Jiffer earned his MA in Music, Science and Technology at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) in 2012. At Stanford he developed interactive systems including apps and musical instruments. He also composed, produced and mixed content for 3D and surround including live sound performance systems. His work at CCRMA also included digital signal processing for audio effects, sound synthesis, interaction design for music, acoustics and intermedia production. This experience inspired the creation of new tools for creating musical interactions and the use of robotic technologies which he developed at the ATLAS institute.
His Ph.D. dissertation explored The Development and Use of Scaffolded Design Tools for Interactive Music. The results of that work include two toolkits for designing digital musical instruments and midi controlled musical robot. They have been used in numerous workshops, performances and installation. Check out Modular-Muse.com for more information and to purchase these tools.
Jiffer received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2002. He worked as an engineer for 7+ years before finally scratching is itch to do something with music and heading to Stanford in 2010. In 2008 he earned a Masters Certificate of Music Production and Technology from Berklee College of Music online, studying music production, critical listening and sound design. From 2006-2008 he produced a web series from the Denver chapter of a singer songwriter group known as Songpull; recording, editing and syncing audio and video, in addition to participating as a songwriter and performer.