Greg is a San Francisco native with over thirty years combined experience as an executive producer, creative director, music producer, publisher, music supervisor, educator and entrepreneur.

His passions and expertise lie at the convergence of music and sound production, interactive entertainment, and higher education. Clients include major game developers and publishers like Microsoft Studios, Insomniac Games, Ubisoft, Disney, Sony, Sega, Blizzard Entertainment and Zynga with whom Greg has worked on award winning titles including: Halo Anniversary, Sunset Overdrive, World Of Warcraft, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Tron Run/r, and God Of War. 

Greg has also worked with many recording artists including The Bronx, K Theory, Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez and Rocker T, and Rob Garza Of Thievery Corporation as well as high-profile technology brands including Samsung, Nvidia, GoPro, and Apple. 

Greg is a twenty five year voting member of The National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences and served on the board of The Grammys as both a Governor and Trustee. He has been a leading advocate for recognition by The Recording Academy for music in games. He is also a long standing voting member and active supporter of The Game Audio Net Guild (GANG), the world’s largest organization of game audio professionals. 

He has conducted panels, and lectures at SXSW, The SF Music Tech Conference, AES Conference, The Academy of Art Institute of San Francisco, and GRAMMY Soundtables.

Greg was voted entrepreneur of the Year by The Renaissance Center For Entrepreneurship and named to the 2015 Inner City 100 list (ICIC) in recognition of Pyramind Inc's rapid growth.

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Gregory J. Gordon

Chief Executive Officer

// Creative Director

 

 
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Matt Donner

Chief Academic Officer

// Senior Instructor

 

Matt Donner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Penn State) and a Masters in Music Technology (NYU). While developing his Producer and Engineering chops in NYC, he soon found himself working for high-profile studios like Sound on Sound and Greene Street. He went on to perform for various TV studios and John Cale (Velvet Underground) that included 3 feature film scores with John Cale (Velvet Underground). 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 found himself in high demand in the studio scene and became an award- winning Regional Technical Director for Guitar Center, and the Pro Tools Support Lead for the Cutting Edge Audio Group where he served as studio designer, installer and trainer for the likes of Joe Satriani, Metallica, Benny Reitveld (Santana and the SF Jazz Fest) as well as many private studios including Wally World (Walter A., 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. He claims no responsibility for Jar Jar Binks.

In January 2000, he and Greg Gordon began working together exclusively at Pyramind where they began running the hybrid Production/ Training businesses successfully. Matt has served the company as Chief Engineer, Senior Producer/ Composer, Chief Technical Officer, Vice- President and now as CAO and COO. He helped grow the Pyramind Training program from a single 24 hour class to the highly-touted 900 hour 12-month Complete Producer. He has trained thousands of students, mixed/ mastered dozens of records and has published several magazine articles. Matt has also written two texts on Pro Tools (Thomson Press) as well as the Pyramind Training three-book series published (Alfred Publishing).

Matt currently lives in San Francisco and Davis, CA with his wife Kimberly and his two children, Marcus and Madison. He has been training in Mixed Martial Arts and Bak Mei Kung Fu for 10 years and on good days, surfs the Pacific at Ocean Beach on his Al Merrick 6’ 2” fish. The pacific usually wins. 

 

 

Daniel Blum began playing music at the age of three as a cellist; since then he has learned to play the gamut of instruments: piano, violin, trumpet, french horn, guitar, bass, and ultimately percussion and drum set. Earning his Bachelor’s in Music from California State University Northridge in Percussion Performance, Daniel worked in Los Angeles and abroad as a freelance percussionist and drum set player performing with the Debut Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Burbank Symphony, Music Theater West, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Suicide Cowboy, Culture Crash Orquestra, umbrellaMAN, and Tumbleweed Wanderers. He’s also recorded at a varied wealth of studios including Capitol Records, Conway Studios, the Eastwood Sound Stage, Skywalker Sound, Broken Radio Studios, Tiny Telephone, Hyde Street Studios, New Improved Recording, Panoramic Studios, Fantasy Studios. and many more. 

