Aiden Benton Musician & Programmer

Curriculum Vitæ

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Skills

Technical
  • C++, Python, Java
  • SuperCollider, Tidal Cycles
  • Networking
  • API Design
  • Docker Compose
  • Windows 10 & 11, MacOS, Linux
Software
  • Pro Tools, Reaper, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition
  • Dorico 5, Finale
  • DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Projects


Senior Capstone: Modeled Modules

Ongoing project focused on the development of Unit Generators (UGens) for the SuperCollider programming language, simulating synthesizer modules. The project involves working with the SuperCollider Server API in C++ and direct implementation within the SuperCollider language.

This undertaking not only involves coding work but also includes the creation of a research paper and presentation.

SuperCollider Configuration GUI

Designed and developed a Graphical User Interface (GUI) aimed at streamlining the configuration process for both the SuperCollider server and SuperDirt in conjunction with Tidal Cycles. Originally conceived to simplify Tidal Cycles configuration and sample loading for beginners, the project evolved into a way to increase ease of use for both SuperCollider and Tidal Cycles.

This cross-platform ‘quark’ is implemented using the SuperCollider language, offering many features to enhance the user experience. Notable functionalities include intuitive sound device selection, the ability to save preferred settings for quick access, efficient loading of new samples in SuperDirt, and general configuration options. The project contributes to the accessibility and user-friendliness of SuperCollider and Tidal Cycles, catering to both beginners and advanced users alike.

Home Server

Established a home server infrastructure utilizing a Raspberry Pi 4 with Ubuntu Server. Deployed and configured a number of applications, including a JellyFin media server and a Nextcloud instance, employing Docker and Docker Compose for streamlined app installation and management. Implemented port forwarding and assigned a domain name to allow for external access. Continually monitors system security and executes routine maintenance tasks to ensure optimal server performance.

Website Migration

Engaged in a project as part of the Short Term High Impact Project (SHIP) program, facilitated by the Christopher Newport University Center for Career Planning. Teamed up with Quality of Life Inc to revamp their non-profit website. Successfully migrated the existing WordPress site to Squarespace, introducing a contemporary aesthetic and user experience. Additionally, offered instructions to enable a seamless transition post-project completion, ensuring the site would continue to meet the client’s vision.

Experience


Research Apprenticeship

Christopher Newport University, August 2023 to present

  • Assisted Dr. Maxwell Tfirn with academic research, technical, and administrative tasks
  • Served as a recording engineer for studio projects
  • Maintained an archive for video recordings of department performances
  • Digitized hand written scores using the Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Recording Internship

Christopher Newport University, March 2021 to present

  • Led scheduling and task management for the recording team as the student leader
  • Conducted training sessions on audio recording techniques and equipment operation
  • Oversaw live streaming and recording of music department events, ensuring quality production
  • Adapted to changing equipment and performed advanced troubleshooting, demonstrating flexibility and problem-solving skills
  • Applied best practices in audio recording to enhance overall quality and efficiency

Underwriting Tech Internship

Kinsale Insurance, Summer 2023

  • Gained hands-on experience with underwriting software and tools
  • Assisted underwriters in evaluating and processing insurance applications
  • Attended professional development meetings

Education


Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Bachelor of the Arts, Music Technology with minor in Computer Science expected May 2024

  • Honors Program, Dean’s List 2023, GPA 3.86
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society
  • Assembled a microphone for an independent research project, March 2023
  • Office of Research and Creative Activity Paideia conference, April 2023
  • Audio Running Crew for Sweeney Todd (2021) and Everybody (2022), Department of Theater

Career Interests


  • Software Development
  • Sound Design
  • Audio Engineering
  • Game Sound
  • Network Administration and Design