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Joseph Cirri
President
Most Wanted Song
Zeromus by The Black Mages
As founder and President of Rhythm Authors, Joseph Cirri is responsible for seeing and executing the vision that will bring success to the rest of the team at Rhythm Authors. This isn't new territory for him; seeing the need for online score tracking and leaderboards shortly after the first Guitar Hero game was released, Joseph created ScoreHero.com. ScoreHero rode the wave of popularity that the Guitar Hero series (and later the Rock Band series) created and quickly set itself as the premier community for fans of the games. Joseph was able to cultivate strong relationships with Harmonix Music Systems (developers of Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II and the Rock Band platform) and Neversoft (current developers of the Guitar Hero series) that opened up opportunities rarely afforded to simple fan sites. When not on the cusp of innovation for community driven fan sites, Joseph has a strong developmental background in software and web programming, a master's degree in Software Engineering from Towson University (working on his doctorate in Robotics/Simulation) and has been an avid trumpet player for 15 years. His proven leadership and decision making skills will be valuable assets to Rhythm Authors, but no more than his analytical market skills.
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Sean Feica
Director of Development
Most Wanted Song
Darkshines by Muse
Sean Feica is truly a powerhouse developer; he is a contract professional web developer who has been writing code since the tender age of 8, dabbles in audio engineering, has been pivotal in the success of not one but TWO of the largest rhythm gaming websites in the world (ScoreHero.com and RGCanada.com), classically trained in over a dozen different musical instruments and he even holds a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous Rock Band drumming. Sean will oversee core development of Rhythm Authors from the trenches, doing everything from handling contracts with Artists, to laying down the beat tracks, to making sure each chart meets or exceeds our high quality expectations, to... really this list could go on forever. Sean is a high energy individual with numerous ties to the professional music industry, he is absolutely committed to the success of both Rhythm Authors and the Rock Band Network, pouring all of his energy into making sure it happens.
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Andrew Dovichi
Publications Specialist / Graphics Designer
Most Wanted Song
Surfin' Bird by The Trashmen
Andrew Dovichi brings a diverse skill-set to the already technically refined team at Rhythm Authors. He was one of the major players in the advent of song customization for the Guitar Hero series even going as far as being the first person to publicly release an authored song for play in the original Guitar Hero. His technical knowledge of the Guitar Hero file formats and eagerness to help the community quickly made him an authority on the custom song scene. Outside of the rhythm game genre, Andrew works as a professional game designer, giving him critical insight to how things work and experience in dealing with publishing clients. While working with Rhythm Authors.com, Andrew will prove a major force in the cultivation of the Rock Band Network community, provide key leadership and managerial skills, provide art, copy-writing and even author a few songs along the way.
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Anders Clerwall
Senior Developer
Most Wanted Song
Ghost of Perdition by Opeth
No one knows the ins and outs of the Harmonix midi and audio format more than Anders Clerwall, no one that doesn't work at Harmonix at least. Anders works professionally on the Frostbite Engine team at Digital Illusions CE (DICE), spoke at GDC '09 on the topic of HDR Audio and was the one responsible for bringing Guitar Hero customization to the masses with his user-friendly tools and software. In addition to his illustrious professional software development experience, Anders is a self-taught guitarist of 18 years, yet another skill in his repertoire that will help Rhythm Authors succeed. Anders will focus on the development of tools and software designed to make our chart authors jobs easier and will likely even do a little authoring himself. Either way, he is an amazing addition to the Rhythm Authors team and will certainly aid in its success.
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Nick Bruno
Senior Author / Website Developer
Most Wanted Song
Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin
Nick Bruno has authored and released over 30 high-quality songs for the Guitar Hero games and doesn't plan to slow down now that he gets to do it professionally for Rhythm Authors. He's a Computer Engineering major at Villanova University and has been an ardent musician since the 4th grade, focusing heavily on the drums. As a ScoreHero community leader, Nick developed and wrote the most extensive and fully-featured Guitar Hero customization guide available on the internet, he will be bringing his proven community building track record to the world of Rock Band through Rhythm Authors. In addition to authoring amazing tracks for fellow Rock Band aficionados, Nick will be putting his programming and professional web development experience to good use on the Rhythm Authors website.
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Andrew Funk
Senior Author
Most Wanted Song
Sick Sad Little World by Incubus
Bringing a life long love of music, Andrew Funk takes the term 'passion' to a whole new level. Andrew has been a key piece of the Guitar Hero community since the very beginning and has always been at the forefront of innovative community projects; including CustomHero.net and now Rhythm Authors. Holding a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Andrew knows what it takes to be successful during difficult times and will be bringing his optimism and unique views on business to the Rhythm Authors team. Andrew will do all he can to ensure that Rhythm Authors produces top-tier charts whose quality will be indiscernible from that of Harmonix's, his pedigree and work ethic makes that prospect inevitable.
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Dave Barley
Senior Author
Most Wanted Song
I Am A Tree by Guided by Voices
Joining ScoreHero.com in its infant months, Dave brought a borderline-obsessive wealth of knowledge of the early Guitar Hero games to the ScoreHero staff in late 2006. Since then, Dave has been influential in the development of site policies and has poured hundreds of hours into preserving the integrity of ScoreHero's leaderboards. A recent graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Geography, Dave has worked professionally with valuable experience producing high-quality cartography for clients. This strong attention to detail and 20 years of musical training (with experience on piano, synthesizers and percussion) will enhance Dave's skills as an author and internal reviewer and add to the Rhythm Authors team's demand for perfection.
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Chris Hilgart
Senior Author
Most Wanted Song
Hotel California by Eagles
Chris has a long history with video games and loves to take things apart, which is why he found the customization scene of Guitar Hero so fascinating. He was responsible for deriving many of the nuances, such as animation and lighting events, of the midi files from the Guitar Hero series as well as creating top-quality authored songs recognized by CustomHero.net, a peer-reviewed database for authoring that rivals the quality of official Harmonix content. Chris has held a love of music for most of his life, beginning with playing the piano when he was nine years old. Since then he has learned to play the saxophone and electric guitar. Combining his knowledge and experience with his perfectionist tendencies, Chris is responsible for authoring songs, internal reviewing, and developing new standards that the entire Rock Band Network can use to ensure quality in all content.
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Danny Gouker
Senior Author
Most Wanted Song
Whippersnapper by Wayne Krantz
Danny comes to Rhythm Authors from an extensive musical background; he has been playing trumpet for 12 years. Currently attending Towson University on scholarship for Jazz Performance, he performs constantly as a gigging musician in Baltimore/Washington D.C. area with his own groups as well as experimental Jazz/Rock group, Longbottom (www.myspace.com/longbottom). With his friends and relationships in the music business, Danny will bring new and exciting music into the Rock Band platform. Over the last few years, Danny has become heavily involved in the integration of music and technology; he has written custom software in Python, Max/MSP, and Pure Data programming languages which he uses for live performance, composition, and production. With heavy technical expertise and strong musicianship skills, Danny will ensure the quality and realistic feel to all Rhythm Authors tracks, especially on his specific area of expertise, vocals.