Moving to San Francisco in 2010, Daniel attended Pyramind to expand to the digital world of music production and recording engineering. After graduating he was quickly hired as the Admissions Coordinator and music theory teacher assisting in the editing and image creation of their Pyramind Training Series book ‘Music Theory, Songwriting, and the Piano,’ creating graphic assets for print and web materials, assisting in the development of their online class system, and jumping at any project no matter how varied.

Daniel is well-versed in composition, orchestration, and music copying and has worked on films, commercials, and video games as well as with various bands and solo artist in the Bay Area. His training at Pyramind allowed him to moonlight as a recording and mix engineer for various artist and his own project, Tumbleweed Wanderers, who’s first two EPs were recorded and mixed by Daniel at the Pyramind Studios. With the Wanderers, Daniel has performed, recorded, mixed, produced, and orchestrated three EP’s, two full length albums, has played storied venues the Great American Music Hall, the Independent, the Fox Theater, the Troubadour, the Bowery Ballroom, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and performed at many of the leading music festivals including Electric Forest, Hangout, Summer Camp, Snowball, Hardly Strictly Blue Grass, and Outside Lands.

After a two and a half year hiatus, Daniel returned to Pyramind and his role as Admissions Coordinator to bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and students. He continues to be an in demand session player in San Francisco and produces, records, mixes, and composes for bands, solo artist, and his own work.

Daniel Blum

Admissions and Program Manager

 

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”. 

 

Steve Heithecker

Engineer

// Senior Instructor

// Pro Tools Expert

 

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 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 and educational complex. 

Hideki Yamashita

IT Director//
Facility Manager

 


 

Liam Shy is a dynamic and passionate audiophile, dedicated to the world of sound his entire life. His work includes being a Music Producer, DJ, Sound Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Instructor and advocate for the electronic music community. Liam graduated from the Pyramind in 2009 specializing in Music Production, Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering. He has worked professionally as a Sound Designer and Composer including work on titles for the Wii and nationally broadcasted television commercials.

In addition Liam has run several successful music projects, most notably DISSØLV, a live EDM band specializing in dubstep and psytrance combined with classical and tribal themes. The band featured Liam as the vocalist, guitarist and live electronic manipulator – alongside violinist Valentin Santana, keyboardist Lauren Keys and Drummer Zeta Ceti. The band has opened for Infected Mushroom on several occasions including performing at the esteemed Warfield Theatre (2010) and Fillmore Auditorium (2011). http://www.dissolv.net

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Liam Shy

// Ableton Live // Mixing & Mastering // Instructor

 

 

Eric Kuehnl is a composer, sound designer, and educator. Eric is currently the Assistant Director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills  CA.  Previously, Eric was an Audio Training Strategist in the Avid Education Department, and a Senior House Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. His game audio credits include games for Sony Computer Entertainment, Technicolor, Namco Bandai, Ninja Theory, and Juice.  He has also worked as a supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer on a number of independent films and documentaries. 

As a studio technician Eric has a worked with many of the Bay Area’s best artists including Skywalker Sound, Pixar, American Zoetrope, Fantasy Studios, One Union, Polarity Post, The Plant, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, Santana, Les Claypool, Amon Tobin, and Blackalicious.  As one of only a handful of Avid Master Instructors, Eric has trained faculty at a number of music colleges including Full Sail, Expression College, Musician’s Institute, Savannah College of Artist & Design, USC, L.A. Film School, L.A. Recording School, the Art Institutes, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and many more.   He is the primary author of Avid’s Pro Tools and Game Audiocourse, and contributes to many of the official Avid courses covering Music, Post Production, Control Surfaces, and Live Sound. 

When not working as an audio guru, Eric composes and performs electro-acoustic music and plays acoustic and electric bass in a number of Bay Area bands.  Eric is the creative director of the Electroacoustica festival of experimental electronic music held at Foothill College each Spring.  He holds a Master's degree from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and studied composition at the Centre Iannis Xenakis in Paris.

