In late 1993, I moved to Seattle for film audio studies. Engaging and recording with the free jazz and improv scene, I connected with Eyvind Kang, Matt Chamberlain of Pearl Jam, and Skerik. Through Matt, I met figures from Seattle's rock scene, including Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Jack Endino.
Seattle's collaborative atmosphere led me to diverse genres. I launched Aleph Recordings in my basement, working with metal bands, Sun O))), Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room, and other experimental and electronic artists.
I was influenced by Brian Eno, Connie Plank, and Tchad Blake, who transformed the recording studio into an instrument. At my own studio, I was exploring diverse recording methods — delving into distortion; learning how it could bring more richness to a sound. I spent years micing different instruments and collaborating with experimental musicians with large vocabularies.