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Assistant Professor

Director, Sound Recording Technology

James Adams is Assistant Professor and Director of Sound Recording Technology at Stephen F. Austin State University. Adams moved to Texas from Los Angeles, California, where he was a technical producer and engineer for Incite, a design and production agency.

Adams earned his Master of Music from the University of Akron in Ohio where he studied Music Technology and held a graduate teaching assistant position under Professor Douglas Hicks. While at UA, Adams also studied electronic and electro-acoustic composition under doctors Resanovic, Brownlow and McCarthy. Adams cofounded the UA Music Technology Ensemble, contributed original compositions and performed in multiple recitals with the group. He also assisted in the redesign and implementation of a new recording and production system for all UA School of Music performances.

Adams completed his Bachelor of Music at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where he studied composition, piano, guitar and vocals. Prior to his formal music education, he received a Certificate in Computer Electronics Technologies from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.

As a composer, producer, recording engineer and performing musician, Adams has worked with the School of Velocity production group and Humbled Music, both from Los Angeles. While working as a producer and engineer at Incite, Adams contributed to the design of MAUD—a large synthesizer which has been featured at several installations and performances throughout Los Angeles. From 2010–2013, while attending Humboldt State, he was an audio engineer at the C. Crane Company where he co-founded their specialized audio division Center Point Audio, contributing to the design and production of several successful audio products. As a professional musician, Adams was the lead guitarist and vocalist for a west-coast rock group named The Malone from 2006–2011, which created over 60 original compositions, had several live radio broadcast performances, and performed frequently throughout northern California.

Special areas of interest for Adams, in addition to music technology, include the evolving field of music cognition’s study of the relationship between music and the brain, music composition and sound as reinforcement for plot and themes in video games, and opportunities for using interactive visual media in live music performances.