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Eric Kuehnl

// Game Audio // Instructor

 

 
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Steffen Franz

// Music Business // Instructor

Steffen has been in the music business for almost 30 years and brings his many years of experience to his current positions. For the past 18 years, Steffen has run his own independent record label, Positive Sound Massive Recordings, releasing over 20 different albums and singles over the past decade and a half. He has also produced dozens of albums for other people and has deep knowledge in both the production and label management aspects of the music business.

In addition to running PSM for the past 18 years, Steffen founded a physical and digital distribution and marketing company called Independent Distribution Collective in 2004 that currently manages a catalog of over 600 titles in almost 400 independent stores (and a few major chains) across the US. Steffen also developed “InstantDistro” a turnkey marketing and promotion system that now includes Print, Radio, Retail and Web promotions as well as music licensing, artist management and booking as well.

Steffen loves all aspects of the music business and teaches Music Business 101, 110, and 301 at Pyramind, an audio production school in San Francisco. In 2013, Steffen was named President of Tarpan Records, an independent record label founded by multi- platinum, Grammy winner, Narada Michael Walden, based in San Rafael, CA. 


Ryan Rey is a composer, guitarist, and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes music for chamber ensembles, symphonic band, orchestra, rock groups, videogames, ringtones, and film.

At the age of 5, Ryan’s first instrument was a bright orange and neon green plastic toy guitar and his first recording setup was a Playschool cassette player with microphone combo. Using this toy tape recorder, he captured the sound of his screaming voice and feedback noises. This was his first exploration into composition. Nowadays, classical chamber music, electronic loops, heavy metal, and a mix of other genres influence his music.

In 2009, Ryan was the inaugural recipient of the Glenn Glasow Fellowship in Music Composition which commissioned “Shaped By A Burr Grinder” for woodwind quintet. He has also been commissioned by Composers, Inc., Guerrilla Composers Guild, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Intersection Workshop, and REDSHIFT Ensemble. His compositions have been performed by Rodrigo Cortes (baritone), Guy Livingston (piano), Stephan Poetzsch (violin), REDSHIFT Ensemble, as well as numerous ensembles from CSUEB that include: Jazz Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Trombone Ensemble. Feature film soundtracks include: All About Dad (2009), Liquor Store Cactus (2009), and documentary Corner Stores (2013). Other film productions include work for: CSUEB, Dirty Shoe Crew, Hemogoblin Teradactle, and Hewlett-Packard. His music has been performed in France, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, and throughout the United States.

Ryan holds a B.A. in Music Composition and is currently completing an M.A. in Music Composition from CSU, East Bay. He currently teaches Music Theory and Piano at Pyramind and Recording Arts, Music Theory, Electronic Music, and Guitar at Fusion Academy. As well, Ryan is an Artistic Co-director for Composers, Inc. and also plays guitar (sometimes trombone and backup vocals) in the chiptune/folk/ doom/chamber music band, The Mineral Kingdom. 

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Ryan Rey

// Music Theory

// Piano // Instructor

 

 
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Shawn Mercado

(M3RC)

// DJ Instructor

Shawn began his journey into the electronic music world at the age of 15. As a high school student, Shawn managed to piece together a DJ setup and practice everyday until he mastered his craft. Shortly after graduating high school, Shawn decided to take the next step and start producing his own original music. He later enrolled at Pyramind and completed the CORE program in 2013. Shawn has performed at many world renowned venues & events including; Avalon Hollywood, Ruby Skye, The Regency Ballroom, Fox Theater, Sunrise Event Center, LovEvolution, Control LA/SF, Insomniac Awakening, etc. He has performed with artists such as; Noisia, Zedd, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Madeon, Tommy Trash, Dada Life, The M Machine, The Chainsmokers, LA Riots, Blasterjaxx, and many more.

