruments are electric and acoustic guitar and electric bass. While obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations at Pennsylvania State University, Bryan played in local bands, organized open mic nights and continued taking and teaching private lessons.
His first professional studio experience came working outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a local independent studio tracking local bands and burning as many hours in the studio as humanly possible. Shortly thereafter, he invested in his first home studio (remember ADAT??) and recorded six solo records before enrolling with Pyramind in 2005.
Hired by Pyramind in 2006, Bryan has gone on to gain Pro Tools Operator Music, Operator Post, and Expert Certification in Versions 7, 8 and 9. Now the Director of Education, Bryan teaches several classes a week and continues to record, produce, mix and master as much music as possible. Additionally Bryan has contributed guitar work to both the Iron Man II and Halo Anniversary video games.
Director of Marketing & Events
Hometown: New Delhi, India
A resident of New Delhi, India, Dheeraj made the move to San Francisco to learn the art and business of music production at Pyramind. Through the education he received, he has gone on to produce tracks that have been signed to MakTub and Kaato Music, and his music has been played by heavy weights in the DJ community the likes of Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Ricardo Villalobos and more.
He has also performed as a DJ at the Sunburn Festival in Goa and has played at numerous venues alongside Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Lee Burridge, Cassy, Stimming, Onur Ozer and more.
Dheeraj’s formal education as a financial management graduate from Hillsdale College, MI. and his work as a financial analyst at Price Waterhouse & Coopers helped pave the way for his placement in the business division of Pyramind. Dheeraj’s deep understanding of analytics, web development, budgeting, and the current climate of the rapidly changing music industry now helps guide the marketing and events produced at Pyramind.
Technical Director // IT Administrator
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Electronic music wiz/hip-hop producer for The Whereabouts and YBS, Deks came to Pyramind for the education and atmosphere, and to satisfy the curiosity he found in making music with computers. Fortunately, the melding of his passion for technology and music has brought him to an industry in which he thrives.
An early Pyramind student, Hideki has since graduated to become Pyramind’s IT Administrator and Assistant Technical Director. Deks works hard to maintain the technical infrastructure at both the 880 and 832 Folsom St. facilities, and the rigorous scheduling and technical requirements of a multi-room studio complex.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Steve brings his years of experience as a recording and mix engineer to the Pyramind team. He is a certified Pro Tools expert operator and is always pushing the limits of what technology has to offer. Steve’s credits include recording the Grammy Award winning and world’s top male acapella chorus, Chanticleer, for the score of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
He also engineered the sessions for the orchestral recordings for Iron Man 2 the video game. Steve’s expert skills in the studio also include his production and mixing of the newest Bill Ortiz (Trumpet Player for The Santana Band) album as well as recording the dialog sessions and mixing the animated series for Halo “The Return” for Waypoint on XBox live.
Before becoming a full time staff member at Pyramind, Steve was the co-founder of Digital Art & Music: a recording studio specializing in hip-hop/rap and alternative rock music. A seasoned producer and keyboardist, Steve has worked on numerous albums and loves adding to that number. Steve has also written and produced music for live theater, film and corporate video.
Steve also co-authored the highly respected “Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results” for Wiley publishing, a book that brought numerous insider techniques to light for anyone using Pro Tools. Steve recently added his insight as a writer and designer to the upcoming Pyramind / Alfred publications “The Pyramind Training Series”.
Hometown: San Carlos, CA
Nick’s passion for music began at the early age of 8, following in his father’s footsteps as a Jazz and Orchestral trumpeter. His musical upbringing led him to an unquenchable desire to produce Top 40 Hip-Hop, R&B, Urban Dance and Film Scoring. As the former manager for the highly acclaimed Bix nightclub and restaurant, Nick brings his years of management expertise to Pyramind Training’s administrative team.
After deciding to go back to school to finish earning a degree in Music Technology from Foothill College, Nick took the advice of several of his instructors to continue his education at Pyramind. When Nick is not tending to the day-to-day business within Pyramind’s Training Department, he is continually creating content, as well as developing his brand. This year, he launched his production and publishing company, A.K.A. Music Group, and has been pushing his music out to both local and national artists procuring licensing and production deals.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Ashley comes from a heavily analytical and technical background, holding a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her path took a somewhat deviated turn when she decided to forgo obtaining a Ph.D. in order to pursue a career in sound that she more deeply loved. She is constantly learning and improving her skills in Recording, Sound Design, Editing, and Implementation.
Her time in the trenches at UC Berkeley has made her organized, methodical, and tough; all skills that help her succeed in her role as the Facilities Manager and Production Assistant at Pyramind. Under Production Manager Mike Forst, and Technical Director Hideki Yamashita, Ashley strives to keep the studios running as cleanly and technically smoothly as possible.
Assistant to Operations & IT Manager
Hometown: New York, NY
JP was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince (Haiti), and had a love and passion for music and performance from a young age. In 2011 JP moved to San Francisco to pursue his studies at Pyramind where he elevated his beat making abilities to full fledged successful productions in Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Dance, and Dancehall.
JP graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology in 2007. As a youth he was enrolled at Lycee Musica where he studied classical piano. During his teen years he DJ’d at local events and parties under the name DJ Hypnotik and now produces and performs under the name DJ Hrmonik. JP is a Propellerheads sponsored artist and runs the SF Bay Area Reason User Group with Steve Heithecker. He is a signed Artist and Music Producer with Main Event Music Group and has released numerous remixes with Sushiraw Records and a single, “Whoosh” written by Dred Skeezy.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA