Phil Burk


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Phil Burk has had a passion for electronics since he was a kid growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He built radio circuits before he was a teen and combined that interest with his love of music. He later developed his skills at Mills College Center for Contemporary Music and worked in the video game industry in the early days of DSP (digital signal processors). In 2013 Phil joined the Android Audio Framework team at Google, a job fitting for his skills and background. Phil also worked with the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) and AMEI to help create the next generation of Musical Instrument's Digital Interface, MIDI 2.0. As he explained, MIDI 2.0 is not a replacement for the original specifications but rather an extension that builds on the main ideas and functions of the first generation of this technology.