Shawn currently holds a residency at Ruby Skye nightclub & Control in San Francisco under his solo alias ‘M3RC’. While attending Pyramind, Shawn took on an internship in the studio department which lead to the start of a new duo ‘BNZA’ with Pyramind’s production manager, Mike Forst. The two have had recent success with their productions including an official remix of ‘The Wall’ by K Theory and their original track ‘Make Your Head Pop’ for Microsoft’s AAA title game ‘Sunset Overdrive.’ 

 

 

korise Jubert

Content Marketing Specialist

 

 
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Mario Graham

Avid Pro Tools // Student Services Coordinator // Instructor

Mario Graham is a Miami-born producer, DJ and engineer.
His journey into music began at age 16 when he began taking guitar lessons at School of Rock Miami, there he performed live at venues around Miami including Tobacco Road and Gibson Guitar Center in Wynwood. After leaving the School of Rock at 18, Mario began producing electronic music with Logic Pro 9. Soon after he formed an electronic music duo named MK:21 where he and his collaborator blended styles of Nu-Disco, Funk , UK Bass and House. Mario currently makes music under his solo alias' Mokṣa and sharc.

He completed a custom program here at Pyramind and has been working with us since March 2016, first as an Assistant Studio Manager and most recently as Student Services Coordinator and Pro Tools 101/110 Instructor.

 

 

Spanning a career with over 150 releases, he’s won a Grammy® nomination, had his own Coke® bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, DJ’d the 2006 MTV® AVMAs and launched two comp series for Defected.

As a producer, you’ll see his name on the biggest releases from Moulton Studios, OM, Naked Music and Defected. He’s remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Kaskade to Miguel Migs.

Jay-J’s syndicated radio show, “Live From…”, allows fans to “join him live from” his gigs worldwide, showcasing the latest tracks from his signature, Funky House/West Coast sound.

On Shifted Music you’ll find releases by Jay-J as well as some of the best talent he’s discovered while sharing his passion for House Music around the globe.

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Jay-J Hernandez

Logic Pro // Pro Tools // Mixing & Mastering // Instructor

 

 
Brandon Roos

 

Brandon Roos has found a niche at Pyramind doing many different jobs. After completing Pyramind's Complete Producer program, he interned for several months assisting with content creation and facilities maintenance. Following his internship he was hired as a production assistant on Ubisoft's Watchdogs 2 where he assisted with dialogue recording of world AI characters. Soon after, he was brought onto Pyramind's production team as a dialogue editor, sound designer, and composer. Brandon has contributed sound to many games and other projects in the form of dialogue recording and editing for Watchdogs 2, Evilbane: Rise of Ravens, and Ice Age: Arctic Blast, composing music for HTC's Arcade Saga, and creating sound effects for Wiz Khalifa's Weed Farm. On top of working on production projects, Brandon now manages Pyramind's voiceover pipeline. He is also a part of Pyramind's mentorship network providing one-on-one training in Ableton Live. When he isn't working on projects for Pyramind, he uses Ableton to produce bass music as Smoltron. He has been featured on multiple Team Supreme cyphers alongside fellow Pyramind graduate Cole Smithers. 

Brandon Roos

Studio Manager

 

 

Beginning as a student at Pyramind, Jimmy Su has since graduated to join the Studio Manager team after first working as an intern.  Pursuing music as a career, he decided to enroll himself at Pyramind to learn basic audio fundamentals, recording techniques, and music production. Coming in with zero knowledge of how sound works, he is now skilled at composing, arranging, and mixing in Ableton live, as well as recording live bands.

Jimmy is also a local musician and producer working with talent all over the Bay Area.  He spends most of his free time playing jazz or producing electronic music under the alias, Aurka.  The music he makes is performed by a live band, which hybridizes the electronic music experience with the organic energy of live instrumentation.  

As a Studio Manager, he coordinates much of the day-to-day operations in the facility, as well as interfacing with clients and students.  Joining the Pyramind team has allowed him to continue developing in a musical environment. 

Jimmy Su

Jimmy Su

Studio Manager