biography

Hello!

My name is Thor.

I’m a third-generation computer programmer,  a first-generation DJ, and a second generation Canadian.  I am from Victoria, and live in New York City, where I work for Spotify, helping to find the best jams for you.  Past affiliations of that sort include drip.fm, the McGill music technology program, The Echo Nest, and the University of Victoria.

A friend of mine once said that I “combine interesting things in unique ways”.  With the caveat that most of those things involve music and computers (and sometimes photos, videos, and video games), I can’t think of a better way to describe myself.

My halcyon days as a DJ were 2004-2009 or so:  I released music on Kompakt, Fade, and Primal, played a ton of shows, and ran a label called Tide Pool that got love from people like James Holden and Chloe Harris.  I still DJ and make music, but no longer with the goal of conquering the electronic music world.  I also have a secret life as a composer of ‘art music’:  four string quartets, two pieces for orchestra, and so on.

As a hacker, I’m a former maintainer of the Echo Nest Remix API.  I’ve also interned for SoundCloud, the CHISEL group at the University of Victoria, and the Canadian Navy (?!).  I’m a big fan of Python and JavaScript, have a complex relationship with Ruby, and am frightened (but intrigued!) by Haskell, and Lisp.

I like cats and the future.