About Me

I'm a musician, composer, producer, performer, and lover of sounds. I release a handful of albums every year
I built a modular synthesizer from scratch without any electronics experience (and you can too!)
I'm a volunteer, an activist, and an LGBTQ+ ally
I'm a friendly atheist, a member of Center for Inquiry–Michigan, and the founder of the Alto Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
I like to ferment stuff, code stuff, and am constantly learning new things
I love to fish (I have a blog mostly devoted to the subject), forage, hike, kayak, camp, and be outside
I'm the Head Fixer of Stuff at ChartCapture

Back in Chicago I taught Music Technology for grad students at Columbia College Chicago
I Earned an MFA in Film Scoring from the same place
Before that, I got BAs in Music and Spanish from Western Michigan University
I used to play saxophone, keyboards, and organ as a freelance (mostly jazz) musician in Chicagoland

I'm from Flint, Michigan and currently reside just outside Grand Rapids in lovely rural Alto, surrounded by cornfields and cows
I have a wife named Claire, a dog named Walter, and a studio full of musical instruments

Shoot me an email at chrisbeckstrom@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter. Let's be friends!

Modular Synth Videos

Videos of my Homemade Modular Synthesizer